Syesha Raquel Mercado (born January 2, 1987) is an American singer, model, and actress. She described herself in an interview as "a black Christina Aguilera or Alicia Keys. Mercado was the third-place finalist on the seventh season of the television series American Idol. She is the second to be the only female in the top 3 and get voted off to allow two male contestants to compete in a finale, thus joining Kimberley Locke in doing so.
She graduated from Booker High School in 2005, where she was in the Theater VPA (Visual and Performing Arts) department.
At the 2005 Florida Theatre Conference and the 2005 South Eastern Theater Conference Syesha won "Best Supporting Actress" for her role as the Sour Kangaroo in Seussical the Musical. Mercado also appeared as a contestant on the failed ABC talent show, The One: Making a Music Star in summer 2006. She currently attends Florida International University in Miami, Florida.
Despite good reviews from the judges, Mercado had been in the bottom two or three five times without being voted off. Some commentators, including American Idol judge Simon Cowell, believed her style was more suited for Broadway than pop music.
|Week #||Theme||Song choice||Original artist||Order #||Result|
|Hollywood||N/A||Everything I Do (I Do It For You)||Bryan Adams||N/A||Advanced|
|Top 50||N/A||Chain of Fools||Aretha Franklin||N/A||Advanced|
|Top 24 (12 Women)||1960s||"Tobacco Road"||The Nashville Teens||11||Safe|
|Top 20 (10 Women)||1970s||"Me and Mr. Jones"||Billy Paul||2||Safe|
|Top 16 (8 Women)||1980s||"Saving All My Love for You"||Whitney Houston||8||Safe|
|Top 12||Lennon/McCartney||"Got to Get You into My Life"||The Beatles||1||Bottom 31|
|Top 11||The Beatles||"Yesterday"||The Beatles||9||Safe|
|Top 10||Year They Were Born||"If I Were Your Woman"||Stephanie Mills||3||Bottom 22|
|Top 9||Dolly Parton||"I Will Always Love You"||Dolly Parton||8||Safe|
|Top 8||Inspirational Music||"I Believe"||Fantasia||2||Bottom 33|
|Top 7||Mariah Carey||"Vanishing"||Mariah Carey||3||Bottom 31|
|Top 6||Andrew Lloyd Webber||"One Rock & Roll Too Many"||Starlight Express||1||Bottom 2|
|Top 5||Neil Diamond||"Hello Again"|
"Thank the Lord for the Night Time"
|Top 4||Rock and Roll Hall of Fame||"Proud Mary"|
"A Change Is Gonna Come"
|Ike & Tina Turner|
|Top 3||Judge's Choice (Randy Jackson)|
|"If I Ain't Got You"|
"Hit Me Up"
This Idol gives back: American Idol's Syesha Mercado embraces Sarasota, where she first learned to believe in herself and her dreams.
Sep 01, 2008; TWENTY-EIGHT MILLION PEOPLE watched Sarasota's own Syesha Mercado shake, shimmy, sob and sing her heart out on American Idol this...