Ricki-Lee Coulter

Ricki-Lee Coulter


10/10/1985, Auckland, New Zealand

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Ricki-Lee was a contestant on the second series of Australian Idol in 2004. She was known for her powerful voice, provocative dancing and vibrant personality. Receiving seventh place in the Idol competition, her elimination from the show was viewed by commentators and viewers as a "shock", after an…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Ricki-Lee's favorite color is purple.

    • Ricki-Lee is a distant cousin of Jade MacRae.

    • The Idol mentor, who describes the experience of posing for Ralph magazine as the "sexiest shoot I've ever done," was quick to quash any suggestion of photo doctoring and admitted she was initially worried the images may be heavily edited.

    • Ricki-Lee states that men magazine's have been trying for years to get her to appear on their pages, despite the fact that Coulter never felt she would fit the typical model mold.

    • As of 2009, Ricki-Lee has now been a co-host and a mentor for the young contestants, of Australian Idol, with Andrew G in Series Six (6) and Series Seven (7).

    • In 2009 Ricki-Lee revealed her new empowered womanhood, in a cheeky new song about her marriage break-up, in the dynamic new single Don't Miss You.

    • Ricki-Lee was the 2008 face of Australia's Jeans for Genes day. Miss Coulter has raised over $100,000 in a three year period working with the charity.

    • Ricki-Lee is ranked #65 in AIM's "100 Celebs Under 25". (2009)

    • If Ricki-Lee were to turn gay she announced in an interview that she would turn gay for Lauren Brown (her manager).

    • Along with her family, Ricki-Lee shares a 20 acre property in the middle of the Gold Coast Hinterland. [2008]

    • Ricki-Lee is the daughter of Loretta Coulter, her mother, and John Coulter, her father. She also has a younger sister named Jodie Coulter.

    • Ricki-Lee was going to audition again for Australian Idol for 2008. She planned on doing better than seventh place, until she decided to co-host with Andrew G and James Mathison.

    • Ricki-Lee sang Hell No! on a specially made video clip with Coco, the cuckoo, on the Cartoon Network. The all-cartoon channel rarely has real people on air so Ricki-Lee's entry into the world of toons was a special moment in her career.

    • Ricki-Lee's married Jamie Babbington on the Gold Coast, Australia, in September 2007. However, after a little over a year of marriage, the couple got separated on October 17, 2008.

    • In June 2007 Ricki-Lee announced she was leaving "The Young Divas". She blamed the effort of relaunching her solo career and planning her wedding to then-fiance Jamie Babbington for leaving, saying she just didn't have the time or energy to meet her "Divas" commitments.

    • Ricki-Lee tried out for Popstars before competing on Australian Idol.

    • Prior to competing in Australian Idol, Ricki-Lee played competitive netball.

    • Ricki-Lee released her debut single, Hell No! on the June 13th, 2005. She followed this up with the launch of her self-titled debut album, Ricki-Lee, in October 2005.

    • While Ricki-Lee was born in New Zealand, her family relocated to Queensland, Australia, when she was only three weeks old.

    • "The Young Divas" pulled out of a tour where they were to support the band Westlife in February 2007. Their manager claimed it was because the group was so popular now, they did not need to be a support act.

    • In 2006 "The Young Divas" released their debut single, This Time I Know It's For Real.

    • Ricki-Lee joined singers Paulini, Kate DeAraugo and Emily Williams - the winner and runner-up from 2005's Australian Idol to form a pop band named "The Young Divas". She announced her intent to leave the group in June 2007.

  • Quotes

    • Ricki-Lee: (about her new song, Hear No, See No, Speak No) Its all very tasteful and elegant and the shots are beautiful. It's beautiful imagery, but I think if it was sleazy and gratuitous I wouldn't have done it.

    • Ricki-Lee: (announcing her intention to leave "The Young Divas") I will not be appearing any more with the Young Divas. I just couldn't do it all - I really had to get back to doing what I love doing, and that's my solo career. The girl's have been great, they understand completely. They know where I'm coming from.

    • Ricki-Lee: (on why curves are fabulous) My boyfriend loves my curves, especially my bum! He makes me feel sexy. Those skinny little sticks… what can you do with them? There's nothing to hold on to!

    • Ricki-Lee: (on setting an example for fans) On my fan forum, one person wrote, 'Ricki should lose weight or her career's going to be over'. But there are too many people in this world that are suffering from eating disorders. I've got heaps of little cousins, nieces and nephews. If one of them became anorexic or bulimic because they saw me doing it, that would be the end of it for me. Women stop me on the street to tell me they can relate to me because 'm normal. People say they like me because I promote a healthy body image and I don't car about being a little size 6. I'm really proud of that.

    • Ricki-Lee: (on surgery) There are so many tricks of the trade, you don't need surgery. If we're wearing tight tops, we wear tummy suckers (knickers) underneath. It keeps everything in and smooths all the bumps out.

    • Ricki-Lee: (on the pressure to be thin) I'm conscious of what I look like in comparison to other people. But I've honestly never felt I have to go on a crazy diet or become bulimic to get down to a size 6. I'm almost 6 foot tall, I'll never be a size 10 - it's just the way I am. I'll go to the gym to keep healthy but not to keep to any standards that society tells me I have to.

    • Ricki-Lee: I just want to be happy doing what I do - whether it's singing in a pub on the Gold coast to people who don't really care, or to massive audiences at Wembley Stadium in London or Madison Square Garden in New York. The day I stop enjoying it, I'm going to sit back and pop out a few kids.

    • Ricki-Lee: (on The Young Divas) We don't really claim to be divas... We're really playing tribute to the women who made us what we are.