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CRYSTAL AIKIN NAMED BET's SUNDAY BEST
Emergency room nurse takes top prize in gospel reality competition, including a contract with Zomba Gospel.
On Tuesday, December 4, Crystal Aikin, the 33-year-old emergency room nurse, won the title of Sunday Best on BET's gospel reality competition. Aikin beat out Shari Addison, 46, during the live season finale.
More than 1.5 million people cast their votes over a 10-week season. Along with the title, Aikin brings home a national recording contract with Zomba Gospel, a 2008 Toyota Camry and a $300,000 Tide "Loads of Hope" prize package for her community. The one-hour finale included special performances by platinum-selling gospel songstress Yolanda Adams and series host, Kirk Franklin.
Crystal Aikin, a Tacoma, Washington native, placed her career aside, entered the competition and followed her call to minister to the masses in song.
Learning about the SUNDAY BEST competition from a stranger who sought her out after hearing her sing more than eight years ago, Crystal used her mother's frequent flyer miles and traveled to the Los Angeles auditions for a mere $2.50.
From the beginning, Aikin immediately captured the attention of all with her powerhouse voice. Belting out touching and hand-clapping selections each week, Aikin wowed the judges and America alike.
"This journey has been busy, exhausting, fun, and anticipatory," said Aikin. "It's a blessed and privileged opportunity to be the SUNDAY BEST winner and to God be all the glory."