Ricki-Lee Coulter was born on November 11, 1985 in Australia. After a brief foray into an athletic lifestyle, she was forced to find a new passion after a leg injury. Shortly thereafter, her mother discovered that Ricki-Lee had a phenomenal voice, and from the age of 15, she was a participant in musical theater, performing in productions of Hair, Cats, Rent, Miss Saigon, and many more. In 2004, she auditioned for the second season of Channel Ten's Australian Idol, a spinoff of the Idol franchise. Ricki-Lee's immense stage presence and talent propelled her all the way to the final 12 contestants. She was one of the judges' favorites, as well as a fan favorite, but was unexpectedly voted out of the competition during the week of the final seven.