|Sister Cristina Scuccia sings her way to victory|
on Italy's version of "The Voice"
That's the show that begins the season when judges listen to singers with their backs to the performer, so they can't make assumptions based on their looks.
If the judges like what they hear, they press a button, their chairs turn and they face the singer.
The season progresses from there until one singer is crowned the champion
In this case, we have good news from Italy this morning: Sister Cristina Scuccia was the big winner!
And good for her!
She got a recording contract with Universal.
According to Variety, this was Scuccia's reaction to the win:
"My presence here is not up to me, it's thanks ot the man upstairs," she said before reciting the Lord's Prayer onstage."
Variety said Scuccia is a member of the Ursuline Sisters of the Holy Family, and was inspired to audition for The Voice by Pope Francis, who wants people to "get out onto the streets" in his call for the Catholic Church to come closer to the common people and their everyday lives.
At the same time, she's helping us understand that many Catholic priests and nuns really do want to make the world a better place. And they can have fun.
As proof, here's this great video of a "battle round" in the voice in which Scuccia sings with another contestant to see who can do a better job with Cindi Lauper's classic, awesome song "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.
The video is wonderful. Love the contrast between Scuccia and the other contestant. Watch: