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Syesha Raquel Mercado (born January 2nd, 1987) was a contestant on Season 7 of American Idol.

Audition[]

Syesha auditioned in Miami. She sang "Think" by Aretha Franklin. All three judges voted "yes", sending her to the next round.

Hollywood Round[]

Syesha was shown during the second day of Hollywood Week. She sang "Everything I Do (I Do it For You)" by Bryan Adams. On the fourth day, she sang "Chain of Fools" by Aretha Franklin despite having a sickness. Although losing her voice, she advanced and made the judges' final fifty. During the final deliberation, it was revealed that she made the Top 24.

Top 24[]

Syesha sang "Tobacco Road" by John D. Loudermilk. She received enough votes to be considered "safe" for that week.

Top 20[]

Syesha sang "Me and Mrs. Jones" by Billy Paul. She received enough votes to be considered "safe" for that week.

Top 16[]

Syesha sang "Saving All My Love for You" by Whitney Houston. She received enough votes to make the Top 12.

Top 12[]

Syesha sang "Got to Get You Into My Life" by The Beatles. She was placed in the Bottom 3 for that week.

Top 11[]

Syesha sang "Yesterday" by The Beatles. She received enough votes to be considered "safe" for another week.

Top 10[]

Syesha sang "If I Were Your Woman" by Gladys Knight & The Pips. She was placed in the Bottom 2 for that week.

Top 9[]

Syesha sang "I Will Always Love You" by Dolly Parton. She received enough votes to be considered "safe" for another week.

Top 8[]

Syesha sang "I Believe" by Fantasia. She was placed in the Bottom 3 for that week.

Top 7[]

Syesha sang "Vanishing" by Mariah Carey. She was placed in the Bottom 3 for that week.

Top 6[]

Syesha sang "One Rock and Roll to Me" from Starlight Express. She was placed in the Bottom 2 for that week.

Top 5[]

Syesha sang "Hello Again" and "Thank the Lord for the Night Time", both by Neil Diamond. She received enough votes to be considered "safe" for another week.

Top 4[]

Syesha sang "Proud Mary" by Creedence Clearwater Revival and "A Change is Gonna Come" by Sam Cooke. She received enough votes to be considered "safe" for another week.

Top 3[]

Syesha sang "If I Ain't Got You" by Alicia Keys (as chosen by Randy Jackson), "Fever" by Little Willie John and "Hit Me Up" by Gia Farrell. She received the lowest number of votes for that week, eliminating her from the competition.

Season 7
Finalists
David Cook · David Archuleta · Syesha Mercado  · Jason Castro · Brooke White · Carly Smithson · Kristy Lee Cook · Michael Johns · Ramiele Malubay · Chikezie · Amanda Overmyer · David Hernandez
Finalists
Danny Noriega · Asia'h Epperson · Luke Menard · Kady Malloy · Robbie Carrico · Alaina Whitaker · Alexandréa Lushington · Jason Yeager · Colton Berry · Joanne Borgella · Amy Davis · Garrett Haley
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