Torrence’s Take On Sunday Best 3, FINALE

Published by Torrence Glenn on Sunday, June 20, 2010 at 8:58 pm.

Finally, my recap on the Sunday Best 3 finale. I don’t know if you remember from last year, but I always get a little “emo” at the last episode of Sunday Best. We know it’s going to end but we still miss it and wish it wouldn’t. Well, here we go!

Hezekiah Walker, LFC and some others opened the show with the mass choir anthem of the last year and a half “Souled Out.” I’m a big fan of this project and this song. You know I love choir moments and this was a great one.

Next up, we take a look back at Leandria Johnson’s Sunday Best journey from the auditions with the flip flops and socks all the way up to the finale. Then Leandria gave us a medley of some of the memorable songs she’s performed this season. She performed “I Love The Lord,” “He Was There All The Time,” and “In The Midst Of It All” and like always it was bananas. I think there’s a calmness that comes for the contestants when they’re no longer singing to compete and they know the outcome is decided so now they can “just” sing. Remember how Y’Anna Crawley from season 2 would twist her face to the right side and you knew at that point that she was about to rip to shreds anything that was left of the song? Well, I think I’ve figured out what Leandria’s signal is. When she lifts up one leg and makes a fist, you can rest assured, she’s about to sing down heaven for all it’s worth! *whoosh*

Next, we got a similar look back with Elder Goldwire McLendon and his Sunday Best journey. His story is still ridiculously inspiring and encouraging. I’m not even 30 yet and there are things I sometimes think I’m too old to do and here is this man, 79 years old pursuing the beginning of a recording artist career. And it’s so about to happen for him. So like Leandria, Elder McLendon went through a medley of his Sunday Best 3 “hits.” “Jesus Loves Me,” “The Battle Is The Lord’s,” and “He’s All Over Me.” I just love to hear this man sing and I submit to you that he is not your average Sunday morning deacon…. There’s something a little extra special about him. *whoosh* AGAIN!

Next up, Donald Lawrence presents the Season 2 Finalists he got to mentor and it was a perfect and classy flashback. Jessica Reedy opens up the medley with “Seasons” and reminded us why we love her SOOOOO VERYYYYY MUCH! How many people do you know in gospel who can give you those kinds of goosebumps with no squalling, growling or screaming?  Sara Williams (Ledisi’s background vocalist and beast in her own right) described Jessica as a “calm storm” and I think that fits perfectly. Then Latice Crawford came and ripped through “Encourage Yourself.” She was in great voice and hollered til times got better! Yes Latice! Then top it all off, season 2 winner Y’Anna Crawley followed with “The Blessing Of Abraham” and she showed exactly why she won.  Y’Anna has so many “colors” and textures in her voice. She’s smooth jazz and church all at the same time. And like we’ve already discussed, when she turns her head, it’s OVER! Then they closed out together with “Let The Word Do The Work.” They’re still gospel’s “Dreamgirls” and the only issue I had with the performance was that it wasn’t long enough. I wanted more!!

Next, this seasons mentor Kim Burrell comes back with a contestant specific version of her classic song “Oh Lord.” …………………………….. —————————- ……………………….. ——————————. Oops Im sorry, that was my head hitting the keyboard and staying on one key, because everytime I watch this performance, I pass out! Just perfect! She reminded us why she’s most singers across ALL genre’s favorite vocalists. Those contestants are better than me, because I would have embarrassed myself on national tv. If Kim Burrell EVER sings my name like she did some of those contestants, I know I’d jump, dance, sing and cry all at the same time.

Finally, the moment we waited all season for. We find out that the Sunday Best Winner is Leandria Johnson! Congratulations to her. She’s worked hard and sung us crazy all season long.  I believe the gospel music industry is gaining a game changer.

I’d also like to give some love to Elder Goldwire McLendon. Although he didn’t win, he’s also about to take the gospel industry by storm in his own way.  The beauty of Sunday Best is that sometimes you win just from being there.

Well, that’s it folks.  Another season is done, but stick around. I’ll be keeping you updated on the progress of all the contestants (they’re ALL working on stuff) as well be discussing some “issues” that I saw come up over the course of this season. Later this week, I’ve got a friend coming to help me and us work through this “anointing” thing that some of us so easily throw around when we discuss this music. The discussion is going to be epic, I guarantee you!

