Prior to Idol, Mercado was on The One: Making a Music Star and she won Florida Super Singer.
In February 2009, she participated in the opening of the American Idol Experience attraction at Disney's Hollywood Studios.
On February 19, 2009, Mercado performed in her first live concert after the American Idols LIVE! It was her own concert where all the proceeds went to benefit the Amer-I-Can program, a gang-prevention program started by NFL great, Jim Brown.
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 November 4, 2009, Mercado appeared on The Wendy Williams Show to promote the tour which began on November 7, 2009 and ended on December 29, 2010.
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.
(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.
She released a cover of "Love on Top" by Beyoncé that went viral online, inching 2 million views on You Tube.