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Kellie Pickler’s Electric Personality

Kellie Pickler photo by Kristin Barlowe, courtesy of Sony BMG.

Kellie Pickler photo by Kristin Barlowe, courtesy of Sony BMG.

Ever since she first pushed Simon Cowell’s buttons as a contestant on “American Idol,” Kellie Pickler has been winning over fans with her good looks and identifiable singing voice. And it helps that she’s got an energetic personality, too.

But if you thought her obsession with shoes and hairstyles made her someone who’s great to look at but not much help around the house, Kellie proves you wrong. It turns out, she’s quite handy — particularly when it comes to wiring.

“My grandfather is an electrician, and you know, my dad was an electrician,” she says. “They built houses from the ground up. So I knew a lot about it, especially electrical work. It is funny, though, ’cause a lot of people don’t know that about me. I’m very hands-on when it comes to house stuff like that.”

Kellie showed up in July a year ago to lend support when the crew with “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” did some construction for a family in Ohio. Obviously, Kellie was a good match for the renovation-themed program.

“I love to build things and whatnot,” she says, “so if it comes to putting carpet down, I’m all for it. Painting — I love to paint. I can wire a house and hook up your thermostat. I could probably wire your air conditioner, too… I used to do that when I was little. I used to go on jobs with my grandpa when I was, like, five and help him wire houses. I would crawl underneath the house and wire it.”

She might not be building her own home at this point in her life, but Kellie certainly has nesting on the brain. She got engaged last month to Kyle Jacobs, who’s been successful building his own career as a songwriter. You might not have heard of Kyle before he proposed, but you certainly heard some of his songs: They include Tim McGraw’s “Still” and Garth Brooks’ “More Than A Memory.”

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