Are you buying Kellie Pickler's shtick-ler?

152539__kellie_lSimon Cowell may like her better than Season 4 champ Carrie Underwood, but not everybody’s a fan of current American Idol wannabe Kellie Pickler. In today’s Palm Beach Post, for example, writer Leslie Gray Streeter compares the blonde, North Carolina naif to Edward Norton’s murder suspect in Primal Fear. ”She’s laying on that ‘I ain’t never been nowhere and don’t know nothing but I’m as shiny as a shrimp in grits to be here and swim in your see-ment pond!’ thing a little thick. And I ain’t buying it,” Streeter writes (thanks to TV Tattle for the link).

I’m not entirely sure I’d disagree with Streeter. I mean, it can’t have escaped Pickles that Jessica Simpson was once a bargain-bin Britney — that is, until she got her own reality show and marveled that Chicken of the Sea was a brand of tuna. Indeed, the way Kellie has marveled at big-city food like calamari and ”sal-mon” has come off as more than a tad forced. But in her defense, I think Pickles was genuinely confused when Simon called her a ”naughty little minx” last night; that bewildered ”I’m a mink!” retort was priceless, and darn good TV. So while I don’t necessarily trust Kellie, she’s definitely making Idol‘s fifth season more interesting to watch. Just as long as she doesn’t outlast the lovely and talented Mandisa!, that is…

What do you think of Kellie Pickler? Is she just a good ol’ Southern girl — or the devil in disguise?

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  • Jennifer

    I don’t buy her I’m just so sweet act. I don’t really think she’s the devil either, just a dumb, irritating blonde. We already have a naive redneck running our country, we don’t need one for our idol too.

  • donner

    I ain’t buyin what she’s sellin either…someone on the other Idol board ya’ll are running posted a great website where you can find all the lies she’s spreading –

  • Aaron

    I’m buying it and I’m loving it. I’ve met girls like her and, let’s be honest men, the whole thing is pretty charming.

  • Matt

    Don’t buy it. Can’t stand her! She has got to go!! Go Mandesa!!!!!

  • jojo

    I have a huge problem with her name. I don’t know why, but “Pickler” drives me batty. I think it sounds made up.
    Same contestants, same songs, different year… YAWN

  • Maveness

    God. So anyone with a southern accent is a redneck these days? Yay! Although let me say, I value a good redneck (good, not to be confused with politician) and their honesty over the put on airs of big city folk looking to make a buck by stabbing the little guy in the back.
    First, Kellie is a North Carolinian, living in a town very close to South Carolina. I’m not defending her talent (or lack thereof), since I think she’s the weakest female in the competition right now and her reign needs to end. But Kellie is in every way a cuter, younger, less judgemental version of my grandmother. My grandmother finds her cute and adorable and oh, by the way, what does “minx” mean? (Her exact words from last night, post-Idol.) We don’t have Calamari in restaurants unless you go to Charlotte, Greensboro or Raleigh. Salads really do consist mainly of iceburg lettuce. We also have foods that people in the rest of the country don’t. It’s called diversity! Wow! (Oh, and contrary to Kinnik’s food claims, most folks don’t cop to eating chitlins. Heck, I won’t go near the things. Ugh.)
    I think she knows she has a good thing going, but honestly? My mother tried salmon for the first time the other day (that wasn’t mixed with cornmeal and eggs into a salmon pattie). At 52 years old and a very educated woman. And you don’t see Bucky enjoying California food any more than Kellie is. I know folks seem confused by rural NC, but it is possible to be *that* out of touch. And heck, it’s not even Appalachia!

  • garry

    Lay off Kellie! Looks like the rest of you are so jaded and cynical (except Aaron) that you refuse to believe it’s possible for her to be genuinely sweet and a tad naive. I love her personality, her looks, and definitely her voice.
    Mandisa isn’t much more than a loud, shrieking gospel singer who shouts every song the same way. I find her irritating and, frankly, difficult to watch. So good luck, Kellie! I’m with you!

  • Hallie

    She’s a fraud.

  • Vance

    Sadly, I totally buy it and love it! Usually I’m on the cynical end (whats wrong with me this year? I even like Will Makar!?!) though I’m totally not buying Katharine, she seems to play it up a bit too much for me (more than even Paris, who drives me nuts but at least she seems to bop her head in real life, kinda like those bobbleheads.)

  • Sam

    I’m totally digging Pickler. And I’ve got a pretty good BS detector. I also think that Simon wouldn’t respond to her the way he does if she was faking.
    But I gotta agree with the detractors on her voice. Her pipes are nowhere near Katherine McPhee’s or Mandisa! (my favorite of the XXers).

  • Mike

    Why, oh why, is ignorance applauded and encouraged? I know people love rooting for the underdog but please remember that AI should primarily be a singing competition and she’s just a fourth-rate Kelly Clarkson/Carrie Underwood wannabe (and ain’t nevah gonna be!)

  • Fatima

    Usually I get annoyed by Idol Sob Stories and fan favorites,but Kellie seems a hundred percent genuine. I honestly don’t think she’s putting on an act and its endearing. She’s not my favorite and I don’t want her to win, but she is likable AND talented, so I wish her the best throughout the show.

  • Ali

    Her act is probably forced, but I think all of the AI contenstants put on a “i’m so sweet, nice and innocent” act. Except for Brenna, and look what happened to her.

  • Roxanne

    Well, she obviously was able to find the hair-color aisle at Wal-mart.
    A minx is a flirtatious girl, and she certainly is that. Simon must be as dumb as Kellie’s pretending to be if he’s really buying into her act.

  • Fatima

    Well even if she is a little bit “dumb”, she’s not nearly as dumb as Michael Slezak for saying that Lisa should go home tonight in his Idol Recap. yeah because for a 16 year old she’s not amazing at all! Nor could she improve at all! and I’m SO SURE Melissa won’t be kicked out first if she makes the top 12! Geez.

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