October 13, 2006 at 12:00 PM EDT

I don’t usually mind admitting I’m wrong — except when it comes to my No. 1 pop-culture obsession, American Idol. So trust me, it’s going to be a bitter supper tonight when I dine on the words I wrote about Kellie Pickler in my April 19 Idol TV Watch: ”Keep working those blond locks and big eyelashes, as well as that aw-shucks attitude. Because honestly, they’re the main assets keeping Kellie in the competition.” Not a very kind assessment of the calamari-phobic gal from Albemarle, NC. Come to think of it, neither was my observation that I heard a lamb scream at the end of her performance of ”Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered.”

But putting aside her take on the classic American songbook, I may have misunderestimated Miss Pickler. Her debut single, ”Red High Heels,” has been out for a few days now, and when I finally heard it streaming over at AOL Music today, it made me wonder how come I never listen to country radio. ”Red High Heels” is a terrific little ditty about a gal who’s finally finished with a ne’er-do-well man, complete with lyrics about putting a barbed wire fence around her heart, and kickin’ him to the curb. Good stuff, sung with a natural exuberance that has me ready to grab a marker and a piece of poster-board and write ”Pick Pickler!” What do you think, PopWatchers?

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