'Singing Nun' Sister Cristina Wins Italy’s "The Voice"
(NEW YORK) -- Sister Cristina Scuccia, the nun who has become a worldwide singing sensation, is the champion of the Italian version of The Voice.
During the finals broadcast live in Italy Thursday night, the nun -- dressed in her traditional habit, crucifix and plain black shoes -- appeared surprised when she advanced to the final two, along with Giacomo Voli. She was overjoyed when the show’s host announced that she was the winner.
In the audience, her fellow nuns applauded, and cheering supporters waved T-shirts bearing her image.
Sister Cristina took 62.3 percent of the vote.
She ended her run in the competition by reciting the Lord’s Prayer on stage.
The 25-year-old nun from Milan was considered by many to be the front-runner going into Thursday night’s finale of the reality TV singing competition.
She wins a recording contract with Universal.
The nun first made headlines in March with her soulful performance of Alicia Keys’ “No One” on the show. The YouTube video of her performance went viral, garnering over 50 million views, and a supportive tweet from Keys herself.
Sister Cristina’s winning streak on The Voice was fueled by her performances alongside unlikely singing partners, including Ricky Martin and Kylie Minogue. Last month, Sister Cristina performed a high-energy version of “What a Feeling,” complete with her fellow sisters dancing in the studio audience.
Sister Cristina -- who was coached by Italian rapper J-Ax -- has said she was inspired to audition for The Voice by the words of Pope Francis to “get out onto the streets.”
“I have a gift and I am giving it to you,” Sister Cristina told the judges in March during her blind audition.
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