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VIDEO: Kellie Pickler Like You've Never Seen Her Before -- In a 2004 Beauty Pageant!

Kellie Pickler is currently known as a top contender on ABC’s Dancing With the Stars. Before that, she was recognized as a sweet and successful country artist after coming in 6th place on American Idol in 2006. But prior to her fame, Kellie was just a small town girl trying to get noticed — and we’ve got the video evidence!

In 2004, Kellie aimed to be the next Miss America, and started off by winning The Miss Stanly County beauty pageant at age 17. While seeing her sing during the talent portion of the competition isn’t so surprising, the video also shows Kellie prancing around stage in a bikini and remaining poised while participating in the Q&A section of the pageant. Check it out!

Kellie continued on to compete for the title of Miss North Carolina, but came up short. Luckily, American Idol auditions began the next fall.

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