Gift Rap

Those of you who think that the

American Idol

auditions are a little too mean, but still love to watch talent contests are in luck.


begins tonight on TBN. From the show's

Web site


"16,000 contestants. 8 finalists. 3 judges. 1 winner. GIFTED. On January 26, 2007, on prime-time television, the first season of Gifted is televised to over 49 million households on TBN (95 million total U.S. reach). The 2-hour show hosted by Brian Littrell (formerly of the Backstreet Boys) showcases eight finalists singing some of the most well-known songs in Christian Music in styles ranging from Praise & Worship, Gospel, and CCM. The winner receives a recording contract with EMI Christian Music Group. Anticipation for the show has been enormous as the auditions were held all over the country for the past year in the most influential mega-churches in large markets...

GIFTED resembles other popular reality-based TV shows, its unique quality is that contestants desire to display the gift that God gave them and to give back that gift by sharing with the world the message of hope in Christ."

The judges panel consists of Andrae Crouch, Degarmo out of Degarmo and Key, and Michael Sweet of the pioneering heavy metal god squad Stryper, the band that put the Lord in lycra and took the sex, drugs, and rock and roll out of sex, drugs and rock and roll.

The final eight have already been decided, which is a shame, 'cause we were kinda hoping Clear Lake's sanctified troubadour Donnie Davies might have a shot. -- John Nova Lomax

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