May 17, 2008 06:46 AM by Joe Reality
During the final three American Idol performance show, Paula Abdul twice criticized Syesha Mercado for singing songs that didn’t really define her as an artist. The first song that Syesha received negative feedback from Paula Abdul on was “Fever,” which Syesha selected herself. In a media call with reporters, Syesha explained, “I had other choices in mind, but I couldn’t do them, so – maybe if I had a chance to do them, I wouldn’t have got that comment, but you go with the flow. If you can’t do something, you do something else. You just work with that. So I did that song, and I have no regrets. It worked out the way it was supposed to work out.”
The second song that Syesha received negative feedback from Paula Abdul on was “Hit Me Up,” which was selected by the American Idol producers. In regards to the producer’s choice, Syesha said, “I told myself – I was like, ‘That’s strange.’ But I think my nieces and nephew liked it because I know they like that movie Happy Feet. And I actually did – I heard it before on Happy Feet because they watch it over and over and over again. But it’s not like I could change it, so I had to try to make the best of it. I’m very optimistic and positive, and whenever something kind of comes in my way that’s going to be like, ‘Oh, my gosh, it’s horrible. It’s not going to work,’ I block it all out. And I’m like, ‘What can I do to turn this into something positive? What can I do to make the best out of it?’ And I tried to do my very best.”
Syesha also added, “And I’m the type of person, if I’m doing a song like that, I like to go all out, and I wasn’t able to have backup dancers. And most of the song, there is – most of the song was backup singing. It’s like over – that whole studio techno kind of stuff. So it was weird because most of the song, I wasn’t even supposed to sing.”
So how does Syesha Mercado define her style? Syesha said, “I’m a mix of a lot of things. I think that’s why people are like, ‘Oh, she’s Broadway’ because they see me doing some Broadway thing.”
Syesha continued, “I’m just like – I’m like a black Christina Aguilera/Alicia Keyes. I definitely can see myself putting together a Christina Aguilera album, the one that she just recently did – and an Alicia Keyes album like ‘The Diary of Alicia Keyes.’ I’m definitely into a lot of the – I like pop, and I like R&B, and I like the old school/new school thing. So I’m growing as an artist. I’m evolving. And I’m glad that I did do American Idol because people were able to see that transition that I went through, and I’m still learning more about myself everyday. And I think that’s beauty of doing this competition. You just learn so much. So people will know who I am. You’ll know who I am once I put out that album. You’ll know.”
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