70 Facts About Ricki-Lee Coulter


Ricki-Lee Coulter was born in Auckland, New Zealand, grew up on the Gold Coast, Queensland and began performing at the age of 15.


Ricki-Lee Coulter has branched out from recording music, pursuing careers in television and radio.


Ricki-Lee Coulter returned to Australian Idol for seasons six and seven, as a presenter and reporter alongside James Mathison and Andrew Gunsberg.


Ricki-Lee Coulter was a full-time radio presenter for Sydney's Nova 96.9 breakfast show in 2010, alongside Merrick Watts and Scott Dooley.


In 2019, Ricki-Lee Coulter became the host of Australia's Got Talent.


Ricki-Lee Coulter, was announced in September 2022, as the co-host of the upcoming 2023 Seven Network reboot of Australian Idol alongside Scott Tweedie.


Ricki-Lee Dawn Coulter was born on 10 November 1985 in Auckland, New Zealand.


Ricki-Lee Coulter's name is a nod to singer Rickie Lee Jones, whose name was, at that time, a unique moniker.


Ricki-Lee Coulter's mother Loretta Sheerin, born in Tonga, was a model.


Ricki-Lee Coulter's parents separated before she was born, and she was raised by her mother.


Ricki-Lee Coulter's mother gave her every chance to visit her biological father in New Zealand when she was a child.


Ricki-Lee Coulter attended Southport State School and experienced the personal struggles of a lonely childhood as she wanted a life similar to her school friends.


Ricki-Lee Coulter grew up mostly on her own because her mother worked two jobs to pay the bills.


When Ricki-Lee Coulter was nine years old, her mother met John, a man of Scottish descent who is her step father.


At the age of 15, Ricki-Lee Coulter had a serious knee injury which required reconstructive surgery.


Ricki-Lee Coulter was told she would never play netball again.


Ricki-Lee Coulter had secured lead roles in high school productions such as, Hair, Jesus Christ Superstar, Les Miserables, Miss Saigon, Cats, Rent, The Boy Friend, Phantom of the Opera, Grease and The Rocky Horror Show.


In 2003, Ricki-Lee Coulter auditioned for the first season of Australian Idol but did not make it past the audition rounds.


Later that same year, Ricki-Lee Coulter successfully auditioned for the second season of Australian Idol, singing En Vogue's "Don't Let Go ", and progressed through to the semi-finals.


Ricki-Lee Coulter explained, "I'd met with a number of labels and Shock were the only one that asked me what I wanted to do and what kind of album I wanted to make and who I wanted to work with".


Ricki-Lee Coulter was released on 3 October 2005, which peaked at number 30 on the ARIA Albums Chart.


Ricki-Lee Coulter collaborated with several producers and songwriters on the album, including Audius Mtawarira, Israel Cruz, Nitty, Jarrad Rogers and Kara DioGuardi, among others.


That same year, Ricki-Lee Coulter joined forces with previous Australian Idol contestants Paulini, Emily Williams and Kate DeAraugo to be part of the all-girl singing project called Young Divas.


In February 2007, it was announced that Young Divas had pulled out of their scheduled national tour supporting Irish boy band Westlife, because Ricki-Lee Coulter had headed overseas to work on her second solo album.


The cancellation occurred amid claims that Ricki-Lee Coulter was set to leave the group, due to personality clashes with DeAraugo.


However, on 22 June 2007, Ricki-Lee Coulter announced her departure to resume her solo career and to plan her then-upcoming wedding to fiance, Jamie Babbington.


Ricki-Lee Coulter released "Can't Touch It" as the lead single from her second album Brand New Day in August 2007.


Ricki-Lee Coulter worked with several producers and songwriters on the album, including KNS, David Gamson, Marc Nelkin, Vince Pizzinga, Andrew De Sylva, Mtawarira and Glenn Cunningham, among others.


At the 2007 Nickelodeon Australian Kids' Choice Awards, Ricki-Lee Coulter won the award for 'Fave Female Singer'.


On 18 November 2007, Ricki-Lee Coulter performed at the first Fluffy Festival in Brisbane alongside acts such as Mr Timothy, Slinkee Minx, Potbelleez, TV Rock, Seany B and Vandalism.


That same month, Ricki-Lee Coulter was a supporting act for Hilary Duff's Australian leg of her Dignity Tour.


Ricki-Lee Coulter eventually decided to cancel the album's release due to the first two singles struggling on the charts.


In March 2010, Ricki-Lee Coulter was a supporting act for Backstreet Boys' Australian leg of their This Is Us Tour.


Ricki-Lee Coulter announced via her official Twitter account on 2 July 2010, that she had parted ways with her manager of five years Lauren Brown.


Ricki-Lee Coulter later parted ways with Anderson and became managed by her-then boyfriend Richard Harrison of Black Label Entertainment.


