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When country singer Kellie Pickler found out Derek Hough would be her Dancing with the Stars pro partner, the first person she wanted to thank was her grandfather, Ken Morton. "Having Derek as my partner is an answered prayer," Pickler tells People. "Right before I left Nashville for L.A., my Grandpa Ken, who is a huge fan of the show, told me he was praying that Derek would be my partner, because that's his favorite male dancer on the show." Picker, 26, made a splash on season 5 of American Idol, which films at a soundstage next door to Dancing with the Stars. »

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