Kelly Pickler is emerging as a potential winner of Dancing With the Stars' 16th season, as she wowed the judges with a modern jazz number with pro Derek Hough this week.

Pickler, a former American Idol contestant and country recording artist, is proving to be nearly as talented with her dance skills as she is with her voice. In week 2 of the celebrity dancing competition, the judges awarded her 26 out of 30 points. Last week, she had been given 21 points. “Last week was a spark; this week was a fire,” Len Goodman observed.

While last week Picker and Hough performed a cha cha, this week they got to mix it up with a contemporary jazz routine. Set to “Lights" by Ellie Goulding, the blond pair followed one smooth and synchronized movement after another.


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Although Picker has certainly asserted herself as someone to watch, she’s still facing some stiff competition. Disney star Zendaya is proving to be a natural force on the dance floor, and she's got a combined score of 50 over the last two weeks to prove it. Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman turned in a memorable performance last week, and Baltimore Raven Jacoby Jones also continues to entertain.

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