Italy's singing nun wins 'Voice' competition

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 6, 2014 at 8:31 am •  Published: June 6, 2014
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MILAN (AP) — 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.