TWINSBURG -- 18-year-old Anthony Paul, a recent graduate of Twinsburg High School narrowly made his way to the next round of NBC's hit show "The Voice."
His coach, singer Cee Lo Green picked him in Week 1 but chose a competitor in Week 2 after Paul sang "As Long As You Love Me."
For a few painful seconds he and his parents thought the ride to superstardom was over. Then Christina Aguilera "stole" him, allowing him to join her team -- and keep "The Voice" dream alive.
"I'd be lying if I said I wasn't nervous," his mom Kim tells Channel 3. "We were in the audience, and we thought Cee Lo was going to pick him!"
The moment of terror was quickly over, and their son -- who sang for the Twinsburg High School show choir until graduating this spring -- was back on track.
"He had applied to be on another TV singing reality show twice, but those didn't stick. This one did," his father Tony tells us.
Cee Lo Green did describe his style as "efficient" and "amazing to see and feel."
Anthony is now back at college in suburban Chicago, studying music management. He will fly back out to Los Angeles as the rounds advance.
This round of "The Voice" was taped several weeks ago -- allowing contestants to resume their jobs and school until they're needed down the road.