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America just keeps on voting for Kellie Pickler! As an American Idol Season 5 finalist, Kellie Pickler earned a reputation as being cute, honest and well maybe, a little ditzy. "I just say what...

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America just keeps on voting for Kellie Pickler! As an American Idol Season 5 finalist, Kellie Pickler earned a reputation as being cute, honest and well maybe, a little ditzy. "I just say what I'm thinking," admits Pickler. "And if I don't know the answer or what it is somebody is talking about, well, I ask. If I didn't know the answer but acted like I did, well, isn't that playing dumb?" As usual, Kellie makes a lot of sense.

Fast forward almost two years and fans keep voting for Kellie. Her debut album, Small Town Girl, was certified Gold just three months after its release and the album has yielded three top 15 singles. The first song and sassy, "Red High Heels," went top 15 and as a co-writer, earned Kellie an ASCAP song as one of the most played songs of 2006 â€" 07. The deeply personal, "I Wonder," the song she wrote about her mother, was her next top 15 hit and her performance of the song on the CMA Awards was one of the highlights of the evening.

Her current song, "Things That Never Cross A Man's Mind," is top 20 and Kellie found it to be a favorite among the U.S. troops in Iraq when Kellie made her first trip overseas on a USO Tour in December. A documentary of the week long visit was turned into an hour special that is running on Great American Country TV. The special was the highest rated show in its debut week.

Kellie performs all of her hits and more on tour. She spent 2007 on tour with Brad Paisley on his Bonfires & Amplifiers Tour and 2008 has kept her busy opening for Rascal Flatts. She's now also singing songs that she's written for her sophomore album.

With Kellie's own dreams taking root, she reflects on her past and finds strength and inspiration. "What I've learned the last year is that no dream is too big. You can let things bring you down or you can use them to make you stronger. I used everything that happened to me as fuel to get me where I am today. You can't give up on your dreams 'cause sometimes, that's all you have. You should always give yourself the benefit of the doubt."