Karen Stephanie Rodriguez (born March 22, 1989) is an American singer from New York City, New York. Rodriguez placed twelfth on the tenth season of American Idol. Rodriguez was born in 1989 in Miami, Florida. Her father is Dominican and her mother, Elvira Rodriguez is Peruvian. She is fluent in Spanish. She went to New York's LaGuardia Arts School as did her fellow Idol contestant Pia Toscano. She starred as Maria in 'West Side Story' as a freshman. In 2008, she appeared in the fifth season of a Puerto Rican talent show Objetivo Fama and finished in seventh place. Rodriguez auditioned for the tenth season of American Idol first on Myspace and then in Los Angeles, California. She was one of the five female vote getters in the semi-final round to advance to the Top 13. On March 17, 2011, not being saved, she was eliminated from American Idol, finishing in 12th place.