From twenty thousand applicants to ten thousand auditions…then from five hundred to fifty…then from twenty to ten…and now there are EIGHT!! Wow! What a transition. Many have Facebooked and Tweeted over all the details of last week’s show, and we all were very hopeful about this week’s show. Kirk Franklin is still confident that in Season Five one of the fellas will be crowned ‘Sunday Best’…however, it remains to be seen.
The contestants had a week to prepare themselves for this week’s competition. The show kicked off with JJ Hairston and Youthful Praise. They warmed up the stage enthusiastically. Then, all the judges were ushered into church mode by Michael Lampkin’s churchy delivery. Next, the stage was graced with the soft elegance of Sara Escamilla who sang a sweet melody that lulled the hearts of the judges and the audience. After that, we were astounded by a powerful performance given by Joshua Rodgers, a.k.a. “Young Buck”, who, yet again, amazed the judges with his skill, power, and anointing.
Then Brian Luther gave his soulful rendition of “Walk with Me Lord.” The judges advised him to give more and stretch his notes. He was followed by Danetra Moore who gave a strong performance but was advised, by Donnie McClurkin, to take control of her song. Afterwards, the stage was wowed by Ashford Sanders, who worked the stage with skill and anointing as he sang “Millions” — a song made popular by the Winan’s. Kirk Franklin, with a very comedic demeanor, told Sanders that his song was so good it made him itch!! Now that’s powerful! Lastly, not to forget Alexis Spight and Kizzy Walker who were also adamant…they too gave great performances.
This is definitely not a ‘rock, paper, scissors’ kind of contest. The bar has been placed and the standard set. The judges are looking for power, anointing, and skill. From each contestant, they want to hear a testimony through the words and melody of the songs performed. Contestants have been advised to “Sing from a place that speaks of their passion and walk with Christ.”
Ms. Kim Burrell, vocal mentor, also advises the remaining to be confident and chase harder after the goal. And with that being said, we say goodbye to two of the last week’s ten: Keith Ball and Jeremy Hill. You have done well…nevertheless, the show continues. So, if you’re sitting on the edge of your seat…lean back! We still have Eight singers singing…and at this moment, it’s safe to say that, Now! It’s a competition!!
Written by LRachelle Staley, singer, songwriter, author and blogger @LRachelleStaley