Syesha Raquel Mercado (30) is a famous singer and actress from America. People know her as a finalist of “American Idol”. Before this show, Mercado participated in “The One: Making a Music Star” and won the competition “Florida Super Singer”. She admires Whitney Houston, Etta James and Alicia Keys.

Mercado was born Bridgeport, Connecticut. Her mom, the backing singer of Motown, was born in Africa, and her dad- in Puerto Rico. The girl began singing when she was 3, and later started to visit the school of performing arts. After graduation, the future singer moved to Miami to develop her stage career and entered the university. Before taking part in “American Idol”, the girl has acted in some commercials, and even starred in the ABC TV reality singing competition “The One”. Citing her favorite stars- Whitney Houston, Etta James, and Alicia Keys, the girl sang Aretha Franklin’s song “Think” during her debut audition for the “Idol”. Despite being popular on the show, Mercado has nearly the show several times before she could made it to the top 3. Living in Florida, the girl visited the Booker High School for Visual and Performings Arts Theatre Program and Graduated with a Certificate as a Performance Major in Sarasota (Florida) where she participated in various performances. At the 2005 Florida Theatre Conference, she received the title of the “Best Supporting Actress” for her acting in “Seussical the Musical”. In 2006, she also took part in the ABC talent show, “The One: Making a Music Star”.

It wasn’t difficult for Mercado to make a career in Hollywood. But when her career started, Mercado faced a great problem: she lost her voice. But in the end, she stepped up and gave one of the best Hollywood concerts ever.

Cute facts
Mercado’s mother is from Africa, and her father – from Puerto Rico.
Her father was treated for alcoholism and drug addiction. He supported his daughter in her carrier. The singer is going to marry her classmate.
She received the title of “Best Supporting Actress” for her acting in the “Seussical The Musical”. Mercado participated in the failed musical competition “The One: Making A Music Star”.
She won the contest “Florida Super Singer” (a local talent competition).
Mercado is going to play the lead role of Deena Jones in the US National Tour Of Dream Girls, which will last from 2009 to 2010.
Mercado was in the bottom 3/2 more than all the other participants with a total of seven times.