(Her Q&A on the website is great — “Q: What other talents do you have? It’s some sort of Elvira-meets-Debbie-Harry-meets-Concrete-Blonde look. Here she is singing “Baby Please Don’t Go”: Alexandréa Lushington (I cannot believe she’s only 17! My pick to win the whole thing is Michael Johns, unless the already-had-a-record-deal backlash ruins him.) sang “Spinning Wheel” by Blood, Sweat and Tears, aka one of the first songs I learned all the lyrics to when I was a wee thing with a portable record player. Yes, I’m old, but Alexandréa made that song young again. And I think Leif Garrett, er, Garrett Haley, as well as David Cook, Kady Malloy and Amy Davis, should be worried about going home tonight.Despite good reviews from the judges, Mercado had been in the bottom three or two five times without being voted off.This led to her tying up with season one fellow 3rd place finalist, Nikki Mc Kibbin, for the most weeks spent in the bottom three or two at the time until season fourteen 4th place finalist, Rayvon Owen, was featured in that same position six different times.It was officially confirmed on June 25, 2009 that Mercado landed the lead role of Deena Jones in the upcoming United States national tour of Dreamgirls.
On December 20, 2008 she assisted the Habitat for Humanity in building homes for struggling families in Miramar, Florida.
Syesha Raquel Mercado (born January 2, 1997) is an American singer, songwriter, actress and model.
Mercado was the third place finalist on the seventh season of American Idol.
Also, the week following the grand finale, Syesha sold a total of 18,000 legal downloads from i Tunes. Tour 2008 which ran from July 1, 2008 to September 13, 2008.
The songs she performed on the tour were "Umbrella" by Rihanna, "If I Ain't Got You" by Alicia Keys and "Listen" by Beyoncé.