BET Sunday Best: Latice Crawford got robbed

sundaybestAfter watching the latest episode of BET’s Sunday Best, I am left completely confused. Latice Crawford, Y’Anna Crawley and Jessica Reedy were all brought back for Episode 9 because the judges could not decide between them.

They were each given the same song to sing for this episode, Yes Jesus Loves Me. It would be fair for all of us to assume that since they were viewed equally, that this performance would be the deciding factor on who gets eliminated.

In my humble opinion, Latice Crawford got absolutely robbed. Her performance was far and away better than the other two contestants. She should be moving on to the finale, but she got eliminated instead. I know I’m not an multi-award winning gospel artist like the judges, but on that night Latice Crawford was better than Jessica Reedy and Y’Anna Crawley.

As a result of what I heard and saw, I am left to believe that the decision was not solely based on who had the best rendition of Yes Jesus Loves Me. I know the judges took other things into account. I’m pretty sure they prayed and sought God for an answer. I’m also fairly confident that they thought about how each contestant would fit into the industry.

I can’t say I fault them for any of these reasons. However, if that is the case, then why did they bring all three contestants back in the first place? Why didn’t they just eliminate Latice last week? Was the decision based around programming? Did they need to make sure that a certain number of episodes aired?

Let me just throw this out there. Coming into Episode 9, Latice Crawford was not my favorite contestant. I continue to believe that Jessica Reedy will win the whole thing.

If you twisted my arm, I would have told you that I thought it was Y’Anna Crawley’s time to go. I still believe that no matter who matter who wins, the Lord has blessed gospel music with minimally three new artists and maybe more.

Y’Anna Crawley, Latice Crawford and Jessica Reedy are all extremely gifted. I am looking forward to seeing what God does in each one of their lives in the months to come.

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  • Deirdre

    I agree…Latice was ROBBED….She did sing “Yes, Jesus loves me,” better than the other 2, AND in general her songs/voice were good throughout the series….I’m mad that they ELIMINATED her without jus. She SANG that song, and most def should have moved on. Jessica will probably win because A’yanna keeps scatting in her songs and is not thoroughly singing, but I don’t think Jessica has the “pipes….(wind) to be a powerful gospel singer. She stays in her “lane,” as BeBe said, and that’s ok…but it’s NOT, in my opinion what a “Sunday’s Best.” singer does.

  • http://thegospelblog.com Clifton Holmes

    Y’Anna scatting…lol.

    I don’t think they are looking for the best pure singer. I think they are looking for a complete artist who will both minister and entertain. It feels like they are looking for someone who is marketable and will have a large appeal. I’m not sure whether I agree with that or not.

  • Erica

    Latice is SUNDAY best! Jessica will probably win, because its easy to see that they are looking for the most marketable person. But if its up to America now, i say vote for Y’anaa! She’s the closest to Sunday best since Latica is gone!

  • swEEtladyDEE

    Jessica, sweetie I have been reading alot of negative things on different blogs even on the Sunday Best message boards..The first time I heard “I’m Still Here” it was you singing and it ministered to me..The devil is busy, he attacked my health, I lost my home, my job and because of the recession I am just barely making it..You are not going to PLEASE everyone..So just PLEASE the only one that matters and that is GOD…Be encouraged!! “I’M STILL HERE” is my new testimony…GOD BLESS YOU SIS !!!! You have been consistent this entire time throughout the competition, PLEASE do not let what people are saying break your spirit…YOU did not make the decision of who was going to be in the finale….BUT based on your performances every week…YOU deserve to be there….KEEP YOUR HEAD UP !!!!!! and GOOD LUCK !!!!

  • Rhonda

    I picked Y’Anna and Jessica as my two finalist weeks ago. And I’ve dreaded this day of having to choose between the two. They are both wonderful vocalist. How can you choose? Although I must say Y’Annas “Grandmas Hand” took the cake. When I think of Y’Anna, I think of that song. Because of that one song that still touches my heart when I think about it, I will be voting for Y’Anna.

  • http://yahoo.com shirley

    i liked all three young ladies but i think jessica has something special, i have liked her since the auditions she is smooth and her voice just minsters to you they all were good but my vote goes to jessica ,good luck.

