The recently eliminated Hispanic American Idol contestant tells our website that he doesn't regret his past as a nude dancer

Por People Staff
Updated Marzo 19, 2008

He was one of American Idol‘s top 12 contestants this season on the popular FOX reality competition, but he got voted off days after news that he had worked as a stripper at a men's cabaret went public.

In an exclusive interview with People En, 25-year-old David Hernández tells us what his life was like before he hit the stage, his plans for the future and his Hispanic roots.

What was your experience like on the show?
Amazing, it was great. I had a lot of fun. It was tiring, but I think it was a great platform for my career.

How did you feel when you got eliminated?
It was shocking. I never thought I would be going home. It was sad, but I think that many doors will open now.

When did you discover you were a talented singer?
Since I was a little boy I used to sing in the bathroom. When I was 5 years old my grandfather took me to a talent contest. That was the beginning.

What was your life like before you went on the show?
It was pretty normal. I worked at a pizza bistro. I played with a band and before that I also worked on a cruise ship singing. We traveled across the Mexican Riviera, it was so much fun. But I needed a change.

What can you tell us about the news that you were a stripper in a gay club?
I am not ashamed of my past, I have no regrets. Everything I have done made me the person I am now.

So is it true?
I have no comments.

What are your plans now that you're not on the show?
I want to get a record deal and work on an R&B album this year. I would love to act and get involved with a Broadway show, but for the moment my priority is singing.

What's your relationship to Mexico?
My family came from Mexico before I was born. I still have family in Mexico City, but I haven't visited them.

What artists do you admirer?
I really like Luis Miguel and Alejandro Sanz.

What's your favorite food?
Chorizo, eggs and tortilla.