"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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