NBC’s The Voice returned on Monday evening (May 18) with the first of a two-night season finale and Team Blake’s Todd Tilghman delivered a moving performance of MercyMe’s “I Can Only Imagine.” His stunning performance left coach Kelly Clarkson in tears and received a standing ovation from his coach Blake Shelton.
“Oh my God! I was crying, literally, you’re so moving, it’s because you’re a pastor and because you have a bigger belief inside of you then just yourself. I would love to come to your church to see you sing.” Clarkson shared, crying.
“Now, I’m gonna cry, seeing Kelly cry,” Shelton said. “What she’s saying is true though. Your talent speaks for itself, you sing with so much passion and so much precision.”
Watch his performance below.
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After receiving a four-chair turn during his audition, Tilghman has remained a fan-favorite throughout season 18 and often performed country songs, including Travis Tritt’s “Anymore” and “Love, Me” by Collin Raye. He is a father of eight and the lead pastor of Cornerstone Church in Meridian, Mississippi.
Shelton is the only coach to have two contestants in the finale, Tilghman and Toneisha Harris.
The winner of The Voice will be revealed on the two-hour live telecast on Tuesday, May 19 (9:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT) on NBC. Tuesday’s show will include a performance from Lady Antebellum as well as Blake Shelton and his longtime girlfriend, Gwen Stefani, who will perform their chart-topping duet, “Nobody But You.”
Voting is open now through Tuesday at 7 am ET. Fans can vote via The Voice app or online HERE.