AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsIn other words, a true Val. McPheever – catch it. Ours has long been known as the Valley of Stars, so it’s only fitting that one of the brightest stars on America’s cultural horizon hails from here. Katherine McPhee, a Sherman Oaks resident and Notre Dame High School alumna, could become America’s next “Idol,” having clinched a spot in the reality show’s final round, which airs next week. Simon Cowell, the notoriously cranky “American Idol” judge, described McPhee’s Wednesday-night performance of “Over the Rainbow” as the “single best performance of the competition to date.” The American public loves her. Those who know her say she’s a phenomenal talent, yet humble and down-to-earth. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!