“The Voice” voters Tuesday night rewarded its 18th season crown to Mississippi pastor Todd Tilghman, a family man with God-given grace and gravitas in his voice.
Tilghman beat out four very worthy rivals.
New Atlanta resident and earnest singer-songwriter Micah Iverson (Team Kelly Clarkson) came in fifth.
South Carolinian R&B crooner CammWess (Team John Legend) landed in fourth.
There was no second or third place. Host Carson Daly cut to the chase at 10:59 p.m. and named Tilghman over Roswell mom and vocal diva Toneisha Harris (Team Blake Shelton) and Portland, Oregon’s eclectic singer Thunderstorm Artis (Team Nick Jonas).
The two-hour finale featured the usual array of humor, duets and celebrity appearances by the likes of Lady Antebellum and Bon Jovi, but in this case, it was largely pre-taped and remotely. The clips from the time when the show was taped in a studio seem almost prehistoric at this point. There was also a comedic bit that was meant to promote the now postponed 2020 Summer Olympics but ultimately just felt bittersweet.
There was plenty of charity-related uplifting moments as well. Each coach sang songs for essential workers with host Carson Daly referencing Microsoft donating a hefty sum to Feeding America numerous times. “The Voice” alums also did a video of “What the World Needs Now.”
Each of the finalists did duets with their coaches. Toneisha sang Fleetwood Mac’s “Don’t Stop” with Blake. Micah teamed with Kelly for Lady Antebellum’s “I Run To You.” CammWess joined John with Elton John’s “Rocket Man.” Thunderstorm crooned Phil Collins’ “You’ll Be In My Heart” with Nick Jonas. And Todd and Blake tackled John Mellencamp’s “Authority Song.” (Wow! Mellencamp cleared a song for a reality competition show?)
Here are an array of performances from the finale:
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