Congratulations to country singer/songwriter Kellie Pickler for winning the 16th season of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars. She is such an energetic personality both on television and in her concerts.

(Pictured here is Kellie in a 2011 appearance in Indianapolis in conjunction with the NCAA Women’s Final Four basketball championship.)

Kellie Pickler performs as part of the 2011 NCAA Women's Final Four activities in Indianapolis.

Kellie Pickler performs as part of the 2011 NCAA Women’s Final Four activities in Indianapolis.

When the Women’s Final Four basketball tournament came to Indianapolis in 2011, I had the privilege of photographing Kellie Pickler’s concert in the fan zone area. I never watched her come up the ranks of American idol (I am not a fan of the show), but I have enjoyed her professional music career and was excited to have this opportunity.

When I learned she was joining the cast of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, she immediately became my favorite celebrity for this 16th season. So as she takes to the stage tonight in the season debut, I will look forward to seeing her take the first (dance) steps toward that trophy.

In anticipation of tonight’s premiere, I offer up this image from the archives from her 2011 performance.