Kellie Pickler is proof that if you truly want something, just be patient. As one of the contestants on the latest season of "Dancing With the Stars," Pickler is finally getting to try her hand (and foot) at something she's been hoping to land for some time.
"I was approached in previous seasons to do the show, but it just didn't work out scheduling wise with timing," Pickler tells Roughstock. "They knew that I wanted to make it happen some how or another at some time, so this just worked out perfect. I have this little window where we are recording the record, so I'm bouncing from the recording studio to the dancing studio [laughs]. It just worked out perfect timing wise, I guess you could say. I'm really excited ... I really am."
While Pickler anticipated the gig being tough, she has been having no troubles showing America she cannot only belt out a song, but also cut a rug quite well.
"It's easy to sit at home and watch the show and if someone doesn't have a good week dancing, it's easy to sit at home and go, 'Oh, I can do that,'" she says. "But it's one thing to actually be there and do it. It's so technical. It's just so precise, and we're trying to learn all of this in two weeks before the show starts. We're trying to learn as much technique as we can. That's the tough part. I'm definitely getting a good workout, that's for sure [laughs]!"
So with her background including performing on television when she had her run on "American Idol," Pickler admits dancing is a whole other game, but she's up for the challenge. "I'd be lying if I said I wasn't a little nervous," Pickler says with a smile. "For the most part, I'm really trying to look at this as something exciting and fun to do. This isn't a life or death or make it or break it kind of a thing. This is no different than being in college or high school. You have your work -- your No. 1 priority -- but you have an extra curricular activity, whether it be baseball or basketball or cheerleading or chess club -- whatever. 'Dancing With the Stars' is my extra curricular activity! It's something fun to challenge myself and just grow. I think when life gives you those opportunities to take risks and jump, do it because I think it helps build your character. It helps you have an even greater respect for what you're learning. You just have a greater respect because you see how tough it is. You see just exactly what it is.
"I have an even greater respect for the dancers and the previous contestants that have been on the show before, because that's not what we do," she continues with laughter. "We're not dancers. We all have our career and we all have our job and our work. This is kind of nice to break up the monotony a little bit and have fun at the same time."
Pickler is also currently balancing work in the recording studio as well. The singer is in the beginning stages of plotting her forthcoming fourth studio album. Stay tuned to Roughstock for more from our interview with Pickler in the coming weeks.