'American Idol' alumni - Seasons 1-12: Where are they now? (Photos)

Slideshow posted in Photos | Tuesday, August 06, 2013

14 of 31: Season 5 of 'American Idol' also saw the emergence of country singer Kellie Pickler, who judge Simon Cowell often referred to as a 'naughty little minx.'

After being eliminated during the top 6, Pickler went onto achieve success as a country singer. To-date she has released three successful country albums, including 'Small Town Girl' in 2006, 'Kellie Pickler' in 2008 and '100 Proof' in 2012. In 2011, Pickler eloped with boyfriend Kyle Jacobs on a beach in Anitgua on New Year's Day. In 2012, Pickler turned heads when she decided to shave her hair off for a friend with breast cancer.

In 2013, Pickler was the first 'American Idol' contestant to compete on another popular competition series, ABC's 'Dancing With The Stars.' Pickler, who was deemed a front-runner on the show, went onto win the Mirror Ball Trophy with partner Derek Hough.

(Pictured: Kellie Pickler and professional dancer Derek Hough were crowned 'Dancing with the Stars' Champions on May 21, 2013.) ( Photo / Kelsey McNeal/ ABC)