Smokie Norful opened up the show singing “Sunday Morning Medley” from his new CD. He certainly got everyone up on their feet! Now on to the contestants…
Remember last week everyone was blown away by Michael Pugh’s performance of “I won’t complain”. Who blew you away this week?
First up was twenty eight year old Cincinnati resident, Isaiah Freeman IV, singing “My Life Is In Your Hands.” The judges loved him. Erica felt his sound had a Fred Hammond kind of sound to it. I think he did good.
Next up was Annalisha Robbins singing “The Battle Is Not Yours.” She didn’t do bad, but I wish she would have put a little bit more into it. She seemed a bit nervous. Donnie said he want her to just “relax a little”.
Now, twenty two year old Tennessee resident, Roosevelt Griffin singing “Total Praise.” I don’t know if it was the song choice or what, but this performance wasn’t that good to me. He did okay. Tina didn’t like that there was no shock value by him staying at that high range and not building up to it. There seems to be a lot of mixed reviews on this performance. What do you think?
Next up, Sue Roseberry from Midland, TX singing “The Lord Will Make A Way Somehow”. She is grandmother of 15! I loved her performance! Felt like I was sitting in someone church! She got a standing ovation and ummhh yeah, she deserved it!
Eric Drew, from Los Angeles was next singing “The Presence Of The Lord Is Here.” I know they have a short time up there but for some reason his performance felt rushed to me. I mean there is no question in my mind that he can sing, it was just moving fast and I didn’t get a “wow” factor. The judges weren’t impressed either.
Next up, another Midland, TX resident, Felecia Russell. She sung “Encourage Yourself”. Like the judges, I thought she could do more. The girl has some vocals on her but just needs to let her confidence shine through.
Then Quentin Bethea from Charlotte, NC. Tina felt like his nerves got the best of him. He had some pitch problems but I hope to see him back. I love the fact that he continued to try out and finally made it to the top 20.
Next up was Timesha Sampson from Memphis, singing “There Is No Way I Can Live Without You.” I think she kind of oversung the song. I agree with Erica, it just seemed like it was all over the place.
There was then Brian Ezra Bates, from Alabama! He seemed excited and nervous at the same time! The judges pretty much felt the same way.
Finally, there was thirty year old Monica Smith from Alabama, singing “Silver & Gold” ! She was awesome! She is definitely confident in her abilities and there is no doubt she is going to bring it in this competition!
The judges couldn’t decide on a top 10 so they chose 9 and then will have 3 that will battle for the 10th spot!
The Top Nine are..
1. Amber Bullock
2. Michael Pugh
3. Isaiah Freeman
4. Monica Smith
5. Michael Washington
6. Andrea Helms
7. Carlington Roberts
8. Sue Roseberry
9. Felecia Russell
And the three singers that will compete for the 10th spot are:
1. Timesha Sampson
2. Latrice Smith
3. Shanandolan Reynolds
It’s Backkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk! BET’s Sunday’s Best premiered last night with auditions in Atlanta, Dallas and Los Angeles. This season will feature the same judges, Donnie McClurkin and gospel duo Mary Mary (Erica Campbell and Tina Campbell). As always, the beloved, Kirk Franklin will be the host.
The first episode of the two-hour series took place in Atlanta. The five Judges were comprised of Pastor E. Dewey Smith, and previous Sunday’s Best contestants, Durward Davis, Dontavious Boatwright, Crystal Aiken and Yanna Crawley. What can I say, the Atlanta auditions did not disappoint. It had an interesting mixture of good, bad and everything in between.
I especially liked the vocals on sixteen year old Anthony Brown, unfortunately he is too young to compete. What a shame! I would love to see him a few more times in the competition! The previous contestants turned judges gathered at the end to deliver an amazing vocal performance.
Check out a snippet of the Atlanta audition below:
In the second episode auditions were held in both Dallas and Los Angeles. S/N: Dallas was really the first city they visited so not sure why BET chose to feature it in the second episode. The highlight of the Dallas audition hands down goes to David Mann aka Mr. Brown, who came in the auditions with a scarf covering his face, singing the infamous, “This is Your Granddaddy”! Hilarious!
All in all, it looks like it may be a male winner this year, as there were several powerhouses in the auditions from the three cities. In total, ten contestants were chosen in Atlanta, five was selected in Dallas, and an additional ten were chose in Los Angeles.
Oh wow!! It seems like it came so quick this year, but here we are down to the final two contestants. Elder Goldwire McLendon and LeeAndria Johnson. Let me first say, I really loved the performance by Ledisi and the wonderful Vanessa Bell Armstrong. Goldwire and LeeAndria did their thang. Now LeeAndria got some pipes on her, the way she sung “Running Back To You” was ..I mean..just WOW! And Goldwire with “I Know It Was The Blood”, AMAZING! I am in awe!
