Gospel Music Competition Sunday Best Names Winner
I was sooo excited about the Sunday Best finale! Twitter was good to go and even my kiddies were pumped up.
I’m going to start off with my feelings about the ending of the show. It was wack!! When the winner was announced there was no excitement, no confetti, no nothing. Maybe because the show was taped in such a tight time period the final contestants were a bit tired. Not to mention they taped two endings, so it was probably a bit hard to feign excitement two times.
With that being said, I still enjoyed the show. Things started off with Kirk Franklin talking about the Lincoln MKS the winner would receive. They went and sat in the car and played around with the built in GPS system that I really, really need in my car. Then Donald Lawrence lit up the stage with one of my favorites, “Back To Eden”. I loved the performance!
Then the final two, Jessica and Y’Anna, sung New Edition’s “Can You Stand the Rain”. I’m still thinking about that song choice and I still don’t quite get it, but they sounded wonderful on the song. They blended perfectly. Y’Anna was a bit hoarse throughout the show, but she worked around it and still did a great job. Jessica’s vocals were spot on to me. She has such a pretty voice.
Next Y’Anna did a good job on a very popular Donald Lawrence song, “Encourage Yourself”. Jessica had me just staring at the tv screen in total silence during her version of “I Surrender All”, and she had BeBe Winans and Erica in tears. Her version was perfectly done. I gonna have to go back and watch that on the DVR.
After Jessica took everybody “there”, BeBe and CeCe took the stage and reminded everybody why they are loved the world over for their gospel music. They sung “Close To You”, new gospel music from their upcoming album. You can hear it at the BeBe and CeCe myspace. It was great to see them singing together again. After they sung, Kirk Franklin had everybody in stitches giving his critique of their performance.
Then it was time to announce the 2009 Sunday Best winner. After some suspense on Kirk Franklin’s part, Y’Anna Crawley was announced as the winner. I was waiting for tears, waving arms, running around the stage, something. But…. the moment everyone was waiting for was kinda lackluster. It put a damper on things for me, maybe because I was thinking about the last finale with Shari & Crystal which had way more excitement.
Y’Anna’s closing song was “I Promise”, the first single from her upcoming CD. As she was singing, my hubby said, “Is she lip-synching?”. When I looked closer I could see that she was holding the mic closer than normal to her mouth. I’m holding out hope that she wasn’t. Because if she was, the ending was more wack that I thought. Anyway it’s a good song and many people twittered that it sounded like a Brandy track.
I loved this years Sunday Best in spite of the missing confetti. I’m so happy for Y’Anna because she worked hard and saw it through until the end. I’m happy for Jessica because even though she didn’t win she won the hearts of many with her beautiful smile, sweet spirit and tender voice. I look forward to both their projects and their contributions to the gospel music world.
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