Kellie Pickler Nominates Katharine McPhee for Dancing with the Stars

Dancing with the Stars's Kellie Pickler Talks About Katharine McPhee
Kellie Pickler and Katharine McPhee
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05/13/2013 AT 04:15 PM EDT

She's made the reality television leap from singing on season 5 of American Idol to tearing up the parquet each week on Dancing with the Stars, but even Kellie Pickler thinks there's an Idol alum she'd rather see getting fake tanned and sequined.

Katharine McPhee "would do amazing," Pickler told PEOPLE while at the 20th Annual Race to Erase MS event in Beverly Hills.

The "Best Days of Your Life" singer doesn't have to stretch her imagination too far to explain why she feels the Smash actress would dominate on Dancing with the Stars.

"First of all, she's an amazing performer – obviously a very talented singer," says Pickler, 26, "but if you've seen her show Smash, she's dancing. I really don't think there's anything she can't do."

And while she has nothing but praise for McPhee, Pickler is just as quick to name the one former American Idol contestant that she would not want to see strapping on Cuban heels anytime soon.

"Bucky [Covington]," Pickler says with a laugh. "And I have to say that because Bucky is like my brother, and we give each other hell."

That said, the pixie-haired singer is all too familiar with the fickle hand of both fate and reality TV, and hell hath no fury like a country music singer scorned.

"With me talking trash, he would probably do the show and kill it," Pickler says. "He wins the mirror ball trophy and I don't get [expletive]!"
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