BET Sunday Best Season IV finalists Andrea Helms (left) and Amber Bullock (right).
Quickly becoming one of America’s favorite new voices and one of Gospel music’s most underrated talents, Amber Bullock just took home the grand prize on Sunday evening’s two-hour, star-studded finale of the hit singing competition and worldwide franchise BET Sunday Best. Now headed toward it’s fifth consecutive season, the show takes the world’s best, brightest and unheard of voices in Gospel music and gives them the platform to sing everything from the classics to the contemporary tunes heard around the globe.
Tonight’s finale wouldn’t have been entirely complete without a plethora of guest appearances, special performances, musical tributes and on-air surprises. Opening the show with a bang, urban Gospel’s Lecrae gave the show street credibility with his current brand of “Holy Hip Hop.” Also appearing on stage were all three of the Sunday Best prior seasons’ winners – Crystal Aikin (Season I), Y’Anna Crawley (Season II) & LeAndria Johnson (Season III) – each of whom took on the massive musical tribute in the form of a stellar medley honoring Mahalia Jackson’s legacy. Following the new leading ladies of Gospel were legends Pastor Shirley Caesar plus Rance Allen & The Rance Allen Group. Former BET Sunday Best judge Yolanda Adams premiered her new single from her long-awaited new project and both VaShawn Mitchell and Trinitee 5:7 duo Chanel & Angel also performed. Surprise guest Angie Stone (R&B/soul singer/songwriter) was also given the mic for a brief moment to perform her hit “Brotha” dedicated to men of color everywhere.
Now, in the two-hour runtime of the Season IV finale, we really only heard Amber Bullock and runner-up Andrea Helms (37, of Dallas, TX) sing “live” three times before the end of the show. Each performed a medley of perfectly arranged songs of praise and worship. Early into Bullock’s opening set, which included the new worship anthem “How Great is Our God” and a stunning rendition of Kurt Carr’s choir classic “For Every Mountain,” many knew the competition was officially over. Helms’ featured set was full of the anointing as well, with “Because of Who You Are” and “The Heavens are Telling” shining throughout the medley. Coming together for one of the season’s only featured duets, the ladies gave an awesome acoustic and sonically superb performance of the contemporary Gospel hit “Moving Forward.”
Just before the big announcement came introspective interview segments featuring the touching testimony from LeAndria Johnson who later premiered the new single “Jesus” from her debut album “The Awakening of LeAndria Johnson” (in stores now). If you missed the interview, the testimony and the live performance, trust us when we say it ministered to millions and let us all know that even when we fall short of the glory of God, redemption and forgiveness is still possible even for those we lay claim to be “stars.”
BET Sunday Best judges (from left) Donnie McClurkin, Kirk Franklin (host) and Tina & Erica Campbell (of MaryMary).
As for the big moment when Amber Bullock was announced as the winner, we reminded once again of the prizes including a national recording contract with Music World Gospel, a cash prize and a brand new Ford Explorer – North America’s car of the year. Congratulations once again to our new winner Amber Bullock (we can’t wait to hear your debut album) and to the other contestants who brought their “Sunday Best” all season long! See you next year!
So now that you know who the winner is, we’ve got a few questions to ask you.
- Did you vote at any point during Season IV of BET Sunday Best? If so, when and for whom? If not, why?
- Are you satisfied with the winner/finalists results?
- What was your favorite moment on the big finale show?
- Were you following BET Sunday Best on Twitter or Facebook during the show at any point for live commentary & fan updates?
- What did you think of this year’s surprise guests – Jill Scott, Angie Stone, Chrisette Michele, Kierra Sheard, Smokie Norful, etc.?
- What would you do differently in Season V?
- Will you or have you auditioned for the show?
- Do you plan to purchase or have you purchased any of the BET Sunday Best winners’ albums, including the forthcoming release from this year’s winner Amber Bullock?
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