Any minute now I'm expecting to wake up, to realize that this was all a dream. I am so overwhelmed with joy and honestly, I'm still in shock. As Tom was announcing the winner of Season 16's DWTS, I was replaying in my mind every dance that Derek and I shared out there on that dance floor...every laugh, every tear, and all the memories that we and the cast & crew of Season 16 shared together in that very room. When Tom said our names, it didn't even register with me until I saw the look on Derek's face. All I remember next was confetti flying and everyone running out on the dance floor! Jacoby threw me up on his shoulders and Derek was up on Mark's and we were holding that mirror ball trophy up high in the air (btw that thing weighs like 20lbs)... Jacoby yelled, "Don't drop that thing on my head!" Ha ha!
Of course, I will miss dancing but most importantly I will miss the people...the other contestants, the pros, and ALL of the people that are behind the curtain that make this show even possible...the crew, stage hands, wardrobe, hair/makeup stylists, producers, and let's not forget about that unbelievable band! There is an army of people that you don't see that work harder & longer hours than we do just to make this show even possible. We've all made so many special memories and overcome so many fears out there on that dance floor. I am so honored to have been a part of Season 16's Dancing With The Stars.
Thank y'all so much for supporting ALL of us on the show and helping us to create such a memorable season! I can't wait to go back and cheer on the next season!!!
MUCH LOVE & MANY BLESSINGS, XO PICKLER :)
Wednesday 22nd of May 2013 07:25:27 PM
Unbelievable night. Absolutely unbelievable.
Y'all don't forget to Vote!!!! ;) 1-800-868-3401
Tuesday 21st of May 2013 02:57:20 AM
3 minutes ago ·
Backstage sitting in my trailer with Aly getting ready for the big show tonight. She and I just watched my American Idol audition. I can't help but tear up when I see myself at "19 & green" walking into that Idol audition and singing in front of Paula, Randy, and Simon....I was terrified. Absolutely terrified. It's crazy how much time has passed and how much my life has changed since Idol. However I still have those moments where I feel like that little girl venturing off into the world, that "Alice in Wonderland" feeling.
DWTS has been an unbelievable journey and a wonderful learning experience. Not only has Derek taught me to dance but he's also taught me something more important, that it's ok to trust. Growing up the way I did I've always had trust issues, the only person I could completely count on was myself. In dancing, it is so important that you trust your partner. You never know what's gonna happen when you get out there on that dance floor...so you have to trust one another and be confident that you and your partner will take care of one another. For our supersize freestyle tonight, we're not "supersizing in production, we are going to supersize in emotion. We are going to tell a story (my story) through the power of dance. This dance is about allowing yourself to be vulnerable and allowing yourself to trust, no matter what the outcome is.
I hope that y'all enjoy the show tonight...see ya on the dance floor! XO PICKLER
Monday 20th of May 2013 07:36:42 PM
DWTS Flashback to our "Group Samba" dance!! Me rocking the "stank face" & D-rock rocking his stash!!!
Monday 20th of May 2013 02:47:32 PM
Looking back over the past few months, it's unbelievable what all has happened. It feels like only yesterday when I got my first dance blister on my foot, LOL...seriously, where did the time go??? DWTS has been an amazing journey and I feel so blessed to have been a part of it. This week is finale week and it looks like that shiny mirror ball is in anyone's court. All Derek and I can do is get out there and dance our best and hopefully impact people enough to vote. :)
Thank y'all so much for enabling Derek and I to make it all the way to the finale!!! Honestly, I never thought I'd make it this far! Y'all continue to bless me with your unconditional love and support. XO PICKLER
Monday 20th of May 2013 10:47:22 AM
I love my husband.
Thursday 16th of May 2013 11:57:11 AM
Flashback photo to week 1 on DWTS!!! Can't believe the finale is NEXT WEEK!!!!
Wednesday 15th of May 2013 10:31:16 AM
I cannot believe that Derek and I made it to the finale and we also got the encore dance tonight too!!! WAHOO!! We wouldn't have made it without your votes/support....so THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! We have a busy week ahead of us to prepare for the finale, but I'm looking forward to it. :)
Tuesday nights = minus one couple...I absolutely love Ingo and Kim!!! Ingo is so sweet and I gotta say, I'm really gonna miss lil Peanut and his funny video packages...he is one cute kid!! Kim is an absolute doll and being that she is a pro dancer I will luckily still see her on the dance floor. Hopefully the whole cast will be back for the finale show!!! It'd be awesome to have the whole gang back for one last dance!
I hope everyone enjoyed the show tonight...see you next week!!! XOXO PICKLER
Wednesday 15th of May 2013 01:50:24 AM
What did y'all think of DWTS tonight???
