Kellie Pickler Tapes ‘Country Christmas’ in Nashville

onstage at the CMA Country Christmas at the Bridgestone Arena on November 11,  2010 in Nashville,  Tennessee.

Kellie Pickler was festive in red as she taped the ABC Country Christmas special at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville last night.

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The 90 minute special also features Rascal Flatts, Sugarland, Brad Paisley, Reba McEntire, Martina McBride, Darius Rucker, LeAnn Rimes, Sheryl Crow and Little Big Town.

The photos reveal that Kellie sang a duet with Darius Rucker…and some children. The special airs on November 29

Photos after the JUMP…

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  1. Never mind the ta-tas — that dress makes her look like she has humongous hips.

  2. Love Kellie, but I’m really not loving that hairstyle on her. The dress is fine, though it does make her look hippy.

  3. I’m wondering if the pictures of Kellie and Darius are from a group sing finale. According to Twitter reports and an article MJ‘s going to post Kellie sang Santa Baby. It fits with the dress she wore.

  4. Recently, it seems like Kellie is channeling Marilyn Monroe more and more with her look. That retro “Making Me Fall In Love Again” video, and now the dresses both here and at the CMAs. I know she cites dolly Parton as one of her idols; is Marilyn on that list, too? FWIW I’m not too keen on that particular look, but it sorta works for Kellie.
    Also, no Carrie? I’m shocked that she wouldn’t be in on something like this. Perhaps she’s doing another special of her own….

  5. Recently, it seems like Kellie is channeling Marilyn Monroe more and more with her look.

    I think it is Dolly Parton; between the dumb schtick she does and the “enhancement”. Her voice even sounds more Dollyish to me than when she was on Idol.

    Love the red color, but the style, nah, very,very hippy.

    She is cute and funny, I guess no matter who she is trying to emulate.

  6. OvenMitt: Also, no Carrie? I’m shocked that she wouldn’t be in on something like this. Perhaps she’s doing another special of her own….

    I think Carrie skipped it because the taping was yesterday and Carrie had to get back out on the road for her tour. With all the stuff going with cohosting the CMAs, media interviews, performing twice, and all that, I’d guess she just wanted a day to recuperate because she’s got another full show tonight.

    I’m pretty sure she’s not doing another Christmas special this year: she definitely hasn’t taped one yet so there wouldn’t be time to get it together. She’ll be pretaping something for CBS for their Thanksgiving Day parade coverage though.

  7. If she sang “Santa Baby” that dress is perfect. I actually love the dress but the hair is a big ???? for me.

  8. Kelly is looking more and more fake and tacky looking as the years pass. Going for Dolly for sure. As much as I now like Kelly, I wish she would have stayed young and fresh looking.

  9. Surprised if she did Santa Baby, I thought she had that out as a Christmas song last year, and Taylor Swift also did it. Why not choose a new song?

  10. I think most if not all people performed the Christmas related songs they’re more identified with. Like Leann Rimes did Rockin Around The Christmas Tree, Martina did O Holy Night, and LBT did Go Tell It On The Mountain.

  11. My first thought when looking at the pix was that Kellie looks like a country Marilyn Monroe. I guess I’m not the only one who thought this.

    She seems to have lost that cute, natural Kellie that we loved while on Idol. But, if it works for her, who am I to judge?

  12. Didn’t care for her back in the day, but she’s proven to be one of the most savvy ex-idol contestants. I think her look differentiates her from the other country blondes. She’s milked a pretty good career on a so-so voice and a lot of personality.

  13. Windmills is correct. I was there, and the pics of Kellie with Darius and the children are from the “finale”. My fave performance of the night was Rascal Flatts acapella version of “I’ll Be Home For Christmas”. It blew everyone away. Close second was Brad Paisley singing “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” with just his guitar. Really enjoyed Little Big Town as well.

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