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[08/28/12 - 12:19 PM]
"Sunday Best" Show-Stopping Season Finale to Crown the Season Five Winner with Two Back-to-Back Episodes Premiering Sunday, September 2 at 8:00 P.M.
Plus: look for performances by Kurt Carr, Marvin Winans, Ledisi, Tye Tribbett, Israel Houghton and Marvin Sapp.

[via press release from BET]

"SUNDAY BEST" SHOW-STOPPING SEASON FINALE TO CROWN THE SEASON FIVE WINNER WITH TWO BACK-TO-BACK EPISODES PREMIERING SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 2 AT 8:00 P.M.*

Featuring A Special The King's Men Performance By Kirk Franklin, Marvin Sapp, Donnie McClurkin And Israel Houghton And An Unforgettable Performance By Kim Burrell And The Two Finalists

NEW YORK - August 28, 2012-Finishing off its highest rated season in series history, SUNDAY BEST season five culminates Sunday, September 2nd at 8:00 P.M.* with two back-to-back episodes featuring electrifying performances by some of today's top gospel and soul hit makers including Kurt Carr, Marvin Winans, Ledisi, Tye Tribbett, Israel Houghton and Marvin Sapp. SUNDAY BEST judges Yolanda Adams and Donnie McClurkin and host Kirk Franklin are also slated to take the stage to deliver rousing sets of their most celebrated tracks.

After nine weeks of fierce competition, the field has narrowed to two finalists, South Carolina's Joshua Rogers and Kansas' Alexis Spight, going head to head in the finale. In addition to the coveted SUNDAY BEST title, the winner of season five will receive a national recording contract with Music World Gospel, a cash prize, and an exclusive prize from Ford. SUNDAY BEST season five is hosted by Kirk Franklin with celebrity judges Pastor Donnie McClurkin, Yolanda Adams and Cece Winans with vocal mentor Kim Burrell.

SUNDAY BEST, television's #1 gospel series each year, achieved a new franchise high on Sunday, August 19. The SUNDAY BEST season five episode 9 is the #1 telecast in SUNDAY BEST history drawing in 2.2 Million viewers during its time slot, making it one of the Top 10 Ad-Supported Cable Telecasts for the weekend. Episode 9 also ranked #1 in its time period across all Ad-Supported Cable Networks among Adults 18-49 (906K P18-49). The series continues to reign as the #1 reality competition show on cable and ranks among BET's top series ever in the third quarter. Season five episodes have been Cable's #1 Telecasts among African-American viewers every Sunday since the season launch.

For continuous SUNDAY BEST updates, please visit http://www.bet.com/Sunday Best. Also, follow SUNDAY BEST on Twitter at www.twitter.com/BETSundayBest (hash tag: #BETSundayBest) 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. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), 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 operates in the United Kingdom and oversees the extension of BET network programming for global distribution.





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