Derek and I scored our first three 10's of the season with our Argentine Tango!!! Yeehaw!!! :)
Hopefully we danced hard enough to make it to next week's finals!!! Fingers crossed!!! Hope everyone has a great night!! Sleep tight! XO PICKLER
PS: Jane Seymour was at the show tonight!!! I had to be a "gherm" and get a picture!!! Love her!! ;)
Tuesday 14th of May 2013 02:01:13 AM
It's the BIG DAY!!! Derek and I just ran through our dances with the band and it went great!!! We are actually opening up the show tonight with our Argentine Tango and then dancing our Flamenco later in the show! Our costumes are amazing...I'll be rocking some pretty cool wigs tonight too! ;)
We are one week from the DWTS finale and we've worked too hard to get sent home tomorrow, so that mean's we gotta BRING IT tonight!! See y'all on the dance floor!!!!
Don't forget to VOTE "Pickler & Hough"!!!
VOTE on Facebook-> https://apps.facebook.com/votedwts/
THANK Y'ALL SO MUCH!!! XOXO PICKLER ;)
Monday 13th of May 2013 07:00:34 PM
Hope everyone had a great day. Derek and I had our last wardrobe fitting today and I gotta say, these might be my favorite costumes yet. We are dancing the Flamenco and the Argentine Tango...my Flamenco dress is gorgeous and my Tango number is red hot! ;)
We've been working really hard on our dances, they are definitely the toughest dances for me so far. Tomorrow is the big day so luckily we were able to squeeze in one last rehearsal to polish up our routines. I hope y'all are able to watch the show tomorrow...Pick Pickler & Hough!!!!
Monday 13th of May 2013 12:46:08 AM
Woke up this morning feeling like my body was trampled on by a horse, my legs feel like over cooked noodles so every step I take I feel like they're gonna collapse! LOL! ;)
I cannot believe we are less than 2 weeks away from the DWTS finale! I honestly didn't think I was going to make it this far. Today I have a meeting with the wardrobe department to try on my costumes for our Flamenco and Tango dance...then it's off to rehearsals!!!
BTW, My new single "SOMEONE SOMEWHERE TONIGHT" was just shipped to country radio yesterday!!! They should all have it by Monday, so please be sure to call your local country music station and request...I can't wait for y'all to hear it!!!! :)
Much Love, XO PICKLER
Saturday 11th of May 2013 12:30:43 PM
Long day of rehearsals for our Flamenco and Argentine Tango...Monday is right around the corner and I have a lot of work to do. :(
Saturday 11th of May 2013 04:02:58 AM
Just wanted to take a quick minute to thank everyone who voted for us on DWTS this past week, because of you we get to dance another week! :)
We worked really hard on our Waltz and our Paso. I'm so happy that we got our first 10 from Carrie Ann & we got another 10 from Bruno for our Paso! Len however, wasn't too crazy about it and gave us a 7. I totally respect his opinion though...not everyone likes their coffee the same way. ;)
Regardless, I am very proud of our paso and wish we could have danced it again for the encore. So far this season, Derek and I have not gotten to dance an encore dance. There's only 2 weeks left so maybe we will get to do it next week...I'm honestly not sure how they pick which couple get's to do the encore. Next week Derek and I are dancing the Argentine Tango and the fans voted for us to dance the Flamenco, whatever that is? Ha ha!
I have a photo shoot today and then dance rehearsals...gonna be a long day but I ain't complaining!
Seriously, thank y'all again for supporting us...we love being out there on that dance floor!!! Hope y'all have a GREAT day!!!
BTW...For those of you who did not see Derek and Jamie's "Gravity Defying Dance", I've posted a link below. I know how hard he worked on it and it is KILLER!!! So proud of my
VIDEO: Derek Hough and Jaimie Goodwin's Gravity-Defying Dance
A rotating room provides a mind-bending setting for Derek's latest choreography set to Kerli's song, "Walking on Air." Dancing with the Stars ABC MONDAYS 8|7c and TUESDAYS 9|8c.
Thursday 9th of May 2013 12:45:29 PM
Today is the day!!! Derek and I are as ready as we'll ever be. We are dancing 2 dances tonight, the Viennese Waltz first and then the Paso Doble. Even though Len and Bruno gave us 10s for our dance, Carrie Ann wasn't necessarily feeling the emotion in my dance. I highly respect all 3 of the judges and value their opinions, so I really want/need to step it up.
Derek asked me in rehearsals the other day "If you could dance one last dance with anyone, who would it be?" I replied, "This might sound weird, but my grandmother Faye." My grandmother Faye was the woman who raised me, she was the woman I called mom. When I was 15, she was diagnosed with cancer and then died the very next morning. Derek told me to think of her while I dance our Viennese Waltz...so that's what I'm gonna do. Lord knows, I'll probably fall to pieces out there on the dance floor. But whatever happens, happens...and what will be, will be. And I know that one sweet day I'll get to dance with my Grandma in heaven...
Monday 6th of May 2013 10:46:21 AM
Short update: Rehearsals went well today, tomorrow we have camera blocking to run through the whole show and then we have one last rehearsal to "polish up" everything before Monday night's show. Fingers crossed that all goes great!!!! :-)
I hope everyone had a wonderful Saturday!!! Much love!! Xo Pickler
Sunday 5th of May 2013 12:47:47 AM
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