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    Kellie Pickler Live!

    August 28, 2017

    Think you know country music sensation Kellie Pickler? Think again! We've rounded up five facts about the artist that only the most diehard of fans know.

    1. Kellie had a rough childhood.

    The artist was born in Albemarle, North Carolina to 18-year-old Cynthia Morton and Clyde "Bo" Raymond Pickler, Jr. Kellie's dad was an abusive alcoholic and spent many years in and out of jail. Morton left Kellie when she was only two years old. The court granted full custody to her grandparents who raised her.

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    2. She was a beauty queen.

    Kellie Pickler participated in the Miss America circuit, winning the title of "Miss Stanly County" at 17. She went on to compete for Miss North Carolina in 2004.

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    3. Tough American Idol Judge, Simon Cowell, favored the singer.

    In 2005, when she was 19, Pickler auditioned for American Idol. She made it to the Top 12. Notoriously tough judge Simon Cowell claimed Kellie Pickler was one of his favorites, once saying he preferred Pickler over the previous season's winner, Carrie Underwood. Pickler didn't win the show, but she received plenty of recognition for her time as a contestant, eventually signing a record deal with 19 Recordings/BNA Records on July 17, 2006.

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    4. Cheeseburgers and a movie make for the perfect date.

    Kellie used to be a burger joint waitress and loves cheeseburgers so much that she's revealed in many interviews her perfect date includes munching down on cheeseburgers and going to the movies. Pickler isn't picky, she's even happy renting a movie and watching it from the comfort of home.

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    5. She gets star struck just like the rest of us!

    Kellie Pickler adores actor Clint Eastwood. During an interview Pickler proclaimed her love for actor Clint Eastwood by saying, "Oh my God, I just want to lick his face! I love him!" When interviewed alongside Eastwood, the excited Pickler fawned over him the entire time and even sat on his lap.

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    Get Tickets To The Show!

    We're excited to announce that Kellie Pickler is coming to Bettendorf for A Special Evening with Kellie Pickler performance! The country music artist will be performing on Friday, September 22 at 7:30 p.m. at the Quad Cities Waterfront Convention Center. General admission tickets are $45 and VIP tickets are $55. Purchase tickets online or visit the Fan Club®. After the show be sure to visit the casino and present your ticket stub for a free draft beer!

    We're also throwing a special Kellie Pickler Meet & Greet giveaway. On Friday, September 1, 8 & 15 at 9:00 p.m., we'll be giving away a pair of Meet and Greet passes for the Kellie Pickler concert, two VIP tickets to the show, a free hotel stay and a $50 food credit to Keller's® American Grill!
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