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

Sunday's Best Season 3

The third episode of BET’s Sunday’s Best kicked off in the city of Brotherly Love, yes that’s right, PHILLYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!! The regular judges Donnie McClurkin and Tina Campbell were there. Kim Burrell was back sitting in for Erica Campbell, who is very much pregnant with a son and was not in attendance.

First off, did you see the guy with the dummy?..Major no no!! There were a lot of good singers overall. Many people forgot the words, which makes me feel bad because if given the chance, they may actually be really good singers..but it is a competition and if you can’t remember the words at this stage then it doesn’t make sense for you to move on to the actual show where you sing a different song every week!!

Bethany Divine did a good job. She sung “Soon I Will Be Done With The Troubles of This World”. I think it will be nice to see her again. I was highly surprised by the voice that came out of the woman from Bulgaria (Maria). She was really good!! Another good singer was the brother Davon. He sang Mary Mary’s Yesterday. The judges loved him!! So no surprise Donnie McClurkin told him to put on his Sunday’s Best!!! Singer Orlando Wright did a good job but that is no surprise given he has been in stage plays and sung background for some leading gospel artists. Then there was my favorite performance of the night, 10 year old Kimani. He sung “Blessed Assurance” and I was left in awe. Too bad he is too young for the competition but I have no doubt we will be seeing a lot of him. Finally, did you see Elder McClendon!! No really, did you see him!! I almost fell out of the chair when he said he was 79 years old. He looks GREAT for his age. He was truly awesome and I look forward to seeing him as well…Well see you next week for another update!

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!!

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