THE Voice viewers are outraged after “boring” contestant Todd Tilghman beat out fan-favorite Thunderstorm Artis during tonight’s finale.
The 42-year-old church pastor – who represented Blake Shelton’s team – was crowned the winner of season 18.
The Meridian, Mississippi worship leader garnered the most votes during the final episode that was filmed remotely amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
On part-one of the finale that aired Monday night, Todd sang his original song Long Way Home in an attempt to garner the most votes.
The soulful singer was praised for his vocals by fellow coaches Kelly Clarkson, John Legend and Nick Jonas.
Many viewers were equally impressed as the father of eight was announced as the champion by host Carson Daly.
Todd appeared stunned after the results were revealed as his family popped confetti and celebrated around him.
His 43-year-old country star coach screamed in joy as his girlfriend, Gwen Stefani, gave him a kiss on the cheek thrilled with the news.
After the show, Blake tweeted: “YES!!! That’s what I’m talking about!!!!!! CONGRATS @todd_tilghman!!! Season 18 @NBCTheVoice WINNER! You deserve this – so proud of you! Let’s go!!!!!!!”
The God's Country singer's most recent win is his seventh out of the 18 seasons he's been a part of which is higher than any other coaches record on the series.
However, many fans of the show took issue with Todd coming out on top.
“I knew it. Another robbery at the voice finale. Thunderstorm or Toneisha one of them should have won not Todd,” one person wrote.
Another fired off: “No one is going to listen to that 50 year old christian man.”
“I don’t know why I keep watching #TheVoice. The most boring singer won. I would have been happy if any of the other four finalists had won. Boo,” a harsh critic said.
One more angry viewer questioned: “Are they sure about those results? Thunderstorm was robbed.”
Toneisha Harris and Thunderstorm rounded out the top three finalists of season 18.
Todd was a standout on Team Blake all season after he became the first four-chair turn of the season with his Blind Audition performance of We've Got Tonight by Bob Seger.
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