Torrence’s Take On Sunday Best 5: Episode 5

Published by Torrence Glenn on Monday, July 23, 2012 at 12:14 am.

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Hey folks. Not going to be before you long… (Churchy) But we’re back with another recap of Sunday Best 5. Let’s get started shall we?

First up, JJ Hairston and Youthful Praise (you already know they’re one of my favorites) opened the show with their most recent hit “After This” featuring Bishop Eric McDaniel I was so excited to see them on this show doing this song. Although this is a solo singing competition, choir music is still a part of the foundation of gospel music as we know it, so seeing a little bit of choir squall on the Sunday Best stage made me happy. Plus, while we were taping, I continually joked that this song would be and should be the unofficial theme song of every elimination…. Can’t you just see/hear it? “There will be glory AFTER THIS!” …. Just saying. But let’s get to the competition.

First up was Michael Lampkin singing “Show Me The Way.” A song that I’d never heard before until this episode but I tell you this, that man SANG that song. He can just sing. Good and churchy and I loved it.

Next up was Jeremy Hill with “Chasing After You.” I think he did a good job but what I think might have been the issue here was that he kind of oversang it. Not necessarily in a bad way but in a way that it didn’t need to be sung. He’s got so much voice, so much range and so much natural ability that he may have hit us (and the judges) with too much at one time. I still think he’s great though. He sings for blood!

Then Sara Escamilla came with the classic Whitney Houston version of Richard Smallwood’s “I Love The Lord.” Her nerves got her at the beginning but she recovered wonderfully.  I chuckled a bit when I discovered that she was singing “I Love The Lord” because that’s a phrase I use when I meet people like her. Folks that are extremely humble and sweet and good ole saints, I’ll usually say “oh yeah, she really loves the Lord.” Ha!

After Sara was Keith Ball with Deitrick Haddon’s “He’s Able.” He did good but it wasn’t his best. I think the difficulty of still not having enough time to build songs is sort of messing with the contestants. He also made some style choices that depending on your ear could have been a little grating if it wasn’t your thing. He manipulated/bent the melody so that he was always “up” and I don’t think the song needed that. Thankfully the pure sound of his voice is enough to make it still good.

Next up was Joshua Rogers singing  Tonex’s “God Has Not Forgot.” Amazing! Now I technically heard a few funky notes in there but he bounces back from them so good it’s like you don’t even care!!! The range, the choices. He’s just gooooooooooooood! JEEZ!!!!

Brian Luther was next with “Walk With Me.” It was just “OK” to me this week. I agree with the judges in that he needed to stretch just a little bit to really kill this song, because don’t get it twisted, I believe he can! That man sings!

Danetra Moore followed with “Safe In His Arms” and it was pretty much perfect…nothing else to say. Just brilliant. Ok, maybe I have to listen again but I didn’t hear the pitchy moment Cece Winans referred to and if there was a pitchy moment it was ever so slight and I mean very slight. If anything, while I was listening I kept thinking to myself, to be singing this song where she is, she’s amazingly on pitch. Donnie, I don’t know what you’re talking about either. Ha! (I’m allowed to disagree with the judges so leave me alone! Ha!)

Ashford Sanders came back with what honestly may be the performance of the night with “Millions” by The Winans. Another perfect performance. This dude just knows what to do and is so smooth with it it’s almost scary. He does these runs that go almost a second later than you expect! It’s crazy! And he’s just fun to watch, he be getting it with that mic stand. Ha!

Next Alexis Spight returned with “Set Me Free” by Myron Butler & Levi! Alexis is an amazing singer and I’m thinking she may have suffered with what Jeremy did tonight, too much singing. The song kind of got away from her and she ran after it but it caused a few weird moments. I know this much though, we weren’t singing like that when we were 18… Whew!

Finally, we ended the night with Kizzy Walker singing Maurette Brown-Clark’s “It Ain’t Over.” Let’s just address it. Yes, she cracked. She REALLY cracked…. but let me tell you something, the way she kept on singing and said “I’m gonna fix this though..” I thought she did great just for that. Mistakes WILL happen, and your voice will crack from time to time but it’s all about not letting it kill your WHOLE song. She fixed it and continued. I’m a fan.

