Once again viewers are singing the praises of BET Networks’ award-wining hit gospel competition show
with millions of dedicated viewers tuning in to the season seven premiere on July 6
. Hosted by Kirk Franklin and featuring new judge Kierra Sheard, alongside gospel legends Pastor Donnie McClurkin and Yolanda Adams,
continues its reign as television’s #1 gospel series.
The Top 10 finalists were announced in last night’s episode (alphabetized by first name):
Anita Johnson – New York, NY
Ayodele Owolabi – Macon, GA
Brightnie Jones – New York, NY
Candace Benson – Pottstown, PA
Damarka Wheeler – Buffalo, NY
DeAngelo Gardner – Detroit, MI
Geoffrey Golden – Cleveland, OH
Jay Williamson – Shreveport, LA
Serena Young – Rochester, NY
Tiquila Wilson – Winston Salem, NC
This season fans can expect to be blown away by performances as the hopefuls make the journey all the way from auditions to the finals. Along the way, musical powerhouse and vocal mentor Kim Burrell will provide vocal guidance to the Top 10 contestants. Many are called but only one will be crowned victor of this season’s
. In addition to the coveted title, the winner of season seven will receive a national recording contract with Fo Yo Soul / RCA Records and a cash prize.
will run for 9 consecutive weeks and is executive produced by Marilyn Gill, Kirk Franklin, Brian Gadinsky, and Arnold Preston.
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BET Networks, a subsidiary of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: 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.