‘The Voice’: And the winner is …

‘The Voice’: And the winner is …

SPOILER ALERT: The following post contains results from Tuesday night’s Season 18 finale of “The Voice,” which has yet to air on the West Coast:

Season 18 of “The Voice” will go down as a very memorable one, not only because it featured remote, at-home performances necessitated by the coronavirus outbreak, but because it delivered some of the most electrifying moments in recent years.

But all good things must come to an end, and by the time Tuesday’s music-filled, two-hour finale on NBC reached a crescendo, host Carson Daly announced that the winner of the whole shebang is …

Todd Tilghman!

The result was certainly no surprise. Tilghman, a 41-year-old pastor and father of eight from Meridian, Mississippi, was a fan favorite from Day 1, becoming the first four-chair turn of the season with his Blind Audition performance of Bob Seger’s “We’ve Got Tonight.” Wisely, he went with savvy veteran Blake Shelton.

That gives Shelton his seventh win in 18 seasons. Do you think he’s getting the hang of this thing?

During Monday’s performance episode, Tilghman performed “I Can Only Imagine” by MercyMe and his own original song entitled “Long Way Home.”

In the closing minutes of the show, Daly announced that Micah Iverson finished in fifth place and CammWess took fourth. That left a Top 3 of Tilghman, Toneisha Harris and Thunderstorm Artis. It was not revealed how Harris and Artis finished, but no matter how you slice it, it was a stunning showing by Harris who overcame long odds to make into that far on an instant save.

The show kicked off with a fun and peppy supergroup performance of Pete Townshend’s “Let My Love Open the Door.” It featured the contestants and coaches, along with former chair-spinners CeeLo Green and Shakira. It was a nice way to honor Townshend, who is celebrating his 75th birthday.

Other highlights included the Jonas Brothers performing their new single “X,” featuring Karol G., a medley of John Legend’s big hits (dedicated to medical workers fighting COVID-19), Lady Antebellum doing “Champagne Night,” Shelton and Gwen Stefani combining on “Nobody But You,” Kelly Clarkson singing her new single “I Dare You,” duets featuring the finalists and their coaches, and more.

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Author: Chuck Barney