Sister Cristina Scuccia, who became a worldwide YouTube sensation after her appearance on Italy’s version of “The Voice” appeared online, has won “The Voice of Italy,” Variety reports.
The video clip of her original performance drew more than 50 million hits on YouTube, with the judges getting a surprise after turning around to view the competitor and her nun’s habit. In her audition in the blind round, she sang Alicia Keys’ “No One.”
“On Thursday night, wearing her nun’s habit, crucifix around her neck, and plain black shoes, the 25-year-old Sicilian nun won Italy’s version of ‘The Voice’ with 62.3 percent of the vote,” the story notes.
Scuccia won a recording contract with Universal, beating a male rock singer named Giacomo Voli. During the competition, she performed covers of Bon Jovi’s “Livin' on a Prayer” and Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Want to Have Fun,” among other songs.
“Scuccia, a member of the Ursuline Sisters of the Holy Family, reportedly took her vows in 2010 after a rebellious adolescence," the story reports. "She has been training as a singer for years and previously auditioned for several other TV talent shows, including 'X-Factor' in Italy.”
Here's her performance clip: