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Former American Idol finalist Syesha Mercado

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Syesha Mercado joins Val and Ryan to talk about her new Christmas single, "Christmas Melody."

The Broadway actress also stars in the new film "Dreams" that takes place here in Chicago (Trailer: at Syesha is in town to headline the Geanco Foundation's Health & Hope For Africa Gala in Chicago on Saturday December 3, 2011, which will be hosted by Forest Whitaker.

The goal of the Geanco Foundation is to save and improve the lives of the poor and vulnerable, especially women and children, in the African country of Nigeria. They plan to accomplish their goal through developing world-class medical, educational and athletic facilities. They want to empower Nigerians to strengthen their own communities.

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