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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:

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.

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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?