Watch out, Psy. Italy’s singing nun is a hit

2014-03-24 17:58

A 25-year-old nun from Sicily who has recently vowed judges on TV talent show The Voice with her rendition of Alicia Key’s No One has become an international sensation.

Sister Cristina Scuccia’s performance attracted 13 million views in three days. Gangnam Style by South Korean rapper Psy remains the most watched video on YouTube, with almost 2 billion hits, Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera wrote. But when it was first published, it took 18 days – rather than three – to pass the 10-million-hits mark.

By yesterday afternoon, the number of views for Sister Cristina’s video had jumped to over 19 million. The unlikely TV contestant has been praised by Alicia Keys herself. “Now, THAT’S what beautiful, pure energy looks like! Sing it, sister Christina!” the US singer posted on Twitter, along with a link to the nun’s video.

Sister Cristina appeared on The Voice of Italy on Wednesday night.

She told judges that she was happy to share her “gift” with them, and said she was “definitely expecting a call from Pope Francis”.

She said taking part in talent shows was just another way of spreading the Gospel – in line with Francis’ pastoral recommendation for priests to get “dirty” and “bruised,” by reaching out to people in the street. “Who said that a nun cannot perform? It gives out a strong signal if a young woman who has consecrated her life to God continues to do things that any person of my age would do,” Sister Cristina was quoted as saying in another Italian daily, La Repubblica.

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