Syesha's favorite vacation memory was when she went to Sea Camp in 8th grade. She went to The Keys in Florida and got to swim with sharks.
Looking through old pictures keeps Syesha grounded and true to herself.
If Syesha could have any superpower she would like to be invisible.
Syesha thinks the most stylish thing about her is her afro.
In 2007 Syesha won the title of Florida's Super Singer.
Syesha draws inspiration from her fiance, her best friend, her mom and family, a child's smile, nature, and positive energy.
The first concert Syesha attended was that Kirk Franklin.
Oprah and Alicia Keys are two people Syesha would like to meet.
Syesha thinks she differentiates herself on American Idol by just being herself.
If given the opportunity, she wouldn't change a thing about herself.
Her favorite American Idol moment was when Fantasia sang Summertime.
Her toughest obstacle in life is overcoming a house fire when she was in high school.
One of her goals in life is to win an Oscar or a Grammy.
Her lucky charms are the pictures she has in her locket.
Before she dies Syesha would like to go skydiving and run a marathon.
Her most embarassing moments are when she was in theatre and did crazy outbursts, in 2nd grade when she passed a love note to her crush and he told on her, and her chest area pops open.
According to Syesha, her most interesting job was working as a food runner.
Her proudest and happiest moment in life is making it to the top 24 of American Idol.
If she couldn't sing, she would love to act, which she is also doing.
She thinks people would be surprised to know that she is very positive.
Syesha's parents' names are Zelda, who was a Motown back-up singer and Jose, she has three siblings namely, Trichelle, Mirium, and Xtavia.
In Syesha's name, the word "yes" is in it and that's how Paula told her that she made the top 24 of American Idol.
List of Songs Sung on American Idol:
February 20, 2008 - Tobacco Road by John D. Loudermilk
February 27, 2008 - Me and Mrs. Jones by Billy Paul
March 5, 2008 - Saving All My Love for You by Marilyn McCoo
March 11, 2008 - Gotta Get You In My Life by The Beatles
March 12, 2008 - Gotta Get You In My Life by The Beatles (Bottom Three)
March 18, 2008 - Yesterday by The Beatles
March 25, 2008 - If I Was Your Woman by Stephanie Mills
April 1, 2008 - I Will Always Love You by Dolly Parton.
April 8, 2008 - I Believe by Fantasia.
April 15, 208- Vanishing by Mariah Carey
April 22, 2008 - One Rock & Roll Too Many by Andrew Lloyd Webber
April 23, 2008 - One Rock & Roll Too Many by Andrew Lloyd Webber (Bottom 2)
April 29, 2008 - Thank the Lord for the Night Time by Neil Diamond
April 29, 2008 - Hello Again by Neil Diamond
May 6, 2008 - Proud Mary by Tina Turner
May 6, 2008 - A Change Is Gonna Come by Sam Cooke
May 13, 2008 - If I Ain't Got You by Alicia Keys
May 13, 2008 - Hit Me Up by Gia Farrell May 13, 2008 - Fever by Peggy Lee
Her slogan is "Don't be shy, vote for Sye."
In high school Syesha maintained a 3.4 GPA.
She appeared in a 2008 Ford Sync commercial.
Syesha graduated from Booker High School in Sarasota, Fl in 2005.
Syesha's fanbase is called "Faneshas."
When Syesha was growing up her father suffered with drugs and alcohol.
Syesha's American Idol audition number was 67235.
She has taken singing lessons from Roger Love.
When Syesha was four, she did her first performance in church.
Her talents besides singing are acting, dancing, impressions and animated voices.
Her musical influences are Whitney Houston, Etta James, Alicia Keys, Zap Mama, Lauryn Hill and Aretha Franklin.
Syesha auditioned for American Idol in Miami, Florida where she sang Freedom by Aretha Franklin.
Male Pop Artist: Justin Timberlake. Female Pop Artist: Alicia Keys.
Quote: "Be the change that you want to see in the world."
Colors: Earthy colors.
American Idol Judge: Randy Jackson
American Idol: Fantasia
Syesha started to sing at the age of three.
Syesha: (on if she will be getting married anytime soon) I'm the type of person that I live in the now. [My fiance's] so supportive and we have a mutual understanding about everything. Right now, we're focused on the career and what's the next move to make and everything else will fall into place.
