DeNae is a 2002 graduate of Southside High School. Supporters gathered at Soup, Salads and Spirits for a viewing party. They brought in a special big screen TV to watch the competition. They also had a laptop set up to vote for DeNae during the show.
DeNae's brother accompanied her to perform in New York for the show. DeNae told Fox Fort Wayne News she hoped the exposure from winning the competition would bring her a recording contract.