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Sicilian singing Nun wins The Voice (Italian version)
Papa Francesco said to nuns and priests “get out on the streets”. Suor Cristina (Cristina Scuccia), a 25 years old nun from Sicily hailed the exhortation participating and winning the Italian version of the Voice.
It all started in March when her interpretation of Alicia Keys’ “No One” in the talent show’s blind audition, got more than 50 million hits on YouTube and appreciative Tweets from Keys herself and Whoopi Goldberg.
Suor Cristina, who lives in a convent near Milan, was coached by Italian rapper J-Ax. Now she has a recording contract with “Universal” and might have to choose between a full time pop singer career and her religious life. Suor Cristina has already anticipated that she feels the need of going back to her daily religious routine.
Before reciting the Lord’s Prayer onstage she said that her presence there was not her merit, but it was thanks to God.
Cristina Scuccia, was born in Comiso, in the province of Ragusa. She is a member of the “Orsoline Sisters of the Holy Family” and took her vows in 2010 after a rebellious adolescence. Reportedly, Cristina decided to become a nun after being chosen by the Orsoline nuns as the protagonist of a musical about the founders of their order. In 2009 she entered the Star Rose Academy, singing and dancing school founded by the Orsoline sisters and directed by Claudia Koll. In that same year she started her religious path going to Brazil for the Novitiate. In 2012 she was ordained. In 2013 she won the competition “Good News Festival” with the song “Senza la tua voce”.
She has been training as a singer for years and she was previously auditioned for several other TV talent shows, including X-Factor in Italy.
The singing nun’s popularity rose in Italy and around the world. Her performances on stage on Italy’s “The Voice,” broadcasted by RAI, have included a cover of Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ On A Prayer” , Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Want To Have Fun,” and “What a Feeling.”
Suor Cristina has been criticised as being a novelty act rather than a serious singer. Some others found it inappropriate for a nun to perform on stage.
Suor Christina answered to these criticisms by saying “ho un dono ve lo dono” (I have a gift I’ll give it to you).