Syesha: (on what type of artist she wants to be after "American Idol") I'm a mix of a lot of things. That's why a lot of people think I'm "Broadway." I definitely can see myself putting out the most recent Christina Aguilera album and the Alicia Keys album, 'The Diary of Alicia Keys.' Like pop and R&B and the old school/new school thing. I'm growing as an artist, I'm evolving and I'm glad that I did 'American Idol' because people were able to see that transition that I went through. People will know who I am once I put out my album.
Syesha: (on what her plans are after "American Idol") I tell people that I want to do everything. I'm really goal-oriented and I know whichever goal I set, I can accomplish. I want to make an album. I want to star in a film. I want to do Broadway. I want to open up a organic restaurant. I want to start a foundation. It just depends on what comes first.
Syesha: (on how her dad's struggle with drugs help her through "American Idol") It made me the strong person that I am. Having my dad struggle through [addiction], it really made me sad a lot of my life but it actually made me understand people more and be more forgiving. I told myself that I won't let this determine what my future is going to be and I'm going to help my dad. I'm going to do something that is going to make him proud. He sees me doing something good and it's really motivating him to stay sober and clean. It's a beautiful story to tell. One day, I'll tell it, maybe in a book.
Syesha: (on if she thought being on "The One" have her an advantage on "American Idol") All of us had advantages. A lot of us have had a lot of experience beforehand. I don't think it hurt me, I think it really let me know what's in store because it kind of was the same format but it had more reality. People got to see much more of my personality. With 'American Idol,' it's not so much reality behind the scenes, it's more about ... what you see on stage.
Syesha: (on how "American Idol" changed her life) I don't even think we know what's in store for us. We had a taste of it when we went to Vegas and we had a bunch of people pulling on us, saying "Oh my gosh! I love you!" We've been in a bubble but I know it has changed a lot. I know there's going to be good and bad with that, but you have your family -- sometimes they understand and sometimes they don't -- and you have your friends.
Syesha: (on why she seemed to improve a lot during the later parts of American Idol) I consider myself a hard worker and was always rehearsing and always trying to improve. When I first stepped into the competition ... I don't really feel that I was at my best potential because of the negative mind frame I was in. You know, like "Nobody sees who I am." But once I got over that, I became more comfortable with myself and the stage and the feeling of being overlooked completely subsided.
Syesha: (on what makes David Archuleta and David Cook so special) David Archuleta has that beautiful smile and that really good connection with kids. David Cook -- girls go crazy over him and ... older women find him to be really, really charming. I feel like I'm a little sister and a big sister to both of the Davids. We've really had a chance to have an intimate relationship and ... that brotherly/sisterly love. This competition can go any way so I just wish them both the best of luck. It's all about what the voters want.
Syesha: (on how she felt constantly being in the bottom 3 of American Idol) I never packed my bags. I didn't pack my bags because I didn't want to go home. If you want something, it's gonna happen. If you want to be Top 3, you'll be top three. If you want to win, you'll win. Whoever is going to win is going to be the most passionate. Whichever David is the most passionate, they are going to win. I just spoke to my family a lot and they really helped me stay strong.
Syesha: (on what she felt when the American Idol producers made her sing "Hit Me Up") I told myself just sing. I think my nieces and nephews know that song because it was in 'Happy Feet' -- they watch it over and over and over again. It's not like I could change it, so I had to try to make the best of it. I'm like, "You know, what can I do to turn this into something positive, what can I do to make the best out of it?"
Syesha: (on when she got the feeling that the American Idol finale would be between David cook and David Archuleta) After I got done performing, I was like, "It's over." I got too many bad comments from the judges to keep me there, and at this point in the game you can't have had too many bad comments to be [in the finals]. I made peace with it. I couldn't be happier right now. I don't feel defeated, I don't feel like I failed. I feel like there's only greatness from here on out.
Syesha: (on how it felt to get so close, but not make it to the finale of American Idol) To me, I made it. I think anybody who is on the show, makes it. Success is different for every person. For me, this is very successful making it to the Top 3. I set a goal and I got there. I'm very, very happy, I'm at peace. Only great things can come from here on out.
Syesha: When I made the top 24 I was really excited. I was relieved that that process was over and I finally can say that I made the top 24, so it was a good experience.