The latest episode of BET’s Sunday Best started off with guest gospel artists Tye Tribbett and the seven finalists singing "No Way." With lights flashing, cameras filming, and the atmosphere glowing with energy, the contestants and Tribbett rip up the stage with their performance.
After the first performance, the show moved on to the elimination process. The viewers have come to expect the eliminations to be at the end of the show, so this capricious change put a different twist on the show, keeping viewers guessing.
Continuing from the previous show, Jermaine Sellers and Emily Gomez were called to the front again by host Kirk Franklin, where they stood hand in hand. Franklin announced they were moving on to the next round, and were safe from eliminations this time. Relief fell over their faces as they returned to their assumed positions.
Next Franklin called Trevon Davis and Janice Collins to the front. Almost trembling, they stood as Franklin thanked them for their participation and sent them on their way with departing gifts for their local church. Stay up, Trevon and Janice, the best is yet to come!
Jermaine Sellers started out with the classic “O Happy Day.” The judges wanted more from him. They didn’t think he put his all into the song. I beg to differ; Jermaine has a coolness about him, screaming and shouting singing just isn’t his style. However, only because it is getting down to the wire, he should shock the viewers and the judges with something different, something that we haven’t had the pleasure of seeing from him. He shouldn’t change his style, just enhance it a little, leaving the spectators anticipating his next move.
Shari Addison graced the audience with the song “Golden.” This title of this song matches her personality. She has a sweet spirit intertwined with a gifted voice. In each of her performances, she has brought something to the stage. She keeps the viewers wondering and unable to predict what she will bring to the table next. Her performances keep progressing and will ultimately lead her to (according to my cousin, Billi Ewing) BET’s Sunday Best.
Emily Gomez sang “What About The Children,” written by BeBe Winans. The judges thought she did a great job. Winans commented that he is glad that his song and her voice met. However, I think that she is starting to lack. I don’t sense that same strong "giving my all" performance. Her performances since last week have been deficient. I think she needs to take it up to that next level or she’ll risk being eliminated. She definitely has the potential, but with the show soon to end, she has to give it her all on a consistent basis.
Crystal Aikin brought the judges to their feet with “Shackles,” a song by Mary Mary (Erica and Tina Campbell, two of the three judges). Crystal sang it with passion and energy, and the crowd loved it! She is a dynamic performer and songstress.
Tasha Collins brought it home with “Ain’t No Stoppin Us Now.” Though she has a great voice and is overflowing with vigor, her performance was lacking. The tiredness in her voice became evident while she sang. However, she still made the song work and pulled it together in spite of her hoarseness. It takes skill of a higher level to achieve that kind of rebound.
By the end of the show five contestants stood, and five contestants will remain until next week. Until then you have the opportunity to vote for whom you think should be named BET’s Sunday Best.