Kimberly Ann Caldwell (born February 25, 1982 in Katy, Texas) is an American singer, of French and Native American descent. She is best known for being a contestant on the second season of American Idol, where she finished in seventh place. She currently works as an entertainment correspondent and hosts various shows on the TV Guide Network, and is presently writing and recording songs for her debut album.
Caldwell first sang publicly at age five in beauty pageants. She was a five-time junior vocalist winner on Star Search, and she also performed at the Grand Ole Opry. In 1995, she sang at the 50th wedding anniversary of former President George H. W. Bush and Barbara Bush. Caldwell also appeared on the second and final season of Popstars: USA, where she was rejected from the group and told she would do better as a solo vocalist.
Following her run on the second season of American Idol, Caldwell started working as a correspondent for the entertainment/extreme sports program "54321" on FOX Sports Network. She covered various events and movie premieres for the show before joining her fellow Season 2 Idol finalists on the road for the American Idols LIVE! tour, which played in 44 cities across the United States.
In May 2008, Caldwell was asked out on a date by American Idol winner David Cook while on the red carpet before the show's seventh season finale. During a radio interview with XL 106.7 on October 13, 2008, Cook confirmed that he and Kimberly were "still seeing each other." In a November 2008 interview with PEOPLE magazine, Cook said his relationship with Caldwell was a "nice break from the chaos" of post-Idol fame. David debunked rumors of an engagement to Kimberly in a radio interview on December 12, 2008, saying "I've never even been to Tiffany's" (per Star magazine's reports that Cook had gone into the store and purchased a $54,000, 2-carat diamond ring).
Rumors of a breakup surfaced on Vote for the Worst.com in early 2009, and when asked about it during various radio interviews around that time, Cook simply replied: "There's nothing to talk about." Rumors of Caldwell cheating on Cook were reported by Star magazine; Caldwell responded with a MySpace bulletin saying, "The tabloids got it wrong again. Completely fabricated!"
On January 12th, 2009, rumors of a breakup with Cook were confirmed by Caldwell's rep, who stated in In Touch magazine: "Kimberly and David ended their relationship just before the holidays. The couple remain good friends and being very private people, appreciate their privacy at this time."