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Dreamgirls star goal-oriented in pursuit of her dreams

Apr 7, 2010, 1:08 PM | Updated: May 13, 2011, 2:07 pm

By JAMIE GRISWOLD
MyNorthwest.com

The stage incarnation of Dreamgirls arrived in Seattle on Tuesday for a week long stand at the Paramount Theatre.

If you head to the show you may recognize lead Syesha Mercado from her appearance on another hit show, American Idol.

Mercado was a finalist on season seven of American Idol and told KIRO Radio’s Dave Ross the experience prepared her well for her future career.

“I definitely found myself during that show. After the entire experience was over I really reflected back on everything. I realized I learned so much about myself, and about the type of artist I want to be. I learned a lot about the music industry and about professionalism and just so many things.”

Dreamgirls was Mercado’s first audition after her appearance on American Idol. The performer says it took her six months of auditions to lock down the role. “It was a very long and tedious process.”

Mercado comes with a strong background in performing arts that dates all the way back to her first role in a first-grade play.

“I did aerobic dance growing up. I did baton twirling. I did dance team and chorus, and art, and music. Everything that had to do with dancing, acting and singing, I did it all.”

After her time on American Idol, Dreamgirls was Mercado’s next big break. The ambitious performer says she’s very goal-oriented and always looking for a new challenge.

“I have a lot of goals in life and I’ve been writing out my goals since I was a little girl and each time I accomplish one I cross it off and put another one on the list.”

Up next on Mercado’s list she says is completing an album. With a lot of projects on her plate Mercado set up a website to share her progress. Fans interested in keeping up with new projects and appearances can follow her on twitter, facebook and at her website syeshaonline.com.

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