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Recap: Episode 2 of BET’s Sunday’s Best Season 3

Sunday's Best Season 3

Back in the United States….the second week of Sunday’s Best kicked off in Detroit. Donnie McClurkin and sisters Tina and Erica Campbell of the duo Mary Mary. To my disappointment their weren’t any stand out singers.

Robert Hatcher did a good job..he immediately impressed the judges. I did realize from this audition that Tina Campbell don’t be playing. She is a hard sell. You have to be on your “A plus” game to impress her.

Most of the good singers didn’t get through because their runs was all over the place..they were just doing too much…time after time again…then..

There was Quianna, who came with her boyfriend Donald by herside. She sung “Pass Me Not” (so did most of the other singers). Erica liked her, Donnie felt it was a neo-soul type thing going on..all in all they liked her and she made it!!! Unfortunately, her boyfriend Donald didn’t have the same fate. The judges felt he had a good voice..Erica said yes but Tina and Donnie said no..so I guess the only way we’ll be seeing him in New Orleans is by way of showing moral support for Quianna.

Then…How awesome was it to see the praise deaf choir signing “Yes Jesus Loves Me”. That was great!

Missy came from the UK and immediately impressed the judges with both her singing and good spirits!! More contestants disappointed the judges than I would have expected coming from Detroit. Brian Smith was the last contestant..he sung “His Eye is on the Sparrow”…he was the final yes…

So only a few people made it from Detroit. Maybe there will be better luck next week!!

Recap: Episode 1 of BET’s Sunday’s Best Season 3

Sunday's Best Season 3
Season 3 of BET’s popular gospel music show, Sunday’s Best kicked off tonight. If you have tuned in to it before then you already know the wonderful Kirk Franklin is the host. This season started off with a twist, the cast was in looking for gospel talents in Nigeria. The judges were Donnie McClurkin, Kim Burrell, and Britain’s Nigerian born gospel singing sensation Muyiwa Olanrewaju. If you ask me, Muyiwa was a bit critical of all the contestants but it seems like he really wants Nigeria represented well.

Overall, none of the contestants really stood out to me, if I had to make a hard choice I would probably go with Ekeng Bassey. For the most part it was a bit hard to listen to. I mean they truly had some terrible singers. There were a few light moments, like the impersonation of Kirk Franklin. But you have to know that most of this is just for TV. All in all, seven West Africans were chosen: Priscella Bello, Funni Oduyemi (whom judge Kim Burrell battled in song to give her a glimpse of what competition would be like), Christiana, Japheth David, Morolake, Ekeng Bassey, and, last but not least, Abraham Balogun. Abraham drove 12 hours to get to Lagos and waited all day long to stand before the judges. He sung Amazing Grace and he was able to win over 2 of the 3 judges. Donnie McClurkin was initially on the fence but conceded, Kim Burrell was moved by his journey, but Muyiwa did not feel as though he was good enough for the competition.

In case you missed it, on Friday Tina Campbell (from Mary Mary) and Season Two Sunday’s Best winner Y’Anna Crawley did a powerhouse performance of Mary Mary’s single “Heaven”. Y’Anna also sung “Grandma’s Hand” and did a great job, making it crystal clear why she was the winner. Anyway looking forward to next week’s auditions. Be sure to check back for updates!! Here is a clip of Y’Anna singing “Grandma’s Hand” on Season 2 of Sunday’s Best!!

41st Annual GMA Dove Awards

41st Annual Dove Awards

Tickets are on sale for the 41st Annual GMA Dove Awards. The Award show will be taped on April 21st at 4 PM at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, TN.

Just like the previous year, fans will help decide the winners of two key Dove Award categories: Artist of the Year and New Artist of the Year. So be sure to take time to vote for your favorite!!! Voting begins now and will close Tuesday, April 20 at midnight (EST).The nominees are as follows:

Artist of the Year

Skillet
Francesca Battistelli
Casting Crowns
Jason Crabb
Mary Mary
Jars of Clay
TobyMac

New Artist of the Year

Jonny Diaz
Revive
Kari Jobe
Crystal Aikin
Brian Courtney Wilson
Sidewalk Prophets
Bluetree

The 41st GMA Dove Awards will air only on GMC on Sunday, April 25 at 8/7 c.
To vote for your favorite artist click here.
For tickets to the 41st Annual GMA Dove Awards click here.

Sunday Best Auditions underway!!

Are you ready to find out who’s the next Sunday Best? I sure am..if you think you got the skills to follow in the footsteps the likes of Crystal Aiken and Y’Anna Crawley then make sure you definitely make your way to the auditions:

Sunday Best Season 3 Auditions:

DETROIT*
When: February 20, 8 a.m. – noon
Where: COBO Center
1 Washington Blvd.,
Detroit, MI 48226

NEW ORLEANS
When: February 27, 8 a.m. – noon
Where: Ernest M. Morial Convention Center
900 Convention Center Boulevard
New Orleans, LA 70130-1799

PHILADELPHIA*
When: March 6, 8 a.m. – noon
Where: Pennsylvania Convention Center
One Convention Center Place
1101 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

For more info check out BET’s website

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