â€œGoing through that whole process and literally overnight youâ€™re on 30-40 million television sets ever week â€” itâ€™s not necessarily you that changes but itâ€™s the people around you that change,â€ Pickler told People magazine.
Her advice to this season's top 24?
â€œStay away from mean people! Of course thatâ€™s with any profession,â€ she said, noting that itâ€™s important to â€œsurround yourself with people that support you and pray for you.â€
Since her success on American Idol, Pickler added that she has â€œ lost so many people. No one that I was close with before am I even remotely close to now. I have maybe three people in my life now that have been amazing through the whole process.â€
Meanwhile, Pickler was â€œhonoredâ€ to have been a bridesmaid at Katharine's McPheeâ€™s recent wedding to producer Nick Cokas.
â€œKat and I were roommates (on Idol) and built a bond that I was not able to build with anyone else on the show,â€ said Pickler. â€œShe instantly became like a big sister to me and Nick became like a big brother. Iâ€™m so blessed to have them in my life.â€