Country music singer/songwriter Kellie Pickler returned to where it all began last week when she taped an episode of the final season of “American Idol.” For several days, the talented vocalist, who became a household name while appearing on the iconic television show’s fifth season, mentored and performed with two of the Top 24 contestants (their names cannot be revealed at this time). During the tapings, she also shared advice and stories from her “Idol” experience.

“American Idol” featuring Pickler, along with five other returning Idols, will air Thursday, February 18 at 8:00 PM ET (7:00 PM CT) on the FOX Television Network.

“It was so great to return to ‘American Idol’ and see some of my old friends and make a few new ones,” said Pickler. “I have always been so appreciative of the opportunity to be on Idol and of the doors that show opened for me. And, to be asked back to mentor and perform with a few of the final season’s contestants was a true honor.”

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