Kristy Lee Cook: American Idol Hopeful, Horse Seller

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Kristy Lee Cook is the (very, very, very) early favorite on season seven of American Idol.

While some critics have voiced their concern over her professional background, the following story makes it evident that Cook is far from an established, pampered star:

Season 10 Final 4

According to The Seattlest website, Kristy failed her first Idol audition in July in San Diego. From there, she wanted to give it another shot... but couldn't afford a ticket to Philadelphia.

Therefore, Cook reportedly sold her horse for $3,000. We can't say for sure if this story is true, but we can prove that Kristy Lee once owned a horse, or was at least pictured on top of one:

Kristy Lee Cook is seen here atop a horse. Did she really sell it in order to audition for American Idol?

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American Idol Quotes

Brooke White's tears come from the authentic, good soul that she is. Her heart was breaking because she was overwhelmed with the experience she had with the show and the gift that it brought.

Paula Abdul [after Brooke White was eliminated on season seven]

I read some of this online this morning and just for the record, the rumors — they’re not true. She’s part of our family and we love her.

Ryan Seacrest [on rumor of Paula Abdul being drunk on the show]