Ricki-Lee Coulter later stated that after attending a Thirty Seconds to Mars concert in Melbourne and rewatching Michael Jackson's Dangerous Tour DVD, she was inspired to perform again.


At the 2012 Cosmopolitan Fun, Fearless, Female Women of the Year Awards, Ricki-Lee Coulter won the award for 'Singer of the Year'.


In 2015 and 2016, Ricki-Lee Coulter took a break from releasing music and spent two years living and writing songs in Los Angeles.


In May 2019, Coulter began to embark on her Ricki-Lee: Live in Concert Tour in Australia, which was held to celebrate her first 15 years in the music industry.


The tour featured Ricki-Lee Coulter performing songs from the film A Star Is Born and from her time on Australian Idol, as well as her greatest hits as a solo artist and with the Young Divas.


In March 2023, Ricki-Lee Coulter released "On My Own", the first single from her forthcoming fifth studio album.


In 2009, Ricki-Lee Coulter released the singles "Don't Miss You" and "Hear No, See No, Speak No", which showcased a new electropop and rock sound.


Ricki-Lee Coulter admitted that "Don't Miss You" was about ending her relationship with Babbington, saying "it was my first break-up and he was my first boyfriend so I can't lie".


Ricki-Lee Coulter co-wrote four songs on her debut album, ten songs on her second album, and twelve songs on her third album.


Ricki-Lee Coulter has said that she grew up listening to artists such as Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston, citing the latter as an influence.


Critics have compared Ricki-Lee Coulter's songs "Do It Like That" and its accompanying music video, as well as "Giddyup" to Beyonce's work.


Ricki-Lee Coulter has expressed admiration for other female artists such as Madonna, Pink, Lady Gaga and Katy Perry.


Ricki-Lee Coulter appeared as a contestant on the Australian reality television show Celebrity Circus in May 2005, alongside eight other celebrities.


Ricki-Lee Coulter co-hosted the show for two seasons, and received a nomination at the 2009 Logie Awards for Most Popular New Female Talent.


Ricki-Lee Coulter became a mentor for the first season of The Voice Australia in 2012, and paired up with coach Seal to prepare the contestants in his team for the show's battle rounds.


In 2014, Ricki-Lee Coulter became a contestant on the fourteenth season of Dancing with the Stars Australia and was partnered with professional dancer Jarryd Byrne.


Ricki-Lee Coulter made it to the grand finale and placed third in the competition.


Ricki-Lee Coulter hosted the television program Life Changing Adventures, which premiered on 7Two on 11 June 2017.


In 2019, Ricki-Lee Coulter became the host of the ninth season of Australia's Got Talent, and will return for the upcoming tenth season.


Ricki-Lee Coulter made her debut as a radio presenter in January 2008, joining Brisbane's B105 FM breakfast team, alongside Labrat, Stav and Camilla.


Ricki-Lee Coulter became a full-time radio presenter for Sydney's Nova 96.9 breakfast show in 2010, alongside Merrick Watts and Scott Dooley.


Ricki-Lee Coulter became the ambassador for Australian shapewear clothing line Hold Me Tight in 2008, appearing in several promotional campaigns as the face and body of the line.


Ricki-Lee Coulter appeared in a television commercial for the program, featuring students from Darcy Road Primary School in Wentworthville, New South Wales.


Later that month, it was announced that Ricki-Lee Coulter was the new Australian face for international cosmetics brand CoverGirl, replacing model Jennifer Hawkins who had been with the brand since 2006.


In 2007 and 2008, Ricki-Lee Coulter was an ambassador for McHappy Day, an annual fundraising event by McDonald's that supports the Ronald McDonald House Charities and provides much needed programs and services to seriously ill children and their families.


In 2008, Ricki-Lee Coulter became the face of Jeans for Genes Day in Australia, a charity fundraising event organised by the Children's Medical Research Institute which sponsors investigation into childhood genetic diseases.


Ricki-Lee Coulter has supported the charity since she was in high school.


Ricki-Lee Coulter raised $100,000 for the campaign, including profits made from her nude photo shoot with Cleo magazine.


Alongside recording artist Marcia Hines, Ricki-Lee Coulter became a spokeswoman for the annual Australian red ribbon appeal in November 2011, raising money in the fight against HIV and AIDS, and helping people with HIV.


In 2015, Ricki-Lee Coulter became an ambassador for McHappy Day again.


At the age of 15, Ricki-Lee Coulter met Jamie Babbington, a builder from the Gold Coast who was aged 23 at the time.


In September 2009, Ricki-Lee Coulter began dating her manager Richard Harrison, and in August 2010, the couple went public with their relationship.


Ricki-Lee Coulter has since lost over 30 kilograms, which has transformed her into a size 8.


Ricki-Lee Coulter appeared on the cover of the 17 August 2015 issue of New Idea in her wedding dress.


Ricki-Lee Coulter has been a long-time supporter of gay rights and issues, including same-sex marriage in Australia.