  • Akana

    This year is the year for change. Gospel is ready for Jessica. She is awesome. The makes gospel cool for the younger generation. I will buy her cd as soon as it comes out. I love the support she has from her brother in the audience. He loves his sister! Jessica you are the best that is out there. I am tired of all the hollering. I am ready for a change and YOU ARE IT! From Highland Park

  • TLS

    Wow! I love the concept of Sunday Best but I just wish they had different judges. Some actual A&R executives would be better in my opinion and just keep Kirk on as host (he is a NUT!) with Be Be and Mary Mary as musical guests. Be Be just seems to be there for the publicity and Mary Mary just comes off as nit picky and very hard to please – particularly Erica. Seeing them in this role does not help their “likeability” factor at all…Anyway, I agree about Latice being robbed. I was shocked when she got eliminated, but after thinking about it, it did seem that she lost some of the sparkle and focus that she had in the earlier shows. I think she may have gotten caught up in some image issues because she cut off her locs and changed up her style a little. Maybe it clouded her focus a little, who knows? Still, she should have been in the final two. Regardless, she is a gorgeous, talented and anointed sister who I look forward to hearing more about in the future. The last two ladies are special as well and I wish them well also, especially Jessica. She is original and will bring a new jazz sound to gospel.

  • cherry

    well yannie did it…………she is Sunday best

  • http://none sandra

    I am trying to find out who sings the song Y’anna song “The Promise” can someone please tell me?

    Thanks

  • Brandi

    Jessica is a beautiful woman with a beautiful humble spirit and God has truly annointed her voice. She has healing and restoration in that voice and although Y’anna can “sing” I feel that Latice and Jessica were annointed to minister through their voices. So although Y’anna won I think that the other two will skyrocket just because God is truly in it with them, it is not a performance for them but ministry and those that are called to ministry will be the ones standing in the end. So in the end congratulations Y’anna but I will not be buying anything that you create, I am waiting on Jessica’s cd because I know that God is leading her and her music is not her own but truly the “trumpet” of God. Be blessed.
    P.S. If you think about it all the greats had to come from behind and our most recent example of that is Jennifer Hudson, although she is not in the gospel realm yet she is also called and God is giving her FAVOR despite the fact that she isn’t using it for him. So keep your head up Jessica your season is around the corner.

  • Robin

    Jessica Reedy should be very proud of her accomplishments. God has great plans for her and her son. Her gift of singing and minstering will be shared with the world. I can’t wait for her first CD to drop. I have nothing against the Latice or A’yanna but Jessica had that gift of touching my soul each Sunday and would move me to tears. Look at the effect she had on BeBe on Sunday night – he was speechless. I think that the final two should have been Latice and Jessica but both will prevail – look back at American Idol when the world shut out Jennifer Hudson and she has done more than all that has won. The old cliche when God is for you, who can be against you still stands strong. Jessica you are a winner and I won’t say you were robbed but the best singer wasn’t selected for Sunday Best.

  • http://YAHOO CHERYLL MARTIN

    In my opinion, Latice got robbed. This is the same position I was in last year when my pick was Sherri. I jokingly told friends and family, next year I wasn’t going to have a pick because they seem to loose. I was extremely disappointed with this year’s Sunday’s Best. In trying to judge like the panel I was looking first for the anointing within (sincerity), vocal performance, stage presence, projection, market ability and staying power (how much
    can your voice take). Granted you give consideration for the long rehearsal hours and
    performances, soooo by all appearances and performance of the final two, even with their awesome performances, their voices didn’t hold out, Latice Crawford’s voice and delivery and power remained consistent.

    Now, if you look at the song performed by the last three contestants (assigned or their choice) again in my opinion Latice’s songs were songs that you could only do so much with. A’yanna and Jessica’s songs were selections that you could work all over the place. And JESUS LOVES ME, omgosh Latice bought the anointing down with her performance. I don’t know, I’m not in any form trying to take anything away from the final two but there just seemed to be something so wrong with that decision. It was the hot topic on all the social networks and I was relieved to find the majority of folks agreed with me that Latice Crawford was robbed. I’ll tell you what, I would buy her music right now if it was on cassette, 8 track, wax or a cd. I want whatever she has ready right now and there are many others that feel that way, talk about marketing ability, someone better get her under contract right now because this Lady has a fan base. I congradulate A’yanna and God Bless Jessica, and I pray for great success with their future endeavors. I keep in mind how Jennifer Hudson rose to fame and feel the same success may be in store for Latice Crawford. The bottom line is that there can only be one winner and I will humbly agree to disagree and respect that as well as respectfully look forward to Sunday’s Best next season.

