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

Sunday-BestThe show that gave us Y’Anna Crawley and Jessica Reedy is back for another season. BET’s singing competition, Sunday Best, kicked off auditions in Lagos, Nigeria.

Kirk Franklin was back as host and was as lively and entertaining as always. The Nigeria auditions featured some new judges. Donnie McClurkin will be joining the show as a permanent judge. Kim Burrell and Muyiwa Olarewaju, a Nigerian Gospel artist, served as guest judges for this location.

I can’t honestly say that there was a wealth of talent in Nigeria. There were only about 4-6 people that moved on to the next round. I noticed a couple of borderline contestants that could have made it to the next round, but the judges were definitely hard on some contestants.

Muyiwa Olarewaju was the most selective of all the judges. I had to do a double take and make sure that I wasn’t watching Simon Cowell from American Idol.  I think he was selective because he wanted to make sure that anyone representing Nigeria was a high quality singer.  I can’t fault him too much for that.

Here are a couple of memorable quotes from the first episode:

“Sunday Best is about singing, not mime.” Muyiwa Olarewaju

“You don’t wear shoes like that and be timid.” -Kim Burrell

“Did you come here to sing?” Muyiwa Olarewaju

“People call me Kirk”
A contestant said this to Kirk Franklin before his audition. I must admit, he did look like a Nigerian version of Kirk Franklin.

“Don’t do this again.” Donnie McClurkin said this to a contestant after singing “He Touched Me.”

I don’t think any of the Nigerian contestants that made it to the next round will be the front-runner to win the entire competition, but you never know.

Did you watch the first episode? What are your thoughts about it?

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  • Tone

    I can’t for the life of me understand why the Gospel world can not accept someone with a style outside of a Marvin Sapp run or a Clark-Sister Growl. I for one am a true lover of music and the art form of beautiful voice. They did the same thing to Rance Allen back in his day because when he came out he had soul and didn’t sound like your average Gospel Quartet from the backwoods of Mississippi.

    The Gospel Industry needs to grow up! Their are so many artists out that are not even all that good voice wise, but because their singing his Praises,, we push them on through. And most gospel artists can’t sing unless they do a run or some type of dip.

    Real Singing is what Shirely Ceaser, Andrae Crouche, Rance Allen and the Winans represent. They had beautiful voices and you didn’t care to hear a run.

    And as far as Jessica Reedy is concerned, she was singing R&B before this competition even began. It does not mean her heart is not with God,, but maybe she is to much for the Gospel world. At least in yall eyes

    That is all

  • matthew5and9

    Are all singers expected to do runs and riffs. Will this be the expectation of the season? I enjoyed the season 2 finalists of Jessica Reedy, Latice Crawford, Zebulon Ellis, and Y’anna Crawley. They all will do well in some area of gospel music. It’s great to have different kinds of artists out there who aren’t cookie cutter shapes of other artist we have.

    One thing about the Nigeria episode was the resilience of some who were turned away. They said I’m going to keep on singing gospel music as that is what I am called to do. Will I give up on my passion even when people tell me no? Is my passion or gifting really in this area I’m following? I started asking myself these things while watching this episode.

  • harmony

    I have watched all three seasons of Sunday Best. I have never shouted and felt the spirit move as I did while watching the first episode. OMG we are truly in for our spirits beign ministered to by annointed individuals. My sould truly needed that this evening. Kirk thank you for your vision and being obeident to the calling of God for the work of your live.

  • Johnsie

    I loved the show tonight!!!! I loved Leandria and Elder Goldwire!!! Amen, amen, amen and amen again! I can’t wait until next week if it is anything like the anointing in that place tonight! Thank you to all who have anything at all to do with Sunday Best! It is what the nation needs…

  • Yvi

    Yes! Yes! Yes!

    I loved the show as well. Elder Goldwire is well know in Philadelphia and you still haven’t heard him at his best yet-I have been to programs where he was a guest soloist and you haven’t heard anything yet. He is a humble, annointed man and well loved by those of us who know him.

  • Pcjd

    I enjoyed last night so much. The favor of God on Elder Goldwire’s life brought tears to my eyes. No offense Tone’ and Matthew, but you must have missed an episode because they were turning people away left and right for riffing too much and doing to many runs. They were looking for the spirit of God to come through the voice. When you sing gospel, you are ministering not just singing and that is what they were looking for. And no they are not looking for people who look a certain way. The woman who lost all she had and came in flip flops was accepted, not to mention the man with the mohawk who they allowed to sing a second song, he was accepted.

  • http://OMGANOINTED!!!!!! Calvin Earl

    Isaiah 10:12-13 says,12 When the Lord has finished all his work on Mount Zion and on Jerusalem, he will punish the speech of the arrogant heart of the king of Assyria and the boastful look in his eyes. 13 For he says:

    “By the strength of my hand I have done it,
    and by my wisdom, for I have understanding;
    I remove the boundaries of peoples,
    and plunder their treasures;
    like a bull I bring down those who sit on thrones.

  • diuto

    i honestly , honestly think that the last winner ,y’anna crawley did not merit it. Erica and tina obviousely favoured the second runner-up and eliminated all other good ones with the hope that when matched with y’anna, jessica wins, but people did not like her. so the only option was y’anna. i hope this seasons’ will be done right.
    As for the nigerian contestant, she did not do a good job, but i know she’ll have more to offer if given another chance.
    Now, its high time a man (spirit filled)won this, or is it a ladies’ show.
    So far Christy eikan is still the sunday best as far as i’m/we are concerned.

  • Tina

    I have been watching Sunday Best since it first started, and I remember an episode in Season 1 when Crystal Aiken sang, and the presence of God filled the place. The same thing happened with Shari Addison. There was something going on with her daughter, and when she danced, I danced. That did not really occur in Season 2. But this first epsiode of Season 3 has been one to knock your socks off! Baby, Leandrea and Eld. Goldwire blessed my soul so. I watched it at work and wanted to holla, but couldn’t. So, I watched it at home 3 times and was free in Jesus! Can’t wait til this Sunday.

  • Regina

    My God My God..Elder Goldwire has really blessed my soul. That man brought me to tears.Lord Keep using him, because what a gift.

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