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BET Announces Top 20 Contestants of "Sunday Best" - Premieres Sun. June 30th at 8/7c

Posted on June 24, 2019 at 2:30 PM

Returning from its four-year hiatus, America’s most inspirational singing competition, “Sunday Best,” makes its triumphant return to BETon Sunday, June 30that 8/7c with two brand-new back-to-back episodes. The well-established gospel show welcomes back Grammy Award®-winning music legend Kirk Franklin as host, gospel songstress and host of "Get Up Mornings," Erica Campbell as a judge; and added two Grammy-Award® nominated artists Kelly Price and Jonathan McReynolds as new additions to the panel. With a brand-new stage and exciting themed challenges, this season has narrowed down the competition to 20 finalists. 

The new season kicks off for the first time ever with in-person auditions in front of the judges, with no audience. The contestants have to show their true talent, with no smoke and mirrors, by performing acapella with no band support, as they narrow the field from 20 to the top 10. For the first time the contestants were able to use an online submissions process, after which the team lead a global search for this year’s contestants, leading up to the much-anticipated live auditions in Dallas, TX, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, GA, and Detroit, MI, Lagos, Nigeriaand for the first time-ever London, England and Johannesburg, South Africa, which were open to select international contestants. The top 20 contestants are:

Antonio Santora, 31, Durham, North Carolina

Ashley Barnes, 24, Memphis, Tennessee

Brielle Frage, 21, Avenel, New Jersey

Cornelius Edwards, 33, West Palm Beach, Florida

Chelsey Barnes, 22, Memphis, TN

Emorja Roberson, 27, South Bend, Indiana

Jamal Roberts, 22, Meridian, Mississippi

James Thompson, 23, Derby UK

Jason Warrior, 23, Chicago, IL

Joshua Copeland, 37, Salisbury, Maryland

Kayva Offord, 27, Orange, Texas

Keyla Richardson, 22, Pensacola, Florida

Lakeesha Rice, 36, Greensboro, North Carolina

Linda Williams, 52, University Heights, OH

Melvin Crispell III, 21, Charlotte, North Carolina

Opal Staples, 38, Chicago, IL

Roy Moye, 26, Wichita, Kansas

Tiffany Andrews, 35, Newark, New Jersey

Tiffany Moore, 35, Augusta, Georgia

Yoonjung Park, 32, South Korea

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