  • Lisa

    Order My Steps… Now who was robbed again???

  • STEPHANIE

    LOVE ALL OF THEM!

  • BITTY RFCU

    Yes I agree that Latice was robbed of the title of the SUNDAY`S BEST. I think that from the very beginning of HER performances, all three judges were very negative, speechless, or just could not say anything at all because her performance was so great and anointed, It was a blessing to hear because the presence of the Lord was truly on her, but on the other hand when Jessica performed they all acted like she was the best thing that ever sang, they praised her, stood up, shouted, just really encouraged her and she did not sound half-as-good as Latice or Yanna but, I came to learn that all three judges really don`t know the difference between the noise and the anointed. Not taking anything from Jessica, she has a great voice, she`s pretty, but she was not ready for this competion compared to the rest of the singers I really think that the judges got caught up with her being a single Mother and her cry-baby spirit. I wanted her to make it too because she is so young but lets judge fair!!! My opinion is that she should have been voted off since the night John mcClure got voted off. But I`m glad that Y`anna won. She was the next best singer, but to all them congratulations to all of you ~~!!!! May God Bless each of you with a recording contract. p.s. BeBe what was up with that fake crying during Jessica`s performance. You must have been listening to the NOISE not the Words BECAUSE THAT WAS NOT HER BEST PERFORMANCE AT ALL . I pray that they will get better judges on the next SUNDAY`S BEST!!!!!!!!! to GOD be the glory!!!!!

  • becky

    Well………. in my opinion I am so happy Y’anna won. She is clearly Sunday’s Best. Grandma’s Hand OH MY! If she had not won I would have stop viewing the the show. Latrice was ok, Whitney Houston SHE IS NOT.Jessica was ok. In fact latrice should have won over her. Bebe & Cece what a blessing they are.

  • MARILYN

    Latice was definitely ROBBED big time. Y’anna was awesome when she sang grandma’s hand however she dropped the ball in the sing off. The finals should have been Latice and Jessica. God is still in control it was Y’anna time no matter how one feel and we must respect GOD’s decision. Latice and Jessica season will truly come. Sunday’s Best exposed Jessica and Latice and I am blessed to have heard the two ladies. Their music will sell due to their UNIQUENESS. We can add Sultry & Jazzy to our gospel collection. Yes, I said it God is just not one dimension. I am referring to a style of music.

  • http://Google Jasmine

    I love Y’anna Crawley and im glad she won and instead of the 2 finalists being Yanna and Jessica it shouldve been Yanna and Latice!!!

  • Pastor Brown

    Ms Crawford should have won hands down, make no mistake about it. The other singers either screamed or sang like night club singers. Do you really want to know the rest of the story as to what happened? It was pure jealousy. Latrice out classed, out sang, out looked, (beautiful lady) every thing that moved on that stage. Her anointing was much stronger and powerful. The world saw Jesus in her. The judges (not BeBe) could not believe what they were seeing and hearing and tried to put her under their feet. Ms Crawford knows who she is in Christ and so does the world, thus no Devil in Hell can take that away from her. You have not heard the end from her; she will rise again for no weapon form against her shall prosper.

  • Stephanie j.

    I agree with Pastor Brown 100%,it was jealousy.what else could it be.On BET showing sunday repeat and when i see Latrice left,i still can’t belive it so internet what people think and to see if she(latrice)has a cd out.

  • herman

    yes latice got robbrd

  • San

    Now, Now, I Know if you have two ears and they are both working – then you already know that Latice was the winner from the beginning. There is no excuse, she was robbed by God’s children. I was truly hur. Sunday’s Best should exemplify “TRUTH”. I was deeply hurt as was a lot of other people. Latice was anointed everytime she sanged. She was so anointed till I culdn’t believe it. The first nite, I rewind, because I thought, no one could be that anointed. I also already know that she will be blessed.

  • San

    Now, Now, I Know if you have two ears and they are both working – then you already know that Latice was the winner from the beginning. There is no excuse, she was robbed by God’s children. I was truly hurt. Sunday’s Best should exemplify “TRUTH”. I was deeply hurt as was a lot of other people. Latice was anointed everytime she sanged. She was so anointed till I couldn’t believe it. The first nite, I rewind, because I thought, no one could be that anointed. I also already know that she will be blessed. Just you wait and see! I know we’re gonna see more of her somewhere up the road.

