6 Jun 2014

Singing nun judged voice of Italy

3:05 pm on 6 June 2014

An Italian nun who became an internet sensation after appearing on Italy's version of television show The Voice has won the final of the talent contest.

Sister Cristina Scuccia, wearing her nun's habit and with a crucifix around her neck, thanked God for her victory on Thursday.

Sister Cristina Scuccia performing in Thursday's final.

Sister Cristina Scuccia performing in Thursday's final. Photo: AFP

The 25-year-old's rendition of Alicia Keys' ballad No One has already received more than 50 million hits on YouTube, the BBC reports.

Sister Cristina said she believed her songs express "the beauty of God".

"My presence here is not up to me, it's thanks to the man upstairs!" she said after being declared the show's winner. "I'm not here to start a career, but because I want to impart a message."

Sister Cristina said she was following Pope Francis's calls for a Catholic Church that is closer to ordinary people. She then recited the Lord's Prayer on stage.

She first impressed judges in a blind audition in the initial stages of the competition in March. Her performances on the show have included a version of Cyndi Lauper's Girls Just Want To Have Fun and Bon Jovi's Livin' On A Prayer.

The nun, whose religious order is based in Milan, said she would happily go back to singing with children in chapel.