What is it about singing nuns?
Though her name isn’t Maria, Sister Cristina Scuccia is taking the world by storm through her appearance on Italy’s version of the NBC show “The Voice.”
She gets on stage, in full habit, on March 19 and throws down with “No One,” by Alicia Keys, in the blind audition. She dances, she belts, she shows soul. The audience immediately jumps on its feet to cheer; the four judges are still in the dark (hence the blind part) because in “The Voice” tradition, their chairs are turned away from the stage until they decide they want to choose contestant for their singing team.
One by one, the judges hit the button on their chair — drawn by Sister Cristina’s voice and the audience’s reaction — to turn around. One by one, they are shocked by what they see on stage. The first judge to turn around, the heavily tattooed Italian rapper J-Ax, teared up at the sight. Sister Cristina eventually chose him to be her coach.
The video now has more than 48 million views on YouTube. In fact, if you start searching “nun” on YouTube, the first phrase to pop up is “nun on the voice.”
Sister Cristina, 25, lives in a convent in Milan. Singing was always her passion. Now she’s a television star — with theNew York Times reporting
that her April appearance on a sing-off battle (she and another singer took on Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” duet) “roughly quadrupled the ratings the show had registered before she joined it in March.” That video, posted April 16, has 5.5 million views.
Sister Cristina is scheduled to perform again tonight. Watch these videos (click on the CC button on the bottom for English captioning) and we promise you’ll feel blessed.