"Sunday Best" returns with Kirk Franklin and Mary Mary

NEW YORK, July 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- After three amazing seasons of heartfelt praise and tough competition SUNDAY BESTreturns on Sunday, July 10 at 8:00 p.m.* in a special two-hour premiere dedicated to the  mesmerizing and sometimes hilarious auditions.

NEW YORK, July 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- After three amazing seasons of heartfelt praise and tough competition SUNDAY BESTreturns 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 ofMary 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 atwww.twitter.com/BETSundayBest (hash tag: #SundayBest) and Facebook fan page at http://www.facebook.com/BETSundayBest.

*All times are ET/PT.

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