Sister Cristina Scuccia performs during the Italian State RAI TV show final "The Voice of Italy" in Milan on June 5, 2014. The 25-year-old nun is already a talent show sensation thanks to her habit-clad performances but also has on her side the critics, who say her popularity stems from novelty value. AFP PHOTO / MARCO BERTORELLO (Photo credit should read MARCO BERTORELLO/AFP/Getty Images)
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By TIME Video
June 6, 2014

Italy’s version of singing competition The Voice has been won by a surprising candidate — when she isn’t singing on television, Sister Cristina Scuccia is a member of the Ursulan Sisters of The Holy Family in Milan.

The final of The Voice Of Italy was held last night and Sister Cristina’s version of “Livin’ On a Prayer” stole the show, winning her over 62% of the vote.

“My presence here is not up to me, it’s thanks to the man upstairs,” she said, presumably referring to God and not the show’s lighting and sound technicians.

After celebrating her win with a rendition of The Lord’s Prayer, Scuccia also credited her participation to Pope Francis. Francis has called for the clergy to become more involved outside of the church, although it’s not clear if this was what he had in mind.

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