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Katie Stevens in July 2010.
|Birth name||Katherine Mari Stevens|
December 8, 1992 |
|Instruments||Vocals, piano, cello, flute|
Katherine Mari "Katie" Stevens (born December 8, 1992) is an American actress and singer. She finished in eighth place on the ninth season of American Idol and as of 2014, stars in a MTV series Faking It.
Stevens grew up in Lousã Municipality, Portugal. Her parents are Mark Stevens and Clara Francisco. She was named first runner-up to Miss Connecticut's Outstanding Teen, 2009, and named the 2009 Westbury Outstanding Teen at the Greater Watertown Scholarship Pageant.
Stevens first performed for an audience at five years old, when she sang the national anthem at a party for a politician in her hometown. When she was 7 years old, she sang From This Moment On by Shania Twain at her aunt's wedding. Since she was young, Stevens has been active in her local theater community. She played the role of Dorothy in both BSS Children's Theater and Main Street Theater's Wizard of OZ. At Main Street Theater Stevens also played the role of Sharpay in High School Musical and "The Cat" in Honk. She played Nellie Forbush in Pomperaug High School's South Pacific alongside Gary Dwyer as Emile DeBeque. In addition, Stevens performed at Carnegie Hall at the age of 13.
She counts Whitney Houston and Jason Mraz among her favorite artists. Her musical influences include Taylor Swift, and her own brother, Ryan Stevens. Among the instruments she can play are piano, cello, and flute; however, she never had a chance to play them on American Idol prior to her elimination from the competition.
After Idol, she moved to Los Angeles to start a career as a music artist and took acting classes and workshops. Years passed and Stevens had yet to release an album as she was approached by MTV to star as one of the lead roles in their new series "Faking It".
On August 13, 2009, she auditioned for American Idol in Boston, Massachusetts and sang "At Last", where all four judges (including guest judge Victoria Beckham) advanced her to Hollywood. At the Boston audition, judge Kara DioGuardi called her one of the most talented 16-year-olds she had ever seen. In Hollywood, DioGuardi made the prediction, "You could be the potential winner."
Most of the critiques the judges gave her had been with regard to her pitch, age, and song choice. In her performance of "Chain of Fools", DioGuardi told her she had found where she belonged: R&B-pop, but she needed to work on being younger. She landed in the bottom three the following night but was declared safe, putting her into the Top 9. In her Top 9 performance of "Let It Be", all of the judges thought it was a huge improvement. Ellen stated that she wouldn't be in the bottom 3 after that performance. Simon said that she had done what she was told by being Country, while Kara and Randy disagreed, opining that she has more of an R&B sensibility. Nonetheless, her performance secured her a position in the Top 8. However, the Top 9 remained intact for another week due to the judges' save of Michael Lynche.
Stevens was eliminated from American Idol the following week on April 14, along with Andrew Garcia. Her elimination came second on the double elimination night.
|Week #||Theme||Song choice||Original artist||Order #||Result|
|Audition||Auditioner's Choice||"At Last"||Glenn Miller and his Orchestra||N/A||Advanced|
|Hollywood||First Solo Performance||"For Once in My Life"||Stevie Wonder||N/A||Advanced|
|Hollywood||Group Performance||"No One"||Alicia Keys||N/A||Advanced|
|Hollywood||Second Solo||"Chasing Pavements"||Adele||N/A||Advanced|
|Top 24 (12 Women)||Billboard Hot 100 Hits||"Feeling Good"||Cy Grant||12||Safe|
|Top 20 (10 Women)||"Put Your Records On"||Corinne Bailey Rae||4||Safe|
|Top 16 (8 Women)||"Breakaway"||Kelly Clarkson||1||Safe|
|Top 12||The Rolling Stones||"Wild Horses"||The Rolling Stones||6||Safe|
|Top 11||Billboard #1 Hits||"Big Girls Don't Cry"||Fergie||8||Bottom 31|
|Top 10||R&B/Soul||"Chain of Fools"||Aretha Franklin||7||Bottom 31|
|Top 9||Lennon–McCartney||"Let It Be"||The Beatles||2||Safe|
|Top 92||Elvis Presley||"Baby, What You Want Me to Do"||Jimmy Reed||8||Eliminated3|
- ^Note 1 Stevens was saved first from elimination.
- ^Note 2 Due to the judges using their one save to save Michael Lynche, the Top 9 remained intact for another week.
- ^Note 3 Because of the judges' save on April 7, Stevens was eliminated along with Andrew Garcia on April 14.
After her elimination, Stevens made several appearances on talk shows. On April 16, 2010, she appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show where she performed "Over the Rainbow". Stevens also appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman along with Andrew Garcia, where they sang "Superhuman" by Chris Brown and Keri Hilson. She also, along with Andrew Garcia, appeared on the Wendy Williams Show where she performed "Big Girls Don't Cry".
After the tour, Stevens moved to Los Angeles where she began writing an album. She has yet to be signed with a recording label but has been writing songs with David Hodges. As of early November 2010, Stevens has written a total of 9 songs, including one named "Waste My Time". Stevens was a guest performer on Ídolos Portugal on December 12, 2010, where she sang "All I Want for Christmas Is You" by Mariah Carey.
Stevens was announced as one of the central roles of the upcoming MTV scripted comedy Faking It' which premiered on April 22, 2014. The young aspiring actress landed the role of Karma, the spunky teenage high school co-lead of the series. She commented that her character, Karma, will not be doing any singing in the show unless it is scripted "organically." The show's premiere garnered more than 1 million viewers.
Her Portuguese grandmother, Rita Francisco, is battling Alzheimer's disease. Stevens speaks Portuguese. She graduated from Pomperaug High School in Southbury, Connecticut in June 2010 and was instrumental in the creation of the Evan Gagnon Memorial Scholarship Fund, which gives college scholarships to the seniors of Pomperaug High School. Evan Gagnon, who died in January 2009 at the age of two, was the son of Stevens' Spanish teacher. Stevens had also been a member of Pomperaug's High School Varsity Swim Team all four years.
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