Til tomorrow, I’m out!

Torrence

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at Said on

just imagine if you are paying you rent monthly and then someone comes and tell you you have to move that day within hours. That is what happens when the owner defaults on the loan the renter may not be notified, so it isn’t as cut and dry as one may think. Besides what ever happened to What God has for you is for you. He will not let Elder Mc clendon be left out. This just wasn’t for him but I know God has something wonderful in store for him. I enjoyed both contestants as well as some of the others. God Bless them all for having the courage to get up there and do what they do.



Connie T Said on

Amen! @ DON’T YELL AT ME and @ “MISSY” the show was pre-recorded a month in advance with 2 endings of both LeAndria and Elder winning. That’s why LeAndria’s reaction was subdued. LeAndria was in Florida with her family at a gathering when she got the news that she WON!! This information is according to the Florida online newspaper. YEEEAAAAHH LEANDRIA!!



Iris Said on

Congratulations Leandria! I just have a question why was there no balloons or confetti when they announced the winner. And if I recall correctly Crystal Aiken (Season 1’s W inner) and Y’ana Crawley (Season 2’s Winner) final song was much longer than Leandria’s was they pushed for time?



Missy Said on

@ ConnieT, I know the show was prerecorded, I was informing someone else that both contestants had mics @ the ending. I have no complaints about the winner or the ending. Not clear what your point to me is?



Missy Said on

@Connie T Don’t understand your comment to me, I know there were 2 endings taped, I was responding two someones statement implying that Leadria knew, I believe you misunderstood my comment.



Rev. Ernest E Felder Jr, San Antonio TX Said on

I love them both. But Elder Mac was the real winner and total worshipper..Real Gospel music is about worshipping and acknowledging God not a performance! There is a distinct difference. We are doing to Gospel exactly what we did to R&B, it is not “old school”…this new day “packaged” music lacks creativity, mediocre sampling from the roots of Gospel, wastes the artistry of pure singing, doesn’t require or demand excellence-just screaming-boobs, breasts, and bods. Real Gospel is still the real bridge that brings us through, all that other stuff are by-products but not replacement. So church don’t forget it or let it be called “Old School”, we don’t need to lose what God has given us a people..it is our power and our strength…That is what Elder GodWire is about. The age factor did play a factor…and males are finding it hard to win on Sunday Best. Real Gospel you don’t have to figure out who the Message is from and to–It doesn’t vaguely mentioned the name of Christ the Redeemer and God the Holy One. Gospel still reached every generation. Forget what the survey votes said, just like America Idol…the true winner does not always get recognized…Remember Jennifer Hudson. Amen



VANESSA Said on

THERE SHOULD NOT BE AN ARGUMENT ABOUT WHO WON THE “PRIZE” WE ALL AS CHRISTIANS SHOULD JUST BE MARVELING AT THE FACT THAT THE PRESENCE OF GOD WAS SO EVIDENT IN THIS PARTICULAR COMPETITION. IT IS NOT ABOUT WHO WON OR LOSS, BECAUSE AS HISTORY HAS SHOWN BOTH THE WINNER AND THE RUNNER-UP ARE SEEN AGAIN! I THINK THIS WAS THE MOST “SPIRIT FILLED” SUNDAY BEST EVER, AND I THINK IT HAD A LOT TO DO WITH THE DIFFERENT JUDGES. I REALLY HOPE DONNIE MCKLURKIN AND YOLANDA ADAMS BECOME A PERMANENT FIXTURE ON THE SHOW, BECAUSE THEY BRING A LEVEL OF SPIRITUALITY THAT HAS LACKED IN THE PRIOR YEARS. I STILL HAVE CHILLS THINKING ABOUT THE HOLY SPIRIT MOVING ON THOSE EPISODES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



Deborah Said on

I enjoyed this show this year beyond words and I have truly been blessed by all the singers. This is a blog so the writers can voice whatever opinion they may have, but I must say that many of them are very disappointing. The Finale was awesome and done with elegance and dignity. I like sowing good seeds and encourage others to do the same.



cla Said on

Does anyone know if BET produces DVD’s for each Sunday Best season? I don’t know if they’ve done it in the past, but they sure need to consider selling DVD’s for Season 3! With Leandria on it they won’t be able to keep up with the demand!



cla Said on

Torrence, will BET offer a set of DVD’s for Sunday Best Season 3? I and many other would be lined up to buy it!



