Italy's singing nun wins The Voice

Friday June 6, 2014

Suor Cristina Scuccia has wowed millions since appearing on The Voice Italy auditions in March - and on Thursday night she took the crown of the singing competition in the final.

With her lively dance moves while singing classic pop tunes such as No One by Alicia Keys, the nun became a favourite of the people with her powerful voice as she wore her catholic habit throughout the contest.

After winning, the 25-year-old Sicily native recited the Our Father prayer as she thanked God for the victory.

"I want Jesus to come in here!” she said, later adding: "My presence here is not up to me, it's thanks to the man upstairs."

Suor Cristina said her entering The Voice is a follow-up of what Pope Francis said when he declared his appeal on bringing the Catholic Church closer to "ordinary people".

However, when she was offered a recording contract with Universal, the prize typically offered to The Voice winners, she hinted that she might have to put a full rock and roll career on hold.

"I will go back to my priorities – prayer, waking up early in the morning, school service. That's fundamental for me to be able to begin something new later on," she said.

During the talent show, the newfound star performed with Kylie Minogue and Ricky Martin.

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