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Nun who wowed The Voice of Italy becomes waiter in Spain | Italy

A nun who became a singing sensation after winning the Italian version of The Voice has again stunned TV viewers after announcing she kicked the habit and is now a waiter in Spain.

Sister Cristina Scuccia, from Sicily, shocked judges, including the late Raffaella Carrà, during her blind audition for the show in 2014, with a riveting performance of Alicia Keys’ hit No One. After realizing the incredible voice belonged to a nun, Carrà, who died last year, said: “I couldn’t speak for minutes.”

Scuccia, who at the time was one of the nuns at the Ursuline Convent of the Holy Family in Milan, won the show that summer with her performance of What a Feeling, the theme song from the movie Flashdance. She later produced an album, which she gave to Pope Francis, of a cover version of Madonna’s Like a Virgin.

Her talent was even praised by some Italian cardinals, but eight years later, 34-year-old Scuccia announced on an Italian talk show on Sunday evening that she had left nunship.

Dressed in high heels and a red pantsuit, with a pierced nose and long dark hair flowing loosely, she told the Verissimo program: “I believe you should listen to your heart with courage. Change is a sign of evolution, but it’s always scary because it’s easier to anchor yourself in your certainties instead of questioning yourself. Is there a right or wrong?”

Scuccia said leaving the nuns — a decision a psychologist helped her come to terms with — didn’t mean she had given up her faith and she was still pursuing her dream of a career in music.

“I chose to follow my heart without thinking about what people would say about me,” she added. “I took a leap of faith and was worried about going under a bridge. I always repeated that to my psychologist.”

Scuccia said she now lives “with a smile” in Spain, where she works as a waiter.

A group of cheerleading nuns were backstage during Scuccia’s audition for The Voice of Italy, and while her participation in the competition was supported by her Mother Superior, she was harshly criticized by more traditional factions of the Italian Catholic Church, especially when she released Like a . Virgin, which was described by Italy’s religious information service as “a reckless and calculated commercial operation”.

“Cristina reached such a high level of fame — she got calls from all over the world — and some criticism, too, that probably left her in a state of confusion,” a church source said.

“Leaving was her own decision, after being on TV so much you might lose the compass a bit. She was young and under a lot of pressure.”

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