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Daniel Ferguson on America's Got Talent Daniel Ferguson on America's Got Talent
Daniel Ferguson performing with the Austintown Fitch Speech and Debate Team Daniel Ferguson performing with the Austintown Fitch Speech and Debate Team
Daniel Ferguson and his parents when he graduated from Austintown Fitch in 2012 Daniel Ferguson and his parents when he graduated from Austintown Fitch in 2012
Daniel Ferguson started studying cartoon character voices as a child watching cartoons Daniel Ferguson started studying cartoon character voices as a child watching cartoons
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An Austintown Fitch graduate surprised judges on "America's Got Talent" with his impression of one of the judges and some familiar characters.

Daniel Ferguson is a radio sales representative by day and a singing impressionist by night.

The 23-year-old now lives in Ontario, Ohio. He impressed the judges with his rendition of "Cake by the Ocean" by DNCE using different voices like Goofy, Scooby Doo, Kermit the Frog, and judge Simon Cowell.
 
This was his first performance of the act in front of an audience besides his family and the nerves set in.

"I mean, once I finally got out there on stage it was kind of difficult to catch my breath. Everything just felt so surreal. Even now, it doesn't feel like it's happened," he said.

But it did and all the judges agreed he's moving on to the next round.

"Daniel, I have to say, I've never seen anything like this," exclaimed Mel B.

Simon said, "Thank God for you today because I was beginning to lose the will to live."

It's a talent that began at a young age for Daniel. He credits watching cartoons, the speech and debate team at Fitch, his YouTube channel Ginger SNAP, and his father.

"He kind of got me into doing Scooby Doo. He does the Scooby Doo voice a lot. He does a Donald Duck voice a lot that I always wished I could do, I'm still working on that. He'll do the Popeye laugh," Ferguson said.

New characters and a new song are in the works for his next audition to try to not only reach his dream of being a voice actor but also to have a show in Las Vegas. 

"Being able to have my own Vegas show, that's further than I thought any of my goals could possibly get. So I think having a Vegas show would be amazing," he said.

While attending Kent State University he started laying the groundwork to try to become a voice actor with his YouTube channel and a college radio show. He earned a degree in Communication Studies with a concentration in Public Communication. 

"I thought, I don't always like being in front of crowds, but I do like the idea of being behind the scenes, behind a microphone, being that person on TV or in movies that you always recognize their voice but you don't really know anything about them," he said.

A friend gave Daniel the idea to try to get his voice out there on the national stage through an audition for "America's Got Talent". Last summer she found a video of a similar act and urged Daniel to give it a shot.

"I made sure to thank her multiple times for giving me the idea in the first place," he said.

He's also especially thankful for the support from his family every step of the way.

The next round of auditions start airing on 21 WFMJ July 25.
 

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