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Kellie Pickler Advances to ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Finals


Kellie Pickler learned she’d advance to next week’s ‘Dancing With the Stars’ finals during Tuesday night’s (March 14) results show. The country singer was the second contestant of the remaining five deemed as safe. For the first time ever, four dancers will compete during the show’s final week.

Pickler and partner Derek Hough’s dazzling Argentine Tango earned a perfect 30 from the judges on Monday night, but a 28 after her Flamenco left the ‘Someone Somewhere Tonight’ singer in a tie for third. It’s not clear if any of the remaining four contestants were truly in danger, but Disney star Zandaya was the last to be called safe after a disappointing total of 55 on Monday.

‘General Hospital’ star Ingo Rademacher and partner Kym Johnson were eliminated after two dances that put them far behind the competition. The pair scored a combined 51 for their Samba and Charleston, four points lower than Zendaya’s fourth place tally. Joining Zendaya and Pickler in the finals will be NFL wide receiver Jacoby Jones and Olympic gymnast Alexandra Raisman.

Overall this season, Pickler’s average score is higher than any other celebrity in Season 16 of ‘Dancing With the Stars.’ Next week, singer and former ‘DWTS’ contestant Wynonna Judd is scheduled to return to sing. Judd has been sharing her excitement about the performance all week on her Twitter page.

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