Well, we had another elimination and Keith and Jeremy both went home. I sound like a broken record but at this point in the competition, everybody going home is going to be good so we just gotta deal with it. Would those 2 have been the ones you sent home? Did you agree with the judges? Shoot, do you agree with me? Let me know! Let’s see what happens next week!

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Comments

Teri Said on

I think Brian or maybe even Kizzy should’ve went home instead of Jeremy…I really liked him.



Otto Said on

I agree with your wrap up Sir. I was wondering what Donnie was talking about as well. Also like you said the ‘Pitchy’ problems with Lexy were microscopic. I will say I was a bit disappointed this week but I believe we are in for some Jaw-dropping performances. Loving the show.



Marymary fan Said on

I love Yolonda and BeBe but they arent Erika and Tina. They were more lively



marsha smith Said on

sunday Best cheating trying to capture a cross over audience



ANITA Said on

SUNDAY BEST IS EXCELLENT THIS YEAR… REAL SPIRIT AND ANNOINTING LIKE CRYSTAL AIKEN AND YANLA SEASON… I WISH THE MAMA SPIRIT HAD NOT BEEN SENT HOME… WE NEED A SENIOR TO MAKE IT TO T HE END ESPECIALLY IF THEY HAVE TALENT.. AS FOR CROSSOVER AUDIENCE… THEY DONT HAVE TO CHEAT, GOD IS IN CONTROL AND HIS SPIRIT IS REAL, IF UNSAVED FOLK ARE WATCHING THEN THAT IS THE PLAN… WITNESS FOR THE LORD THAT THEY MAY HEAR AND BE SAVED…. MARSHA PRAY FOR GOD WISDOM AND GET TO KNOW HIM…. I BELIEVE THEY WANT A MAN TO FINALLY WIN, SO LADIES GET READY SOMEONE GOING HOME IN FEW WEEKS THAT SHOULDNT…SMILE….IM THE BIGGEST FAN SINCE SEASON 1!!!!!! PRAISE GOD THAT HE IS BEING LIFTED IN ALL GENRES OF TV… ANITA



PJ Said on

Nerves or no nerves, Sara Escamilla should have been eliminated! Her vocal performance and capability was and is not close to being on par with the other contestants. What a disservice she is receiving by being allowed to continue, when she is not remotely competitive. They are giving her false hope, because in order for her to make it to the final two, all the other candidates would have to get a severe case of laryngitis! Is this what is meant when people say “Favor ain’t fair”? Well in this case, that a major understatement!!!



JC Said on

Goodness, Ashford & “Young Buck” tore the house down! And I’m with PJ –
“Favor Ain’t Fair” could be the theme for Brian & Kizzy (and I like both of them). Sara may be in danger next week, but the second half of her song saved her.



LK Said on

I think that they don’t give these contestants nuff time to sing. 45 seconds is way too short. It’s hard to build a song up in that short time. Some folks go into all the runs, and that’s great, but sometimes that can get screamy. I don’t like it when singers get too showy with all the runs and stuff.
I like Brian alot and I think he shows the quality of his voice. He can sing. but he don’t overdo it. It’s not always about crazy hard runs. Sometime you gotta just sing!



Michelle Denide Said on

The show is different from when Mary-Mary was the judges.I believe the judges were right in their decision.I think nerves got the best of Sara and Kizzy.A lot of people mention the anointing But the bible says to sing in the Spirit 1 Corinthians 14;15 and some of the contestants don’t have a clue….



Walter Said on

Keith Ball and I are family. We grew up singing together and I know what he can do vocally. His gift is in his falsetto and he didn’t use it. Not sure if that was by his choice or he was instructed not to but ………several of the performances were off on this show. May be better if the artists get to choose their songs within the theme for that night. I agree that they need a little more time to manipulate their gifts.



Candice Griffith Said on

Nope… I think they got it WRONG! Sara Escamilla and the Brian Luther should have gone home…Jeremy Hill should still be there…But then again, Haley Mitchell from Birmingham did not make the top 20 and that young lady can stand toe to toe with Yolanda and Cee on any day.. maybe that’s why she was not even featured in the auditions showed… Why is it so hard to make it in the Gospel Music Industry? I pray someone will sign then both soon.