Televised Talent: Something Completely Different

By Diane Smith | Staff Writer Published:

And now for something COMPLETELY different.

The Voice in the USA has had Celine Dion's vocal director and people who sang back up for Alicia Keys, Michael Jackson and Jimmy Cliff.

But they have nothing on The Voice of Italy, which featured The Singing Nun.

That's right, a NUN. A nun with a voice that made all 4 chairs turn and who clearly had a sense of humor, telling the judges she was waiting for a call from Pope Francis to give her permission.

Suor Cristina Scuccia, 25, a nun with the Ursuline Sisters of the Holy Family, danced on stage, moving feet clad in her traditional, sensible shoes, and decked in traditional Catholic garb. Behind stage, four nuns from her community and her parents cheered her on.

The first judge to turn was J-Ax, an Italian rapper, who suggested that if she gave a concert in church, it would bring enough donations to pay the taxes. The blonde judge, Raffaella Carrà, a singer, television presenter and actress, did most of the interviewing, saying that J-Ax "can't call you dude, as he normally does." The other judges were Piero Pelù, described by Carrà as "the rocker," and Noemi, "the lady of the blues."

Suor Cristina told the judges she is from Sicily and came on the show because she wanted to share her talent.

"I have a gift, and I am giving it to you," she replied. "Shouldn't things be this way?"

J-Ax made an impassioned plea for the nun to choose his team, saying the two of them would make a combination of opposites like sweet and sour.

"Me and you are invincible, you know why?" he said. "We together are the Devil and the Holy Water. You have to choose me. You must choose me."

The lady of the blues told the nun that they had a lot in common.

"I am the Holy Water, like you," she said. "We are a flawless duo. Don't choose those devils."

Carrà asked the nun what the Vatican thought of her auditioning.

"Listen, I don't really know," she replied. "I am waiting for Pope Francisco to call me on the phone."

But she said her appearance was in line with the Pope's call to evangelism.

"He always says we should go out and evangelize," she said, "Saying God doesn't take anything from us, but will give us more. I am here for this."

The rocker, meanwhile, appealed to the nun by saying she had the same name as his mother.

"Imagine what it would be like if you joined my team," he said. "Pope Francesco will chase us everywhere."

In the end, the nun chose to combine "the devil and the holy water" because the rapper was the first to turn his chair.

Here is the whole exchange. Be sure your English subtitles are on if you don't speak Italian.

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