Thursday, July 9, 2009

Major Surprise Guest and Three Contestants Voted Out on GMC's 'Gospel Dream' Series Weds. July 8 at 10pm ET/9pm C

Major Surprise Guest and Three Contestants Voted Out on GMC's 'Gospel Dream' Series Weds. July 8 at 10pm ET/9pm C

New Episodes Debut Every Weds. Night on GMC

ATLANTA, July 6 /Christian Newswire/ -- The next new episode of Gospel Music Channel's American Idol®-style talent search series Gospel Dream premieres on GMC Weds. July 8 at 10:00 P.M. ET/9:00 CT and is loaded with surprises, twists and turns and, of course, rousing performances that will either move contestants on to the next round or get them sent home.

Highlights of this week's Gospel Dream include:

* One of the most popular artists in the music industry surprises the contestants and then helps coach them.

* Three of the final ten contestants will be sent home...but a new twist could shake things up.

Immediately before the new season four episode Weds. at 10:00 P.M., GMC will world premiere the music video for "So Good" -- the first single from the forthcoming debut album by Gospel Dream season three winner Melinda Watts called People Get Ready, releasing July 28 (Razor & Tie). The video will then be added to GMC's music video rotation.

GMC now gives viewers a chance to catch the previous week's Gospel Dream episode immediately before the new episode premiere:

GMC's New Weds. Night Line-Up
8:00 P.M. Clash of the Choirs
9:00 P.M. Gospel Dream (Encore of Previous Week)
10:00 P.M. Gospel Dream (New Episode Premiere)
All Times Eastern

The judges deciding the fate of the contestants are: Michelle Williams from the GRAMMY- winning group "Destiny's Child"; one of Gospel music's most prolific talents, J. Moss; and one of the music industry's most respected executives, Mitchell Solarek. Kimberley Locke, the first American Idol® alumnae to debut at #1 on the Billboard charts with a non-Idol single, serves as co-host along with Mike Kasem ("MTV's Top 20 Video Countdown" "American Top 10"). In addition, two major musical artists will serve as surprise coaches during the season. The theme for the Gospel Dream's fourth season: The Greatest Inspirational Songs of All Time.

The Top Ten finalists competing are: Amber Davies, Brownsville, TN (Age 18); Ashli Marie Pritchett, Thomaston, GA (16); Erin Lyder, Boston, MA (24); Jasmine Jackson, Murfreesboro, TN (21); NeVar Massey, Hampton, GA (34); Rashelle Garrett, Ceres, CA (32); Robert Mauti, Nashville, TN (26); Tim Stylez, Atlanta, GA (27); Tony LeBron, Boca Raton, FL (32); and Travis Lindseth, Kirkland, WA (21).

The Gospel Dream series was created by Executive Producer Elvin Ross, who is also the series' executive producer and musical director. Gospel Music Channel is the fastest-growing network in television and can be seen in 45 million homes on various cable systems around the country, on DIRECTV on channel 338 and on Verizon FiOS on channel 224.

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