Dear Blog Readers —
Mozzarella Mamma is not moving fast enough and I missed the 24 hour news cycle on this one….so you have already probably heard about Italy’s now famous singing nun on the BBC, NPR or in The New York Times– the nun has even gone viral. Nevertheless, this little piece of cheerful news deserves a blog post.
On Thursday night, Sister Cristina Scuccia (pronounced Scoo-Chah) of Sicily blew out all the competition on Italy’s national TV singing competition show and won “The Voice of Italy” earning over 62 -percent of the phone vote.
The spunky 25-year-old nun, dressed in a black habit with black shoes, danced about the stage singing “What a Feeling” from the movie “Flashdance.” I have to admit I was busy poo-poohing the whole story until I pulled up the video of her on YouTube and pretty soon I was dancing around the office myself. That nun’s enthusiasm is contagious! She gives real meaning to the singing nun played by Julia Andrews in “The Sound of Music” and Whoopi Goldberg in “Sister Act.” Just click on the video below and listen to her!
It all started on March 9th when the TV show judges, their chairs turned so they could hear but not see the competitors, were treated to Sister Cristina belting out Alicia Key’s “No One”. At first she moved a bit stodgily, and it was hard not to notice the plain black shoes, thick grey tights, wire-rim glasses and grey cross bouncing on her chest. But as she became steadily more impassioned, her voice booming out the words, the crowd jumped to their feet cheering wildly and the tv camera panned to a group of nuns clapping and moving to the music, huge smiles of pride on their faces. When the judges swirled their chairs around, their mouths fell open in astonishment.
Sister Cristina grew up in Sicily and now lives in a convent in Milan with a group of Orsoline nuns. At a press conference in Milan before the final, Sister Cristina said even if she won she would “never renounce the biggest love of my life, the calling that I have had.”
She gave a sense of her faith to the television audience by leading the crowd in “The Lord’s Prayer” following her victory and pointing upwards to the heavens to indicate who had helped her, and when the photographers asked her to hold up her trophy, she lifted her grey cross instead.
So what will be in Sister Cristina’s future — that will be decided by her superior, Sister Agata. Sister Agata was quoted in today’s Italian daily “La Repubblica” saying, “We are still shaken, we are scared of what is happening. Sister Cristina has a talent that she wished to give to others. But the rest, all the extras, that is something that does not belong to her or to us.”
We shall see.
Trisha is a TV journalist working for AP TV News in Rome. She is married to an Italian and is a Mamma of three.