Let's remember Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough's iconic 'Footloose' dance

Jun 27, 2018
04:46 A.M.

Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough amazed the audience and the judges with their incredible performance to Footloose on Dancing with the Stars season 16.


The video of their act was shared YouTube on May 28, 2013.

Country music fans were first introduced to Pickler on the fifth season of America Idol. She was placed sixth in the competition but that did not stop her from becoming country music's queen of reality TV.

After making a name for herself on the music scene, she returned to reality TV about seven years later. She teamed up with professional dancer, Derek Hough, for season 16 of Dancing with the Stars.

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The two started out as the favorites in the competition, earning the top scores from the judges for six weeks of the show's ten weeks.


One of their performances from the show will forever be etched in the audience's memory. They won the hearts with their jive dance during week three of the competition.


The theme of the week was 'Prom Night,' and Pickler and Hough picked a song associated with one of the most famous prom scenes in movies.

They chose Kenny Loggins' Footloose, a song part of the soundtrack to the film of the same name.

In the movie, the song plays during the final scene of the film, during which all the youngsters celebrate their newfound freedom.


The partners amazed everyone with their spunky jive. The fast-paced routine contained kicks and tricks with Pickler even breaking into the splits.

Hough shares a connection with the movie. The professional dancer is a brother to country singer and dancer Julianne Hough. He played one of the main characters, Ariel Moore, when the film was remade in 2011.


The electrifying performance earned a score of 25 out of 30 from the judges and helped them succeed in their campaign.

According to People, Hough almost took a break from the show but changed his mind at the last minute. He was probably glad he did picking up the title with his country-singer partner.

After the episode, he said, “She’s got that ability, which for me is so fun to discover. It’s wonderful.”

Pickler too has praised her partner, calling him the answer to a prayer. She complimented him for the way he asked her to prom and for being a “great date.”

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