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Blake Shelton’s Todd Tilghman Wins Season 18

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Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani joined “The Tonight Show” where Gwen gave a mule to her boyfriend before the two performed their duo “Nobody But You”.

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Blake Shelton is back at the top.

Todd Tilghman – who was the first person to audition this season of “The Voice” – outlasted everyone and was crowned winner of season 18 in the very first distance final.

Tilghman was surrounded by his 21-year-old wife and their eight Mississippi children, host Carson Daly, named him winner. He said that Shelton’s support “has meant the world to me in all of this.” “

Streamers came across Shelton, who connected securely from Oklahoma with his family. The country crooner got something sweeter than a trophy – a kiss of congratulations from girlfriend Gwen Stefani.

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Despite technical difficulties with Shelton’s microphone, “The Voice” effortlessly combined 21 livestreams from across the country into a flawless finale after the coronavirus pandemic forced the NBC singing competition to distance themselves for safety reasons .

Tilghman’s victory made Shelton, the last original coach of the NBC singing competition, the undisputed champion. Already the most successful coach in the history of the series, Shelton now has seven wins under his cowboy belt.

“The Voice”, distance final, part 2: on this screenshot: (top row from left to right) Todd Tilghman, Toneisha Harris, Thunderstorm Artis; (bottom row from left to right) Blake Shelton, Nick Jonas. (Photo: NBC, NBC)

Tilghman, a Mississippi pastor, won four chair laps in blind auditions with his emotional rendition of “We have it tonight” by Bob Seger.

Kelly Clarkson, Nick Jonas and John Legend all drew on Tilghman’s roots with their religious background, but he ultimately chose Shelton as their coach.

” I love your voice. I love passion. I love the range.… I love the hop, “said Shelton before labeling his dance of praise” Holy Hop. ” “I think Todd is special and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him in the final. He has an excellent voice and a lot of dynamism. “

It turns out that Shelton knows what he’s talking about.

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When the votes were counted, Toneisha Harris (Shelton) and Thunderstorm Artis (Nick Jonas) completed the Top 3; CammWess (John Legend) was fourth and Micah Iverson (Kelly Clarkson) was fifth.

The two-hour season finale was more like a concert, with performances by virtual guests and post-competition duos with the Top 5 and their coaches.

Tilghman looked at his house alongside Shelton during the performance of John Mellencamp’s “Authority Song”, while Artis and Jonas devoted a cover of “You will be in my heart” by Phil Collins to all workers in the who are fighting COVID-19.

CammWess and Legend demolished the house with a powerful rendition of Elton John’s “Rocket Man. “ Clarkson and Iverson have teamed up for “I Run to You” by Lady Antebellum.

Harris and Shelton starred in Fleetwood Mac’s “Don’t Stop,” symbolizing her journey on “The Voice” after returning almost a decade after she was originally scheduled to audition for season 2.

It was not the only performance of the evening for the coaches. Jonas joined the brothers Joe and Kevin for a virtual performance of the new single inspired by the reggaeton “X” of the Jonas Brothers. He also started his song “Until We Meet Again”.

Shelton performed his single # 1 “Nobody But You” with Stefani for the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma; Legend sang “All of Me” for nurses at the St. Francis Medical Center in Los Angeles; and Clarkson performed his new multilingual single “I Dare You”, which includes lyrics in six languages.

Fan favorite competitors of “The Voice”, including reigning champion Jake Hoot, Kevin Farris, Lauren Duski, Jacob Maxwell, Alexa Cappelli, Mike Jerel, Ricky Duran and Brition Buchanan, bring hope with a joint performance by “What the World Needs Now” is love. ”

Jon Bon Jovi looked cooler than a cucumber sipping a red solo mug before Bon Jovi played “Limitless”. Other invited performances include the “Champagne Night” by Lady Antebellum.

Although the finale is “unlike anything we’ve ever done,” said Daly, “the excitement is more. “

The caption added, “We had some adversity this year, but we had to run this show in a whole new format and I don’t think Blake would even want to leave Oklahoma any more if we can do it that way. “

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