This episode (August 12, 2012, Episode 8 ) deserves a little text message lingo…So, here it goes. All I can say is OMG!!! I was sitting on the edge of my seat SMH. The show was so intense. I couldn’t believe the outcome and I know the judges lost some hair over this one…I think I lost some too. LOL! My heart dropped when our energetic host, Kirk Franklin, announced that Ms. Kizzy Walker and Ashford Sanders were leaving the show, especially after Mr. Ashford had everyone vibe’n to his very soulful version of “Make Me Better Lord”. And then, Ms. Kizzy, who sung “Keep Your Head to The Sky”, stepped out of her comfort zone and showed her ability to master other techniques. We are very sad to see them go. They brought a powerful flavor to the competition.
So, now as the intensity grows, the remaining contestants are going to have to sing with a conviction that completely expresses the condition of their hearts. They must exhibit the ability to use their voice to convey how passionate they are about music. The judges are looking for singing that, because of its pureness and therapeutic like quality, heals the listeners soul. Like Joshua Rodges, who sung “The God In Me”, who was full of energy and a beast on stage.
And, Ms. Alexis Spight, who sung “Ain’t Gone Let Nobody Turn Me Around”, showed excellent control and was unique in style and put her signature on this song. Pastor Michael Lampkin, who followed Alexis, sung “Hello Fear” and stretched himself by venturing out to try another style of music, not typical of his voice style, and delivered it remarkably. And last, but not least, Ms. Danetra Moore, who looked beautiful, came out and song a very soft ballad, made famous by the late great Whitney Houston, “I Look To You”, was very powerful and showed incredible vocal ability.
So fans, all the judges agree that season five has been the toughest season ever. As quoted by all the judges, our remaining contestants are all singing on the same plateau. It is simply amazing how they all have exhibited professional skill and control in each and every song. They all seem to sing with passion and anointing. However, only ONE can be crowned ‘Sunday Best’. Okay, so the meter has been set and the standard raised. Next, week the remaining contestants will have to BRING IT and I’m not talking about something rehearsed…but they’re going to have to come from a place embedded in their souls.
Written by L.Rachelle Staley, singer, songwriter, author and blogger @LRachelleStaley