They say you should never judge a book by its cover. Well now you can say you should never judge a nun by her habit. Meet Suor Cristina Scuccia, a 25-year-old nun who really does know how to sing, and we don’t just mean hymns. A Sicilian by birth she now lives in Milan and is an Orsolina nun of the Holy Family. This video is taken from the Italian version of the worldwide hit television show, The Voice. If you have not seen the program before, don’t worry, its format is very simple. Judges are not allowed to cast their eyes on a contestant before they decide if that contestant should continue in the competition, with that judge hoping to act as a mentor. That will help explain why the program is called The Voice, as appearance is not as important as the sound of any artist and the judges can’t thus be swayed by an artist’s appearance.
Perhaps now you will understand the reaction on the judges faces when they begin to hear a really gutsy performance of Alicia Keys’ hit No One, as clearly Suor Cristina has a quite remarkable voice. But put yourself in the shoes, or seat, of the judges. Hearing that voice alone, what sort of image would you conjure up in your mind of the singer? Perhaps someone big and brassy, someone with attitude and a really powerful image? It would make sense as her rendition of the song, to us, is actually better and more powerful than Alicia Keys’ version. What fun it is then to see the reaction of each and every judge as they decide to keep her in the competition, which then allows them to finally see who is singing! For those of you who don’t speak Italian, we’re pretty confident you won’t need an interpreter to understand just how impressed all the judges were with Suor Cristina. Move over Julie Andrews and the Sound of Music, you’ve got some tough competition on your hands now!
At the end of this October Suor Cristina released her first single which is perhaps a rather controversial choice. She has covered Madonna’s hit Like a Virgin. With nearly one million views in just one day on YouTube we think this remarkable nun has been far from forgotten since she made such an impact on The Voice of Italy seven months ago.