The Tampa Bay area’s most famous ‘American Idol’ finalist, Syesha Mercado, took the stage in Manatee Convention and Civic Center in Palmetto for a “Follow Your Dreams” benefit concert Thursday night. The 22-year-old’s performance helped raise money for some special school programs. Fox 13 Tampa Bay was on hand for the benefit show, offering a few highlights from the set. “It’s preaching a really good message to the kids,” Mercado said. “So I’m just really really happy to be hear. I’m excited because I get to share my talents with others and give back to the community.”
The video segment at myfoxtampabay.com has since been removed.