She wears sensible black shoes, ankle-length grey skirts and her habit has nothing to do with drugs: an Italian nun was the odds-on favourite to clinch the final of The Voice of Italy talent show overnight, reports AFP in Yahoo7.
The wholesome 25-year-old has won over audiences in this predominantly Catholic country with a self-effacing manner and soulful renditions of pop classics including The Time of My Life and Girls Just Want to Have Fun.
Pop star Alicia Keys defined as 'pure energy' the Sicily native's startling debut in March with a cover of her hit No One, which wowed judges and quickly propelled the jiving nun to Internet music fame with more than 50 million clicks on YouTube.
The singing sister has already sung alongside Kylie Minogue and Ricky Martin as she fended off other contestants and she even received an endorsement from actress Whoopi Goldberg -- the star of the 1990s comedy Sister Act where she is a singer playing a nun.
Sister Cristina Scuccia performed a more demure song on Thursday -- Beautiful That Way by Noa, which is the soundtrack to Oscar-winning Life is Beautiful.
'I'm not here to start a career but because I want to impart a message,' Sister Cristina said during the final. 'The idea of a challenge doesn't really fit with my habit but it's helped me grow inside,' she said.
With a musical career looming amid media rumours of a possible impending world tour, Sister Cristina still defines herself a 'humble servant' and ascribes her sudden success to a 'thirst for joy' among viewers.
'Since Pope Francis talks of a Bible of joy I think I'm on the right track,' she said on Wednesday in the run-up to the showdown with three other finalists.
FULL STORY Singing nun favoured in Italian talent show final (AFP/Yahoo7)