LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A day after his quest to becoming the next "America's Got Talent" ended, Dave Fenley is excited about what his future holds.
Fenley, who was raised in Lufkin, said he came into the contest knowing he probably wouldn't win, but had a good time and was glad he could be "real."
"I don't do everything they say to do, you know?" Fenley said. "I didn't dance when they said to dance. I just stayed real."
Playing off the mutual fascination between Fenley and judge Mel B., Fenley performed his own version of "Say You'll Be There," complete with beatboxing, which drew the ire of judge Howard Stern.
Stern said Fenley was not a beatboxer and he needed to stop focusing on Mel B., before hitting his desk and saying he was very disappointed.
Fenley said he holds no ill will toward Stern.
"One thing I love about coming up here is everyone is really honest and Howard was just really honest with me," Fenley said.
He admits his song of choice may have kept him from going to the finals.
"A lot of people are mad and saying they won't watch the show again but there's no need for that," he said. "There's a lot of good talent there to keep watching."
He said he hopes the exposure brings more people to his website and Facebook page and helps him further his career.
He also said he hopes to come back to play in Lufkin and Nacogdoches.
"Yeah, I hope to come back to the Piney Woods, back to some of the old water holes," Fenley said. "Hopefully there will be a few more people there."