Todd Tilghman Stuns With ‘I Can Only Imagine’ On ‘The Voice’ Finale

NBC’s The Voice returned on Monday evening (May 18) with the first of a two-night season finale and Team Blake’s…


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May 18, 2020


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Todd Tilghman – The Voice Finale

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.

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.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.