After four amazing seasons of heartfelt praise and tough competition, SUNDAY BEST returns on Sunday, July 8 at 8:00 P.M. in a special two-hour premiere dedicated to the  awe-inspiring and sometimes hilarious auditions.  Hosted by gospel legend Kirk Franklin with returning gospel great recording artists and judges Pastor Donnie McClurkin and Yolanda Adams and celebrity mentor/audition judge Kim Burrell, SUNDAY BEST sets out to find America?s next great gospel singer. Gospel legend CeCe Winans will join the judging panel for the stage shows.

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Fans can expect to be blown away by performances as this season?s hopefuls venture from the auditions to Atlanta?s main stage. In the premiere episodes, thousands of contestants make their way to audition stops in Dallas, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, and St. Louis, but only the top 20 are selected to compete in Atlanta. Many are called but only one will be crowned victor of this season?s SUNDAY BEST. In addition to the coveted title of SUNDAY BEST, the winner of season five will receive a national recording contract with Music World Gospel, a cash prize, and an exclusive prize from Ford.

Elev8 will live tweet during the show each week and do a recap immediately following.

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