MILAN — 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,” 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 Friday, 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.
After winning, Scuccia, 25, thanked “all those who have helped me in this difficult period,” including sisters from her order who have sat in the audience during each appearance with joyful smiles.
She reserved her final thanks “for the one up there,” and insisted on reciting the Lord’s Prayer after winning, inviting the audience and a skeptical panel of judges to join her.
”I want Jesus to enter here,” she said.
Scuccia auditioned on the show in March singing an Alicia Keys number, “No One,” which has since been viewed by at least 50 million on YouTube. “