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Kellie Pickler Is Ready to Bust a Move on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" Season Premiere Tonight

Image courtesy of ABC/Jon LeMay (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of ABC/Jon LeMay (via ABC News Radio)

Kellie Pickler makes her debut on the dance floor Monday night with the season premiere of ABC's Dancing with the Stars . She has wanted to compete on the show for years, and the timing finally worked out for her to do it this year.

Kellie tells ABC News Radio, "I'm excited. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't a little nervous, but I'm looking forward to everything. It's really fun actually."

Since Kellie competed on American Idol back in 2006, she's no stranger to courting votes from the people in TV land. In fact, Kellie is the first Idol to compete on Dancing with the Stars , and some of her fans have resurrected the "Pick Pickler" campaign from her Idol days to help get votes in her new venture.

"It means a lot that they even remember me saying 'Pick Pickler' on Idol and that they've kept that saying going," she says.

Kellie has been paired with three-time Dancing with the Stars champ Derek Hough , but she doesn't think Derek's success gives her a leg up over any of the competition this season.

Kellie explains, "All of the contestants have phenomenal, professional dancers.  We all have great teachers.  There's no, 'So and so's better than so and so.'  This is what they do.  This is their life, and that dance floor is their home."

In the end, Kellie is glad to pick up some hot dance moves from such a great instructor.

She says, "It's really cool that they're opening the door and letting us come in and they're gonna teach us as much as they can."

Wynonna is also competing on this season of Dancing with the Stars , premiering Monday night at 8 Eastern on ABC.

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