  • PATRICIA

    YES, SHE WAS DEFINITELY ROBBED AS THE “WINNER” OF SUNDAY BEST! GOD’S ANOINTING WAS ALL OVER THAT YOUNG LADY!AND WHEN SHE OPENED HER MOUTH, IT WAS ALL OVER! BUT ITS LIKE THIS, GOD HAD SOMETHING BETTER IN STORED FOR LATICE, JUST WATCH AND WITNESS GOD’S WORK!

  • Angelina2060

    firat let mwe say Pastor Donn and youlanda were great this season along with tina I also loved kim great touch please never change up on Kik he is great I wish they would something like that with local artist with two or members. now let me tell you the season started off slow but when LeAndria and Elder Goldwire open their mouths it was a done deal iI dont know how I could have chosen from the last three my my GOD is good and i am glad it was you and not me. This year you got it right elder Goldwire is going to be heard as youlanda said if she had to invest and he got a piece of change .Leandrea has a an anoiting that you could feel everytime she opened her mouth and so did elder goldwire we thank God for folk in the industry such as the judges and kirk and kim when we see you give us things that families can watch on tv and hear a word it makes a difference. i have t say last year america got it wrong YAnna won the car but Jessica won the competion I really do believe. May God bless all of you and keep you under his wings of love
    Neisy from Connecticut….

  • Angelina2060

    firat let mwe say Pastor Donn and youlanda were great this season along with tina I also loved kim great touch please never change up on Kik he is great I wish they would something like that with local artist with two or members. now let me tell you the season started off slow but when LeAndria and Elder Goldwire open their mouths it was a done deal iI dont know how I could have chosen from the last three my my GOD is good and i am glad it was you and not me. This year you got it right elder Goldwire is going to be heard as youlanda said if she had to invest and he got a piece of change .Leandrea has a an anoiting that you could feel everytime she opened her mouth and so did elder goldwire we thank God for folk in the industry such as the judges and kirk and kim when we see you give us things that families can watch on tv and hear a word it makes a difference. i have t say last year america got it wrong YAnna won the car but Jessica won the competion I really do believe. May God bless all of you and keep you under his wings of love
    Neisy from Connecticut….

  • Kandyce

    Yes definitely robbed …no disrespect to Y’Anna but Latice and Jessica were better to me! I always hear a voice like Y’Anna in church. Y’Anna has talent but I prefer annointed. To me Latice IS Sunday Best season 2 winner!

  • Pastor1275

    Let me just add my voice as Latice’s dad. In the past we
    did not have programs like ‘Sunday Best’ to expose talent. You had to know
    somebody like James Cleveland or a Milton Biggham (I guess I have the names
    correct with my limited knowledge in the gospel music world) to get into the
    gospel world. While I also disagree with the judge’s decision that night, we
    are yet very joyful. I too, and my daughter who was in the audience also thought
    that Latice would be sent home based on the song sung prior to the sing-off. We
    too, agreed that it was not her best. However, in the sing-off my daughter
    “killed it” and then was sent home. We are a God fearing family and
    we are content. Just so you will know Latice has landed safely and her entire
    family is extremely proud of her to the point we are ‘giddy.” Regardless
    of what the judges thought processes were that night, I will leave it to their
    expertise and conscious, that they did the right thing. Lord knows, I am not a
    judge of music. The only thing my trustee board can agree on, without argument,
    is for me not to sing.  LOL!! Music like
    food is subjective to individual taste. 
    You can roast a chicken and some people will crave over it.  However, others may hate the taste.  The fact remains that they were the judges
    that night and not us.  So, thank you Kirk,
    Erica, Tina and BB for letting the Lord use you that night. To all of you that
    were disappointed, just look for her album and or single in the near future.  Here I am, three years later overwhelmed with
    excitement as to where Latice’s gift and exposure by Sunday Best has taken her.

  • Prince Lloyd

    Why are so many quick to compare others talent.Allot of that is unnecessary. I strongly believe if you stay in the hand of Christ ,what’s for you will come your way.People, there is no need to compare the talent of the ladies.All ladies are blessed regardless.It really grieves me to read the comments when people are constantly doing all that comparison. Let the secular industry fight in that manner,not those who profess to love the Lord.

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