Chris Jamison was performing live on NBC's "The Voice" Monday night, in front of a national audience of 11.36 million. And he was singing a song ("Don't," by Ed Sheeran) that was both up-tempo and wordy.
"But when I walked on stage at the beginning, it kind of pumped me up. I was just so excited, and I will never forget the feeling," said Jamison, a college junior from Ross Township.
"I was actually more nervous for the other [taped] part of the competition. I felt like I had to unleash something I had been holding in for awhile."
It left him literally breathless, at one point hustling to catch up on the words but covering nicely with a little whoop.
"I wanted people to know I was enjoying the song."
He and his Team Adam Levine mates get to watch two other teams sing tonight, then it's the big reveal program at 8 p.m. Wednesday. This week's shows were the first to involve audience voting, and the roster of 20 singers will be pared to 12 (eight chosen by viewers, four by coaches).
"Now that I've had the experience of feeling [the rush of live TV], I want to make that top 12," Jamison said.