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This music competition series brings together some of America's best gospel singers and pits them against each other on stage. A panel of judges narrows the field to a group of finalists, and eventually a single winner will remain standing. Judges include Yolanda Adams, Kierra Sheard, Donnie McClurkin, Mary Mary, Bebe Winans & Cece Winans.

Through each season of the series, singers deliver performances that are evaluated by a panel of judges. In between performance rounds, singers are given advice by professional singers. The performers are gradually eliminated until, at the end of the season, a single performer is left to be crowned the winner of the season. In these ways, the series follows the formula established by many other performance competition series. The winner of each season is awarded a recording contract, a cash prize, and a new car.

The series debuted on the BET cable network in 2007 and ran through 2015. The series was revived in 2019, and its ninth season debuted in September 2019. Production on a tenth season began early in 2020, and the first three episodes of the season were recorded in front of a live audience. Following these episodes, production of the series was delayed by the coronavirus pandemic. When production resumed, episodes were filmed remotely without a live audience. Broadcast of the new responsibly filmed episodes resumed in early July of 2020.

The series is produced by prolific producer Tyler Perry and is based at Perry's production studio complex in Atlanta, Georgia.

Sunday 8:00 PM et/pt on BET
10 Seasons, 95 Episodes
October 2, 2007
Reality
7.2/10
Cast: Kirk Franklin, BeBe Winans, Yolanda Adams, Donnie McClurkin, CeCe Winans
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  • Contestants audition in front of the judges who must narrow the field from 20 to 12; with no backing bands or flashy screens, the contenders strive to be one of the final six who will move on to the main competition, along with six others.

  • This will be an unforgettable night of fun with our final 2 contestants, Kirk, the judges and an array of special guests as we conclude the series with an all-star gospel celebration. And of course, we will announce the winner of Sunday Best Season 9!

  • The remaining three contestants sing two songs that have a special meaning to them and reflect their testimony, Fantasia performs, and the final two contestants are revealed.

  • Ahead of their performances, the final four artists go to Atlanta churches to sing for congregations, and Pastor Shirley Caesar performs and serves as a guest judge.

  • The competition heats up as the top five contestants step into the forefront and perform while being backed by the New Direction Gospel Choir of Tennessee State University.

  • Keke Wyatt performs "God Will Take Care of You" before joining the judging panel, and the six remaining contestants dive into Aretha Franklin's gospel catalog.

  • Undiscovered gospel singers from across the nation seek high praise.

  • All eight competitors take a popular R&B song and remix it with a gospel twist; then, they hit the stage and perform their newly transformed song before the judges.

  • The top 12 contenders must compete in pairs by singing the same song; in this challenge, the contestants will have the opportunity to showcase their individual vocal styles and set themselves apart from each other.

  • Contestants audition in front of the judges who must narrow the field from 20 to 12; after the dust settles, the top 12 competitors make their way to the hotel, while the others head home.

  • Contestants audition in front of the judges who must narrow the field from 20 to 12; with no backing bands or flashy screens, the contenders strive to be one of the final six who will move on to the main competition, along with six others.

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