Out of more than 100 thousand wannabes, Syesha Mercado held tight to her dream and rode it all the way to a third place finish. She deserves every bit of glory.
This week, 56 million votes came in to deem David Cook and David Archuleta the two best singers of the competition. Neither of them had to endure the scare of Ryan making them "step aside" on any results night. They've always made it to the safe couch.
Week after week, Syesha was singled out amongst her fellow singers - constantly with a lower percentile of votes. After contestant 11 left, Syesha was either in the bottom two or three -- ALL BUT ONE time. And that's not a reflection of her talent and ability to knock a song outta the park.
Last Friday, Syesha sang the National Anthem at a Tampa Bay Devil Rays game. That's her hometown... where everybody knows her name. They honored her and praised her accomplishments. Each of the top three were wrought with emotion to see how the communities they grew up in support them, vote for them and follow their progress. It moved them to tears.
One of Syesha's idols gave a theatrical musical performance on tonight's show. Season three winner Fantasia Barrino (sporting flashy red hair) had so much happening on stage with her.
As each second passed, I didn't know where to look next. Fantasia brought a ton of raw energy and emotion to her former stomping grounds. She just finished The Color Purple on Broadway and will be in the movie production of the musical. This is right up Syesha's alley. She has a lot of excitement to look forward to.
Syesha sang Fantasia's "I Believe" during Idol Gives Back week and got a lashing from the judges that it basically wasn't worthy enough. They were going to say that no matter what anyway. Syesha sounded incredible.
What do you think about Syesha's version of "I Believe"? How does it compare to Fantasia's, the original version? And does it really need to?
Let's face it. The two Davids are just tough to beat. They each have an enormous fan base. And someone has to go.
Most of you already picked a David vs. David finale. Now it's time to tell why your favorite should be be the next American Idol? When you do that, let us in on who you are. What type of viewer are you and if you vote, what's your style? Voting counts! Remember, you could sway the odds and this might be a really close call.