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Recap: Episode 5 of BET’s Sunday’s Best Season 3

Sunday's Best Season 3

Episode 5 started off with Donnnie McClurkin, Isaac Carree, Yolanda Adams, Kim Burrell, and Tina Campbell, singing Kirk Franklin’s infamous tribute to Haiti, “Are You Listening?”
Tonight, 10 of 20 finalists performed, the other 10 will perform next week. For the most part, the contestants sang one of the judges it made it very interesting. So here we go let’s get down to business..

First up was Johntae Thomas from New Orleans. She sung, “Just a Prayer away”, I liked her..wasn’t a big fan of the new rendition, but she can definitely sing. Donnie loved the creativity, enjoyed the presentation. Tina wished it was a little more stage presence, Yolanda Adams agreed with Tina and Donnie, and noted that Johntae looked happy.

Next, LeeAndria Johnson, from Orlando, Florida. Yolanda says the way she delivered the song “..We know that you have been through some things”. Tina said “Baby, the God in you reached the God in me!!” Donnie, said the anointing that she carried came through. They loved her…and so did I!!

Robert Hatcher, from Cincinatti Ohio, sung “What about the children”…. Yolanda Adams said he has an awesome voice, but he came across a bit nervous. Tina said his voice is awesome but he played it to safe. Donnie agreed.

Tawanna Tarwin, from Louisianna was up next. “I will trust you”. Donnie, the voice is phenomenal, she had control. Tina Campbell said listening to her snippet would make her want to buy the song. Yolanda, said “Control, Presence, The whole package!”.

Davon Fleming, 18, from Baltimore, MD. He sung “We Fall Down”. Donnie said he loved the approach but noted that there is a lot of maturation that is going to happen with your voice. Yolanda..wants him to practice the intent of the note. Tina said she didn’t believe him based on his eyes in the beginning, he has to make her feel his passion so she can appreciate the song more. I agree..but he is young and I think if he is starting from the point he is at now..he can’t go nowhere but UP!!

Quiana Pettigrew, from Cleveland, Ohio, sung “Great is your mercy”. Donnie loved the approach, (his song). Tina, vocally, she needed more out of her she didn’t feel like she gave the best of her. Yolanda, agreed, saying give more of you. I thought it fell a little flat but I know in my heart that she got more to give..hope to see more of her.

Next up, the preacher’s kid, Franklin Davis IV, from New Orleans. He want to bring more swagger to gospel music. He sung, “I believe I can fly”. I really liked his take on the song. The judges didn’t seem to be a big fan. While Yolanda said she thinks he is great, she want him to smile a little more. Tina, said she wasn’t really impressed with him vocally. Donnie, didn’t enjoy the notes that he missed, he have to get more confidence.

From Lagos, Funmi Grace Odeyemi, sung “Open up My heart”. I didn’t really like it. I still remember her from the audition when Kim Burrell got her to bring it..but tonight..she didn’t really bring it. Yolanda Adams, said don’t be so careful, feel free, be comfortable in who you are. Donnie, said “You look wonderful, your voice did not match your look”. Ouch!! Tina felt she might have let your nerves get the best of her.

Now…Dward Davis. His performance of Donnie McClurkin’s “Hail Jesus Your My King”. felt like I was at church..he did a great job. Tina said “He made her interested”. She liked everything about it”. Donnie, “You sung the song like I wanted to sing it”. Yolanda, “You came to work, did the work looked the part and the anointing was all over you.” I completely agree. Can’t wait to see more of him.

Oh my..what can I say..I wasn’t ready for this next performance. I really enjoyed his audition but had forgot how awesome he was. Elder Goldwire McClendon was next. He is 79 years old and has been singing every since he was 9 years old. He sung “The Battle is Not Yours”” MY God, My God, My GOD!!!!!!! He got a standing ovation from all 3 judges…and ME at home!!! Yolanda (speaking with tears in her eyes), said “I want to thank you for coming and auditioning”. Donnie….couldn’t do anything but holler..then he turned around and….gave a preaching about Joshua with it…they went to Church in that place!! And all I could say is WINNER..WINNER…. WINNER. Kirk was crying..even coming back from commercial people in the audience were still in tears. What more can I say?

At the end, there was a special treat, a performance by Sunday’s Best Season 2 winner, Y’anna Crawley. She sung her single “Grandma’s Hands”…She looked and sounded great, as always!!! Talk to you next week!! God Bless!!

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