Katherine Mari “Katie” Stevens (born December 8, 1992) is an American actress and singer best known for finishing in eighth place on the ninth season of American Idol. As of 2014, she stars in the MTV series Faking It.
Stevens grew up in Middlebury, Connecticut. Her parents are Mark Stevens and Clara Francisco. Her Portuguese grandmother, Rita Francisco, is battling Alzheimer’s disease. Stevens graduated from Pomperaug High School in Southbury, Connecticut in June 2010
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.”