Videos-Images: Sr. Christina Wins the Voice of Italy Contest – Ends it with The Lord’s Prayer!

Friday, June 6, 2014, 10:22 AM

Sister Cristina Scuccia performs during the Italian State RAI TV show final episode of ‘The Voice of Italy’ Thursday night. [J-Ax on the left]

MILAN — A nun who became an Internet star for her unadorned pop song performances in full habit triumphed at Italy’s version of musical competition “The Voice” early Friday, singing and dancing to a song from the 1980s movie “Flashdance.”

Sister Cristina Scuccia has fascinated a global audience from her first surprise appearance in a blind audition back in March to her final number, “Flashdance … What a Feeling,” that clinched her victory among the final four competitors during the four-hour finale.

She took the title, and the Universal record contract, with a convincing 62 percent of the votes — but her insistence on wearing a habit for the show has raised concerns among some faithful who question whether such exhibitionism is appropriate for a nun, and among critical viewers who see it as a gimmick to win attention.

After winning, Scuccia, 25, thanked ‘’all those who have helped me in this difficult period,” including sisters from her order who have supported her, sitting in the audience during each appearance with joyful smiles.

She reserved her final thanks ‘’for the one up there,” and insisted on reciting the Lord’s Prayer after winning, inviting the studio audience and a skeptical panel of judges to join her. [MC: and s/he knows they were skeptical because? – it would have clarified the remark leaving it less of a personal opinion]

Scuccia won handily with 62 percent of the vote, but spurred some criticism for wearing her habit while performing.MARCO BERTORELLO/AFP/Getty ImagesScuccia won handily with 62 percent of the vote, but spurred some criticism for wearing her habit while performing.

‘’I want Jesus to enter here,” she said.

Scuccia became an Internet sensation when she appeared in a blind audition on the show in March singing an Alicia Keys number, ‘’No One,” which has since been viewed by at least 50 million on YouTube.

Sister Cristina Scuccia prays after being crowned winner.MARCO BERTORELLO/AFP/Getty ImagesSister Cristina Scuccia prays after being crowned winner.Enlarge
The 25-year-old Scuccia holds up her cross and her trophy.MARCO BERTORELLO/AFP/Getty ImagesThe 25-year-old Scuccia holds up her cross and her trophy.Enlarge

The Sicily native told the panel of judges, stunned at the sight of a pop-singing nun, that she went on the show to share her ‘’gift,” and chose bad-boy rapper J-Ax as her coach. He described the team as “the devil and holy water.”

‘’It all started as a game,” Scuccia said after winning. ‘’But then, playing the character, every evening I realized my life was changing.”

Read more:


Sr. Christina singing “Hero”

Singing “Livin’ on a Prayer”

“Sally” + “The Time of My Life”

“What a Feeling” – Flashdance

Final – “Beautiful That Way”

Australian Sr. Janet Mead – The Lord’s Prayer – 1973

A favorite of mine.


Related: Video: Italian Nun Sr. Christina Sings “No One”! (Reblog)

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