At 36 years old, Syesha Mercado has this physical status:
After her elimination, Mercado appeared on Live with Regis and Kelly, The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet and WSVN's Deco Drive.
Also, the week following the grand finale, Syesha sold a total of 18,000 legal downloads from iTunes.
She completed the American Idols LIVE! 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.
In November 2008, she performed "One Rock and Roll Too Many" in the 6abc IKEA Thanksgiving Day Parade. She was the guest host of the WSVN 7 yacht at the 37th annual Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat parade on December 13, 2008. She sang "The Star-Spangled Banner" at the Miami Dolphins and the San Francisco 49ers game on Fox on December 14, 2008. On December 20, 2008, she assisted the Habitat for Humanity in building homes for struggling families in Miramar, Florida.
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! Tour 2008. 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. She performed eight songs in front of a sold out audience of about 4,000 fans.
She sang "The Star-Spangled Banner" for the opening day baseball game between the Oakland Athletics and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on April 6, 2009.
She most recently worked on an album in Los Angeles. She has stated that it is to be a pop/R&B album. In addition to working on the album, in her free time she is taking acting lessons.
Mercado acted in her first feature film Dreams in 2011 as the character Mia. She released a cover of "Love on Top" by Beyoncé that went viral online, inching two million views on YouTube. Mercado is also known for her acoustic, soulful cover of "Skyfall" by Adele.
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.
Mercado then starred as Ti Moune in the revival of Once on This Island at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, New Jersey. Opening night was May 30, 2012, on a run through June 24.
Mercado performed in the Chicago transfer production of Broadway musical Book of Mormon. She was a late addition to the cast, replacing Stephanie Umoh during rehearsals in the role of Nabulungi.
From January to June 2014, Mercado reprised the role of Nabulungi in the Broadway production of the Book of Mormon, making it her Broadway debut.