March 27--The singers and bands that singer Christian Porter loves and admires -- The Lumineers, Phillip Phillips -- ate his dust Tuesday.
One day after the 21-year-old Stroudsburg singer blew the celebrity judges away during his blind audition on "The Voice," he watched as the song he sang -- a one-minute, 30-second acoustic version of LMFAO's "I'm Sexy and I Know It," shot up the iTunes chart for most downloaded song of the day.
It was among the top 40s by Tuesday afternoon.
"To even jump into the top 100 last night, I was very grateful," he said. "Then I think it got into the 50s, and it was very, very exciting. I don't even know how to comprehend everything that's happening to me right now."
Porter's appearance caused a social media stir in the Poconos.
NBC released a promotional video Saturday for the show's season premiere that gave away Porter's performance, the wild reaction from the audience and the fight between celebrity judges to work with him.
It also caused a social media stir for Porter, who started Monday with about 400 Twitter followers. By Tuesday afternoon, he was up to more than 5,600.
"'The Voice' is an incredible platform," he said. "In this industry, you need people to notice you any way you can."
That led to local bars where Porter has played in the past turning off their normal sporting events and switching over to "The Voice."
Porter went out to one of those bars, Sarah Street Grill in Stroudsburg, to meet with friends and fans who wanted to see how he did.
"Before the show, I had been sitting in the corner of the bar playing some cover songs," he said. "And now people are seeing me on TV."
They're just seeing him now even though he taped the audition late last summer at an open audition call at the Izod Center in New Jersey.
He brought his family along for support, and when he wowed the crowd and made it onto Blake Shelton's team, he said he was a little worried his 13-year-old sister Rosemary might have trouble keeping the secret NBC contractually obligates all participants to keep.
But it was someone else that had the biggest problem.
"It was harder for my dad (Paul)," he joked. "He was really excited and anxious, but he didn't give anything away. Not until, like, a day before it aired."
Porter now is hoping to reach the live rounds, which he and NBC officials said are scheduled for May.
Until then, he'll take part in "battle rounds" with other team members hoping not to be eliminated from the show.
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