Syesha Mercado on Life After Idol, Plus Idol’s Tour

Syesha Mercado, the most recent eliminated “Idol” says “I’m growing as an artist, I’m evolving” of her experience on American Idol. Mercado along with the remainder of the top 10 including Chikezie Eze and Ramiele Malubay will embark on the American Idol’s Live Tour in July. Tickets for the tour spanning three months including stops in St. Louis, Newark and Los Angeles went on sale this weekend. Mercado, the last woman standing says she is ready to show music fans exactly who she is. Citing artists like Alicia Keys and Christina Aguilera, Mercado looks forward to putting together a pop/R&B album. “I definitely can see myself putting together a Christina Aguilera album, the one that she just recently did and an Alicia Keys album like ‘The Diary of Alicia Keys,” the singer told journalists during a teleconference last week. “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.” Pop Tarts presents Idol’s Live kicks of July 1st in Glendale, AZ. Tour Dates: July: July 1 Glendale, AZ jobing.com Arena July 2 San Diego, CA San Diego Sports Arena July 3 Fresno, CA Save Mart Center July 5 Las Vegas, NV Thomas & Mack Center July 7 Los Angeles, CA Staples Center July 8 San Jose, CA HP Pavilion July 9 Sacramento, CA ARCO Arena July 11 Portland, OR Rose Garden July 12 Tacoma, WA Tacoma Dome July 14 West Valley City, UT The “E” Center July 18 St. Louis, MO Scottrade Center July 19 Rosemont, IL Allstate Arena July 20 Columbus, OH Schottenstein Center July 22 Indianapolis, IN Conseco Fieldhouse July 23 Cincinnati, OH US Bank Arena July 24 Detroit, MI Joe Louis Arena July 26 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre July 27 Rochester, NY Blue Cross Arena July 29 Pittsburgh, PA Mellon Arena July 30 Newark, NJ Prudential Center August: August 2 Atlantic City, NJ Boardwalk Hall August 4 Long Island, NY Nassau Coliseum August 6 Albany, NY Times Union Center August 8 Hartford, CT XL Center August 9 Worcester, MA DCU Center August 10 Manchester, NH Verizon Wireless Center August 12 Baltimore, MD 1st Mariner Arena August 13 Philadelphia, PA Wachovia Center August 14 Washington, DC Verizon Center August 16 Lexington, KY Rupp Arena August 17 Charlotte, NC Time Warner Cable Arena August 18 Duluth, GA Arena at Gwinnett Center August 20 Sunrise, FL BankAtlantic Center August 21 Tampa, FL St Pete Times Forum August 24 Houston, TX Toyota Center August 25 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center August 26 Bossier City, LA CenturyTel Center August 28 Oklahoma City, OK Ford Center August 29 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center August 31 Minneapolis, MN Target Center September: September 2 Green Bay, WI Resch Center September 3 Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena September 4 Cleveland. OH Wolstein Center September 6 Bridgeport, CT Arena at Harbor Yard September 7 Providence, RI Dunkin Donuts Center September 8 Wilkes Barre, PA Wachovia Arena September 10 Ft. Wayne, IN Allen County War Memorial Coliseum September 11 Evansville, IN Roberts Stadium September 13 Tulsa, OK BOK Center

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