The performance received a long standing ovation from the audience.

Pickler returned to the studio for her second album with 19 Recordings.

They eloped and got married in an Island in Caribbean instead.

In 2008, she met Kyle Jacobs, a songwriter and got engaged to him after he proposed to her on the beach at the sunset.

They set the date and were making luxurious arrangements for the marriage when they realized that it wouldn’t suit them.

And given her tough upbringing, I find it impossible not to root for her. Has done dirtier things – and there’s video to prove it – than some adult movie stars.

That said, I don’t really like the idea of her and Kid. Kellie is hot and naive, and that’s a combination that’s bound to get her into trouble.

She released a self-titled album in September 2008.

She was compared to Jessica Simpson in a March 27 story in US Weekly magazine titled "Kellie: The Next Jessica Simpson", due to her "sweet Southern style and ditzy demeanor".

In its first week, the album sold well over 79,000 copies, entering the Billboard Hot 200 chart at number nine.

"Small Town Girl” includes songs about her personal struggles. She was nominated for Top New Female Vocalist at the 42nd Country Music Awards.

She also toured that year with country music star Brad Paisley, hitting at least 37 cities across North America and Canada.