I wonder about Kellie Pickler's CMA waterworks...

At last night’s CMA Awards — check out the winners here — Kellie Pickler did a tearful rendition of her autobiographical abandonment ballad "I Wonder." She sounded better than I ever thought she would, and the audience gave her a standing ovation — and yet, I’m still wondering whether the waterworks at song’s end (specifically, the perfectly-timed sniffling) weren’t well-rehearsed.

Perhaps this is just me picking on Pickler. You’d never see me questioning Jennifer Nettles’ tears in Sugarland’s heartwrenching "Stay" video. (If Nettles and Trisha Yearwood ever released a duet, I swear I would explode from sensory overload.) And maybe it doesn’t even matter if Pickler was genuinely feeling the moment. She was, after all, performing.

Still, does it matter to you whether singers tears are real? And how moved were you by Pickler’s?

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  • Anonymous

    I didn’t think her tears were real when she was crying about her parents on Idol, and I don’t think they were real this time either. She cries every time she sings this on tv, doesn’t she?

  • Anonymous

    As much as I don’t care for Kellie’s music. I’m more of a Carrie fan in country music. Kellie I think was eerily genuine last night, much so, that it was very uncomfotable to watch the tale end. While the song I am sure is emotional to sing. But it’s like that moment on the CMA Stage, singing about her mother leaving her (which really happened), abandoning. It seemed very real. Especially since her mother is starting to come of the woodwork and making it known she’s Kellie Pickler’s mother. Didn’t care for her singing on American Idol past the first week or two, but she did a great job last night. It felt really genuine. As much I love Sugarland’s song “Stay”, now that feel’s like she’s acting. Unless she has had personal experience. Maybe she does. But I just don’t feel it when the waterworks come on. Speaking as a non-Kellie fan, I didn’t think she was acting. IF she was, I think it stopped being acting by the end.

  • Stephen

    I thought they were real the first time on Idol but now she cries every time she’s on TV practically. I know she had a traumatic childhood, but many people do and they are fine. I will say, thoug, that her cd is better than I thought it would be, even though she can drop the dumb act. That seems as fake as the tears.

  • Matt

    Kellie cries everytime she performs this song. I saw her in concert twice. She always gets emotional, and that’s okay. I think maybe she plays it up now, but it is sill her real emotion and feeligns toward her mom. She really is a sweet girl.

  • bb

    She pulled the same stunt on “The View” when she first put at that song in spring.
    She’s a good crier though.

  • aymzer

    I don’t think Kellie is a good enough actress to fake cry. That song always gives me goose bumps and my mother didn’t even abandon me. I think maybe the word Tennessee really hit her b/c she realized where she was at the moment and that she had really made it…this was the first time for her to sing on that stage wasn’t it?
    I will say that Jennifer didn’t even have to cry to get a standing ovation…that song is beautifully done.

  • keely supporter

    Even if she did cry each and every time she sang that song, it doesn’t mean the tears aren’t real. It is a VERY personal song and an event that shaped her entire life! We all have things that affect us that we push back because they hurt too much to deal with. Can you even imagine dealing with those things on TV and in front of a live audience? Anyone who dishes her is just cold hearted….

  • Mommy3girls1boy

    That song is a personal experience that Kellie relives each time she sings. I think last night she was overwhelmed by the emotions of where she was and what she was singing about. She really feels that song because she has lived it. I love Kellie and think she is going to be very big on the country music scene. Cut her some slack. I don’t think she would just cry to get attention. She doesn’t need a trick like that. She is beautiful and has a natural charm and talent. She isn’t some overproduced industry product like some other artists. She is the real deal whether she is your style or not. Even though she didn’t win last night, she was in awe of how far she has come in such a short time. She has arrived!

  • Katy

    I’m with Mandi… Something about that performance last night really stuck in my craw. There’s something a little too polished about her act (not to mention her new face/body/wardrobe).

  • FLGrl

    Come on now! That was the most moving moment of the whole show! It was so genuine. She’s now home and belongs in Tennessee. Go Kellie! She looked beautiful and sophisticated, too.
    Jennifer Nettles teary-eyes for “Stay,” that’s more part of the performance I would say. Which is fine.

  • kelly supporter

    Sounds more like someone is jealous of her face/body/wardrobe to me…I say good for her!She deserves it. If she was plump and homely would the tears be more genuine to you then????

  • Lori

    I’m no big Kellie fan, but I’ve gotta say that those tears were real. Or are you nay sayers going to accuse her little brother of faking it too?

  • Victor

    I loved this year CMA… Rascal Flatts along with Gary LeVox and Jamie Foxx were great! I saw this great country music directory with lots of videos from people like Taylor Swift, Dierk Bentley and Alan Jackson: http://www.weshow.com/us/c/83/country_and_folk
    Which one of those is your favorite singer?

  • Kim

    The performance was good. She sounded better than I ever thought she could. I can understand her being emotional & all…the song has a personal meaning, etc. But there is still something about Kelli Pickler that bugs the crap out of me. She’s only famous because she was the ditzy blonde on American Idol. And to the person who said that we are just jealous because of how she looks…we could all look like that if we had stylists & a well done boob job…come on! Carrie Underwood has real, natural talent. Kelli Pickler…not so much. If you need to act dumb to get attention you don’t have my respect…just disdain.

  • ct

    i’m a singer and musician and the physical truth of the matter is that one you cry and become emotional, your vocal chords swell. the swelling seriously reduces your ability to sustain notes, change pitches, and its just too hard to sing that way. i think her story was sweet and she might have been genuine by the end, but if she was really crying out of emotion and not performance, she WOULD NOT have been able to sing what she did.

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