Mar 25, 2014 03:48 PM EDT | Louise Burton ( firstname.lastname@example.org)
Singing nuns are everywhere, it seems. Sister Cristina Scuccia recently appeared on the Italian version of The Voice and astonished the judges by singing Alicia Keys' "No One."
The hard-rocking nun gave a very energetic performance of the song, even throwing in a few dance moves.
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She could become Italy's answer to those other singing Sisters, the Benedictines of Mary.
Judges on The Voice of Italy start out listening to each contestant with their backs turned. If they like what they hear, they can turn around.
The first judge to swivel his chair around was Italian rapper J-Ax. The other three judges soon followed. It was priceless to see the astonished look on their faces as they saw a nun in a black habit belting out the song.
The video of her performance has since gone viral, racking up more than 25 million hits:
"Are you really a nun?" Judge Raffaella Carra asked after her performance.
"Absolutely, I am a real nun," 25-year-old Sister Cristina responded. She is from Sicily and is a member of the Ursuline Sisters of the Holy Family.
"What brought you here to The Voice?"
"I have a gift and I'm giving it to you," she said. "Shouldn't things be this way?"
Sister Cristina also said she is on the show to "evangelize."
Apparently, she has already won a convert.
Tattooed rapper J-Ax said, "If I had met you during the mass while I was a child, now I would be Pope! I would surely have attended all the functions."
He contined, "You know, in music, mix works very well, sweet and sour, hugs and hits...me and you are invincible, you know why?"
"We together are the Devil, and the Holy Water," he said, to cheers from the audience.
It was entertaining to watch the judges fighting over her, trying to convince her to join their team.
In the end, J-Ax won out.
Not since Jeanine Deckers, the original "Singing Nun," has a nun captivated so many people with her vocal ability.
Decker's version of "Dominique" reached #1 on the Billboard pop charts in 1963.
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