Down to the last two women standing and the stage is live. Host Kirk Franklin bombards the set with his lusty performance of "Declaration (This Is It)". As part of his act, dancers display their acrobatic skills through feats of somersaults, back flips, and cartwheels. While the viewers are gawking at the inventor of gospel R&B and company, the previous 18 contestants and the two final contestants join Franklin and crew on stage.
The final two, Crystal Aikin (Minister of Song) and Shari Addison (the judges’ wild card) are the last to enter the stage. However, as they stroll on stage hand in hand, both humble and confident, they are making a statement: Though we are contenders, we are sisters.
The special guest for the grand finale of BET’s Sunday Best is gospel artist Yolanda Adams. She captivates the audience with her melodious voice as she sings one of her hits, "Open Up My Heart."
Shari Addison starts off singing "Talk It Over With Jesus." She looks absolutely magnificent in her formal attire, dazzling make-up, and auburn coils of hair. Elegance and class define the image she projects tonight. This is her season without a doubt. Whether she receives the title of BET’s Sunday Best or not, we will be hearing from her soon.
Next up is Crystal Aikin singing "We Acknowledge You." As always, she moves the audience to their feet with her robust vocals. She is a passionate singer who has liberating power in her voice. Her performances are lively and compel the viewers to join in her praise. It’s been said before: "She WILL have her own recording contract; whether God utilizes BET’s Sunday Best as the avenue is yet to be determined." This statement still holds true.