4 ways Ricki-Lee Coulter is awesome.

Ricki-Lee Coulter

Ricki-Lee Coulter shot to fame in 2004 after placing seventh in the second season of Australian Idol.  Seventh?!? Yeah – we were surprised to. With the success of her career since then, it feels like she won.

Here are 4 things that have kept her on our awesomeness radar:

1. She’s hit the ARIAs charts 

Let’s state the obvious.  The girl can belt out some serious tunes.  Following her Aussie Idol debut, Ricki-Lee signed with Australian independent label Shock Records and subsequently released chart toppers, “Hell No” and “Sunshine”.  In 2011 she ended her contract with Shock Records and signed with label EMI leading to smash hits “Raining Diamonds” and “Do It Like That”.

2. She’s lived our dream of being a spice girl (sort of)

So she may not have exactly shimmied on stage like Geri Halliwell to a remixed version of “Wannabe”, but Ricki-Lee has done the whole girl band thing that we’ve all secretly wanted to try (admit it, those shower singing sessions weren’t for nothing).  In 2006, Ricki-Lee became a member of Australian all-girl pop group Young Divas with fellow ex-Idol contestants Paulini Curuenavuli, Kate DeAraugo and Emily Williams.

3. She’s dominated our airwaves

Ricki-Lee debuted as a radio presenter in January 2008 on Brisbane’s B105FM followed by a stint at Fox FM. In 2010, she joined Sydney FM radio station Nova 96.9 as a breakfast host alongside comedians Merrick Watts and Scott Dooley and entertained Sydney-siders as they woke up for one year.  In addition to radio, the singer dabbled in television when she returned to Australian Idol in 2008-09 as a co-host, and last year she joined forces with Seal as an assisting mentor on The Voice.

4. She aces the style stakes

No matter her size, Ricki-Lee has always sported sassy threads on the red carpet. She also happens to be the Australian face of cosmetics brand CoverGirl.