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Austintown Fitch grad returns to "America's Got Talent"

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An Austintown Fitch graduate was back in the national spotlight Tuesday night on "America's Got Talent." 

Singing impressionist Daniel Ferguson was one of 20 acts battling for seven spots in the live shows.

He sang "Sugar" by Maroon 5 in the voices of Marge Simpson from The Simpsons, Gollum from Lord of the Rings and Howie Mandel's Bobby Generic from Bobby's World.

The high pitched song was a challenge for this bass vocalist, especially in high pitched voices like Bobby Generic. 

"Just being able to see him (Howie Mandel) smile and laugh after doing that, it was the greatest feeling ever. It was just as great as how I did my Simon impression the first time around like seeing Simon's face," said Daniel, a radio sales representative in the Mansfield area.

This song was not Daniel's first choice, but he said that it was chosen due to the legality of being able to use it on the show.

"I think that I did the best that I could with it. I don't think I would have changed anything if I had gone back to do it again," he said.

In the end, the 23-year-old did not make the judge's cut in the comedy category.

"You're very different, but you are both so so talented," said Mel B to both Daniel and stand up comedian Preacher Lawson. Lawson moved on to the live shows.

"It was a once in a lifetime experience for me, maybe twice in a lifetime. We'll see what happens next year. But I'm definitely glad that I was fortunate enough to be a part of it and I'm just going to keep going from here," Daniel said.

Three wild cards are left for those who didn't make it, but Daniel's already thinking about adding the piano or ukulele instead of a karaoke track next year.

Daniel is working on a professional demo for voice-over work. He hopes to start small in commercials and then some day move on to TV shows and movies.

Being on the show has made him want to push forward even harder now to follow his dream and he was inspired by the other contestants who are in the same boat.

It is still a big break in show biz for this larger than life voice.

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