Sunday Best: Sounds Off in Philly

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    It was an interesting journey this week for BET’s Sunday Best, the singing competition in its third season that has gospel music lovers everywhere chatting, as the show made a stop in the City of Brotherly Love. You would think Philadelphia would’ve brought a ton of brothers (and sisters) with great voices, but you might be surprised at the number of contestants who’ve advanced to the next level.

    Philadelphia brought it's Sunday Best this week.

    Philadelphia brought it's Sunday Best this week.

    If you caught the show from this week, you’ll know that is was one filled with lots of laughter. With Kim Burrell back in the hot seat as a guest judge, Tina Campbell (of MaryMary) and Donnie McClurkin, there really wasn’t a dull moment. Tina’s critiques of the contestants were cut throat, something fans of the show are saying is a bit crude.

    Her biggest concern was the contestants she called “amateurs” who were singing and over-expressing themselves in song with excessive use of the “church hands.”

    You’ve seen it time and time again with choirs and singers in your local churches, but it did get out of hand because a few of them looked like they were swatting flies with no fly swatters.

    Following your runs is definitely a no-no, but haven’t we seen even Kim Burrell do this before during some her performances?

    There were some additional moments that had the 1230AM WDBZ team in stitches. We have just one word – leprechaun. (Tune in below and you will soon be rolling on the floor laughing it up right along with us.) Contestants who showed up for the Philly auditions were truly off the chain. Half of them forgot the words and others were doing way too much in the name of Jesus.

    BET Sunday Best guest judge and gospel star Kim Burrell.

    BET Sunday Best guest judge and gospel star Kim Burrell.

    Our priority is supposed to be picking the top vocalists for the show. So far we’re enjoying the rich and raspy tones of our guys David and Da’vaughn and the smooth vocal precision from Bethany who sweetly sang “Troubles of This World.”

    These are just two of the five – yes, only five – contestants out of thousand who auditioned in Philadelphia and advanced to the next phase of the competition. Looks like the show still has long way to go to find this season’s Sunday Best. What did you think? Are you rooting for a guy this time around? What male voices stood out to you?

    As always, BET’s Sunday Best is back with more high praise, comedy and competition. We’ve got the inside scoop, but we want to hear from you, too. To catch up on the latest episode online, visit BET.com/SundayBest or check out the video below.

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