They are both so good but for so many different reasons. If it was only up to singing abilities, I think LeeAndria Johnson would win hands down. However, the annointing over Elder Goldwire McLendon is simply amazing and at 79 years old!! I mean simply remarkable. I just don’t know. This is a hard one. What do you guys think?
I am not going to waste your time or mine by going into details about the show..because it all boils down to one man!! All I can say is Elder Goldwire McLendon..GOOD GOD!! Enough said!! See you all next week with the top 3 (Durward Davis, Goldwire McLendon and LeeAndria)!!
So you know by now, that the ultimate goal is to find 20 finalist to contend for the title of Sunday’s Best. In week one, they chose 7 people in Lagos, out of which one would ultimately be chosen to come to the US to contend for the big prize. Five contenders were then chosen from auditions in Detroit, then 5 more from the auditions that aired last week in Philadelphia, so how many came from the “Who Dat” city? I will at least say, this episode was by far the best one yet (at least the one with the most talent shown).
Well, let’s recap…
First up we had the wonderful 21 year old lady who sung “His Eyes is On The Sparrow”, Donnie McClurkin said “No”. Erica and Tina agreed!! So better luck next time.
Then, there was Derrick, singing “I know I’ve Been Changed”..clearly he just wanted to be on TV. I won’t even waste any more energy commenting on that performance.
Donnie and Tina kept it humorous as young Corian came up singing no other than Donnie McClurkin’s “We Fall Down”. Tina, simply said “I’m gonna go with a NO on trying something else”. Donnie just replied “Why my song?”
Okay so where is the talent..
Then came Mr. Dathan Thigpen. Definitely a very handsome young man! As he opened his mouth and sung the words..”And thine is the Kingdom and the Power and the Glory”, you could feel the anointing. Tina said he was “Fantastic”. Erica and Donnie agreed. Donnie just noted that he was too old to be wearing jeans with holes in them!!
Then up was a nice choir that traveled all the way from Mississippi together to see if some members of their ministry would be the next Sunday’s Best. I thought there was a small chance for Ashton Samuels, who sung “O How I love Jesus” when Erica said “Yes”. But unfortunately, Tina and Donnie said no. So sorry for the choir that no one from their group made it.
Then there was Tiffany. She blew me away singing, ”I know I’ve Changed”, Tina said “You are a beast!”, She is the one to watch out for!! DEFINITELY!!
The feel good story of the episode goes to LeeAndria, “This is the day that the lord has made”, Lost her house, everything was put in bags, came , Erica, Tina, and Donnie, Erica said her heart, passion, voice and anointing. Tina said this is the best she has seen since they been there!!!
Tawanna Tarbin was up next!! She was good too!! She sung “Yes, Jesus loves me”. And did a great job. Look out for her!
And the final contestants were:
Jontae Thomas, who lost everything during Hurricane Katrina, but said that she still have her children and husband! She sung “I’ve Got So Much to Thank God For”. The judges loved the precision of her voice, Erica said, it was “Just great!!”. Tina agreed!!
Martha Burries, sung “The Lord’s Prayers”, and she sanggggg that thing!! She sounded good, she was there with her sister. They lost their mother in August!! Martha said she could feel her mother’s presence during her audition, and that helped her make it through.
Cameron Turner, sung “How Great Thou Art”, liked her voice but they didn’t think she had the entire package.
Troy Lee, with his blond bun, sung “The Lord’s Prayers”, he had a very very big voice but not right for them. I have to admit it, I don’t know what I was expecting him to sound like, but he did surprise me.
Franklin Davis IV, Erica said you can really sing, but all the other stuff got on their nerves. Gave him a second chance, he sung “Jesus Loves Me” and guess what? He is gonna put on his Sunday’s Best.
Britany Deer (sp?), the Sunday school teacher impressed the judges. Erica, said her presentation seems pure and honest, thought her sound was a little more R & B like, but nevertheless she is putting on her Sunday’s Best!!
Vernell Payton Jr., tried out 2 times before, he sung “Jesus is love”, and what can I say, the 3rd time is the charm!!
Then they announced the winner who is coming back to the US from the auditions in Nigeria. Out of the 7 finalists….they are bringing back..Fummi Oduyemi 26 years old, she sung “I sing because I am Happy, that is the one Kim Burrell challenged!! She needs to thanks Kim Burrell for that victory!! See you next week!!