lisa Said on

WOW! The enemy is rampid according to the many email messages I just read. I couldn’t tell if some of the comments were from those who chose to follow and live their lives according to the gospel vs those who do not. GOD IS GOOD ALL OF THE TIME. Believe in the word and know that all who follow him will be blessed. The reflection should be on how the Spirit of The Lord moved throughout this season & touched many! God’s presence was evident in how he used each of the contestants to touch our lives! REFLECT on the PRESENCE OF GOD! I was blessed & I am sure that all contestants will be blessed according to the WILL OF GOD. Amen



yvette Said on

i don;t beleive leandria got the most votes..i beleive she was chosen for commercial purposes..because she is younger then it is felt she will have longevity in the industry.but i guarantee you those in the industry who THINK THEY KNOW BEST IS GONNA B SHODKED WHEN THE CDS DROP.. MARK MY WORDS..ZION THIIRSTS FOR WHAT ELDER GOLDWIRE BRINGS TO THE TABLE..A GENUINE ..UNMISTAKABLE.. UNDENIABLE.. AUTHENTIC.. ANNOINTING…not to mention the host of sympathy votes she Got re that LIE SHE TOLD that she ‘LOST’ her house suggesting that she owned a house when she was a renter,,renting a foreclosed home and losing ur house is 2 completely different things..god will not b mocked i beleive HE WILL VINDICATE THE ELDER..



Cherokee Said on

God was more than being mocked during this so-called Sunday Best production. IMO, this is a total disgrace to the body of Christ. I think BET should be challenged. The public doesn’t know what Sunday Best means or what it represents. It is vague. Folks are very confused about that. We don’t know what the judges are looking for. We are told it’s a singing competition. Should the judges even ask questions about a contestants personal appearance or life? We are also told that the show is live. I don’t believe for a second that it is. I also don’t believe that the votes played a part in deciding who the winner would be. I think the winner was already chosen by the judges, weeks before we were told to vote. Umm…this is unbelievable, and I want answers.



Vantone Said on

@Don’t Yell At Me……I Agree, well said.



Jennifer Broughton Said on

God has truly annointed them both and I am going to buy both CD’s for the message. God bless my addoptive Pop Goldwire McClendon and Leandria!



josie Said on

God is getting His glory and some of you all have missed the point…God moved in front of millions because of the obedience of Ms Tina and Ms.Erica..if we all tune into our own God given gifts and be about the Lord’s business and not who”s lying and cheatin we wil see that we are the thorns in our own garden… we all need let God be our Character and not worry about the character of those who are causing folks to seek God again or even for the first time…in other words..stop hatin



Tara Said on

THEY ALL are Sunday Best!! Elder, LeAndria, Duward, TIffany, Martha…I would buy each and every one of their CD’s!



Johnsie Said on

Sunday Best: Please, please, please issue a CD of the music from this season– just like it was sung from Crisette Michelle’s take on Stand to Israel Houghton- I will follow you – to the contestants’ take on the various songs. I will buy the CD and I bet I won’t be the only one!!! Let me know when it drops!!! You’ve got my email :) Thanks!



DaBizhop Said on

I believe that if we are going to be “Sunday’s” Best, then it should be a all around thing. I know it was a singing competition and I respect that, but I feel the show lacks real life changing POWER. I looked at the finale and was shocked at how many times she had to hold her dress up. I listened, and really there was much to be desired. I am not here to bash the show, but I feel that the church needs better representation. This seemed like a ratings thing…which are important to keep the show on, but also causes the show to lose true gospel fundamentals. Agree or disagree….it’s a good show that needs more of the Jesus changing lives singing.

Dabizhop



Renee Burgess Said on

I can say that this seasons finale was moved by the Holy Spirit. You can not play or pretend with God. God’s work is not for a tv shows ratings it is there to save those who are lost so that all can get a clear picture of the true power of God if you allow him to take full control of your life and die to sin and truly live for God. I am so ready for next seasons Sunday Best, I hope to be a contestant. Yall need to come on down to the heart of Texas. God is real and doing a mighty work in central TX. Waco is just about ready for the real true and living God to do a Mighty work. God wins no matter what because He is God!!!! I am working the works of faith and living for the glory of God’s kingdom. Corletta Renee Burgess- Child of God