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[07/07/11 - 08:04 AM]
Clap Your Hands and Rejoice for the Return of BET's Hit Gospel Singing Competition "Sunday Best" Premiering Sunday, July 10 at 8:00 p.m.
Kirk Franklin returns as host of the series, which will open with a two-hour premiere.

[via press release from BET]

Clap Your Hands and Rejoice for the Return of BET's Hit Gospel Singing Competition "SUNDAY BEST" Premiering Sunday, July 10 at 8:00 p.m.*

Returning Host Kirk Franklin and Judges Erica and Tina Campbell of Mary Mary and Pastor Donnie McClurkin Kickoff Season Four with a Special Two-Hour Premiere

NEW YORK, July 7, 2011 -- After three amazing seasons of heartfelt praise and tough competition SUNDAY BEST returns on Sunday, July 10 at 8:00 p.m.* in a special two-hour premiere dedicated to the mesmerizing and sometimes hilarious auditions. Hosted by gospel legend Kirk Franklin with returning judges, multi-award winning siblings Erica and Tina Campbell of Mary Mary and gospel recording artist Pastor Donnie McClurkin, SUNDAY BEST sets out to find America's next great gospel singer. Musical powerhouse Kim Burrell also returns as celebrity mentor.

Fans can expect to be blown away by performances as this season's hopefuls venture from the auditions to the main stage. In the premiere episodes, thousands of contestants make their way to audition stops in Dallas, Los Angeles and Atlanta, but only 20 are selected to compete in Atlanta. Many are called but only one will be crowned winner of this season's SUNDAY BEST. In addition to the coveted title of SUNDAY BEST, the winner of season four will receive a national recording contract, a cash prize and a brand new 2011 Ford Explorer.

For three amazing seasons, SUNDAY BEST has entertained and touched viewers during its search for the next great gospel singer. From holding auditions all over the U.S. and in Nigeria, West Africa, SUNDAY BEST continues to be a fan favorite even winning a 2011 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Reality Series. SUNDAY BEST is a 9-week series executive produced by D'Angela Proctor and Nia T. Hill of Strange Fruit Media, Kirk Franklin and Erica and Tina Campbell.

For continuous SUNDAY BEST updates, please visit www.bet.com/SundayBest. Also, follow SUNDAY BEST on Twitter at www.twitter.com/BETSundayBest (hash tag: #SundayBest) and Facebook fan page at http://www.facebook.com/BETSundayBest.

*All times are ET/PT.

About BET Networks

BET Networks, a subsidiary of Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), is the nation's leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs television programming for the African-American audience. The primary BET channel reaches more than 90 million households and can be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom and sub-Saharan Africa. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of business extensions: BET.com, a leading Internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news; CENTRIC, a 24-hour entertainment network targeting the 25- to 54-year-old African-American audience; BET Digital Networks - BET Gospel and BET Hip Hop, attractive alternatives for cutting-edge entertainment tastes; BET Home Entertainment, a collection of BET-branded offerings for the home environment including DVDs and video-on-demand; BET Event Productions, a full-scale event management and production company with festivals and live events spanning the globe; BET Mobile, which provides ringtones, games and video content for wireless devices; and BET International, which operates BET in the United Kingdom and oversees the extension of BET network programming for global distribution.





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