Erika Van Pelt (born December 12, 1985 in Providence, Rhode Island, United States) is an American singer from South Kingstown, Rhode Island. She was one of the Top 13 finalists for the eleventh season of American Idol 2012. She was eliminated on March 22, 2012 and came in 10th place. Van Pelt was born and raised in Providence, Rhode Island. In 2002, she moved to South Kingstown, Rhode Island. Van Pelt sang at church in the children's choir and at the age of seven was singing solos with the adult choir.