Kelly puts a lot of work goes into recreating the iconic look of Dolly Parton as an internationally-renowned, 5-star Dolly tribute artist and impersonator.

The show involves 16 dresses, 5 wigs, 10 pairs of shoes and a lot of make-up.

Kelly is naturally petite and has similar measurements to Dolly.

The Dolly Show recreates iconic Dolly Parton outfits –  including the white waistcoat suit that Dolly wore to Glastonbury in 2014 and the turquoise dress that Dolly sported when she performed at the 02 Arena in 2008.

Kelly has also added the white lace dress that Dolly wore to the 61st Grammy Awards to her wardrobe.

The Dolly Show’s costume jewellery is hand-made and sourced from a London specialist who supplies Strictly Come Dancing.

The shoes worn for the show are hand-decorated with Svarowski crystals.

It takes around twenty hours to decorate each pair of shoes.


Kelly plays piano, guitar, harmonica and piccolo.

The special Dolly Show white guitar, a recreation of a guitar that Dolly played at Glastonbury, is also ornamented with crystals.

In the show, Kelly sings up-tempo numbers including 9 to 6, Applejack, Baby I’m Burning and Jolene.

She also performs heartfelt ballads such as I Will Always Love You, Coat of Many Colours and My Tennessee Mountain Home.


No day in the life of a Dolly Parton tribute is ever the same.

The gallery includes images of world-class performances for BBC ONE’s Even Better Than The Real Thing, in which the world’s greatest tribute acts performed songs made famous by music legends.

The show was broadcast in 2017 and hosted by Paddy McGuinness. Kelly sang ‘Faith’ with George Michael tribute Rob Lamberti.

The gallery also includes images from Amsterdam Pride, Sitges Pride, Singapore Grand Prix,  Ministry of Sound Christmas Party, Isle of Wight Pride, Crazy Coqs West End Caberet and The National Tribute Awards

Kelly is pictured as Dolly alongside elite Kenny Rogers tribute Peter White, following a rendition of Islands in the Stream at their exceptional Dolly and Kenny Show.

“I adore working with Pete,” says Kelly. “His voice is exceptional and he is a brilliant performer.”

“You’re brilliant.
You rock big time.”

Jo Wiley