I don’t know what to say. I just want to say thank you.

Syesha Mercado [following her American Idol elimination]

I’m like a black Christina Aguilera [or] Alicia Keys.

Syesha Mercado

This is just the way the music business is. When you’re performing in front of 25 to 30 million people and you’re not making the effort to make your self into a star I don’t think you’re doing yourself any favors so that’s why I said it.

Simon Cowell