“Sunday Best” is premiering its eighth season with a new format that the show’s executive producer and host, Kirk Franklin, says is giving people a second chance to accomplish their dreams.
Singers who previously appeared on the BET gospel music competition “Sunday Best” are getting a chance to come back for another season. Instead of witnessing an audition process, fans of the show voted for the songsters they wanted to see return for an opportunity to sing their way to a record deal on the televised gospel music competition.
“It’s all about giving people second chances,” said Franklin, the 45-year-old veteran host and executive producer of ‘Sunday Best’ to The Christian Post. “We just thought it would be really cool this season for people to have another opportunity to get close to their dreams. How many people don’t get that opportunity? It turned out to be an incredible idea that the people really gravitated to.”
While Franklin is returning to executive produce and host the show, singer Kim Burrell will mentor the talent, while gospel stars Donnie McClurkin, Yolanda Adams and Kierra Sheard judge the contestants.
Sheard, a 28-year-old gospel music singer who’s returning for a second season, told CP that she could identify with the contestants who are grateful for a second opportunity to appear on “Sunday Best.”
“First of all, coming back was like me making the cut. It was almost like the first time doing ‘Sunday Best’ was an audition,” Sheard explained. “I was just seeing if it would work. At the same time it meant so much to me because it was a dream come true.”
People are accustomed to seeing Sheard as a singer, but serving as a judge on the show, she said, is giving her an opportunity to show the world her Christ character.
“When you’re able to critique people and correct people in a loving way, that’s when you can show people and welcome more people in with love. I think that’s really what this new age church is looking for,” Sheard told CP. “It meant more to me than just getting on there and getting [social media] followers. All of that was a blessing, but it challenged me to just display to the world the love of Christ while helping someone who is on the same journey that I’ve been on.”
Contestants who are returning to the show are bringing a new energy into their performances the second time around, according to Franklin, who insisted the new “Sunday Best” format will be even more entertaining for fans.
“When anybody gets a second chance the intensity is always high and their energy, intensity and ‘A game’ is on a whole other level,” Franklin said. “I think you’ll be able to experience that this season. You’ll feel the energy of people coming back for the second time which makes for a great show.”
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SOURCE: The Christian Post