The Voice of Italy has just ended, and the winner is Sister Cristina Scuccia, aka the Italian singing nun. She became a worldwide sensation during her participation in the contest, even as the public argued about her liturgical attire. The 25-year-old Cristina managed to win the trophy with 62% of the Italian vote, making her fellow nuns paint the town red. Bravisimo! And Amen!

And what could be the link between The Voice of Italy and Eurovision? The winner of this contest has the right to represent Italy at Eurovision. So, if everything goes as planned and Cristina assents, we will see the nun singing for Italy in Austria in 2015! After winning, Cristina thanked the God for his help and persuaded everyone in the studio to pray «Padre Nostro»:

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Emma Marrone, the Italian representative this year, stated that the nun’s success was “an insult to showbusiness” because she is not talented enough. Many Italians also argued that Cristina Scuccia won mainly because of the televoting, which is common in The Voice series throughout Europe. Here is a controversial tweet from The Voice of Italy, reffering to Emma.

Look how she does “showbiz”

The nun from Sicily has been singing since 14, and in the final show she sang Noa’s “Beautiful That Way” and “Lungo la riva”, an Italian pop song.

Here is her outstanding performance:

Photo: AP

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Evan Camilleri
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Evan Camilleri

It seems also Malta are pointing to have a group of 6 nuns!!

Just being honest
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Just being honest

No I think she is angry because Cristina said that she isn’t gonna accept the price of a recording contract after the win. Emma was clearly angered by this because she wasted the opportunity that could’ve gone to someone else that wanted it more.

Francheska
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#TwerkandConvert?

Gil
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Gil

There is a little disinformation here. Suor Cristina said that MAYBE, if her superiors give her permission, she will think of future works in music ambit (like recording a studio album), right now she is back doing what she was doing before The Voice IT, the nun. And I really don’t think that she will participate in Eurovision, for the italian representative wait until Sanremo 2015 😉 The only reason why she participated in The Voice IT is because she wanted to give a message, and she likes to sing. That’s it. About Emma, she said (some days before the… Read more »

Tziki
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Tziki

Emma Marone thinks Cristina is not talented enough?
Pullease Emma, Cristina is a much better singer than you are.

Deven O'Kearney
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Hi Emma

You never know. We had that with Conchita this year. When Conchita Wurst was selected last year for Austria, I thought to myself ”Ah here lads, a bearded lady. It doesn’t matter, Austria will never win Eurovision again anyway.”. But Austria did it and do you know something, it just goes to show that if Austria can win after 48 years of waiting, well then ANY country can win the Eurovision Song Contest.

Emma
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Emma

She would win for sure!

Julian
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Julian

why not to participate? she should keep her nun habit too… because Eurovision is the one place where there is never discrimination

Jn
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Jn

Yes we do want to see this nun representing Italy….wow…12 points from malta!

Renske ten Veen
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Would be great fun! 🙂

Alex
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Alex

If the contest is really about singing, then just like for Conchita, her musical capabilities should not be judged primarily on her appearance. We can complain about the excitement over the unusual case of being a nun performing in the attire she’s sworn a devotion to wear, but let’s not lose sight of what actually matters. Whether she should’ve won the Voice, I don’t know; I didn’t actually watch anybody else’s performances so I can’t judge that. I listened to Lungo la riva – she’s a fine singer, full of passion and enthusiasm. Her voice is light in quality, not… Read more »

Deno
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Deno

the winner of The Voice doesn’t represent Italy, where did you see that?

Not sure if i want to see her in Eurovision, the contest will become an even bigger farce after Conchita’s victory although the singing nun sings very well so she will need a strong song in half italian half english. At least, Italians will be interested to watch Eurovision for once!

ESCaddict
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ESCaddict

BTW my comment is not a criticism of Billy’s blog. I don’t want a novelty act like a singing nun taking the place of a real act.

ESCaddict
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ESCaddict

I have as much interest in a singing nun as I do in Deven’s private life. Don’t waste my time.

Charles
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Charles

A joke can be fun and entertaining for a short period of time… if one starts telling it over and over again it just loses its fun … and this is what I think about this nun. It just had her moment, it was fun … but seeing people wanting her to be in Eurovision is just ridiculous. The show is regaining musical credibility, still there is huge desire to make it kitschier and more pathetic like it never was … plus: wanting that pathetic to be claimed as a winner. Mocking Eurovision is just not fun…

Huh
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Huh

I knew people here would include Vatican in their comments here…

Deven O'Kearney
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Find me on Twitter at Deven O’Kearney

Deven O'Kearney
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Hi Padraig Thanks for that man. My exams are going well and when I am finished I will be working on my new national final selection process. It will beck called Eirevision and it will be held in the RDS Simmonscourt (Capacity of 6,000). Like Melodifestivalen it will have other countries vote for our songs. But the viewers in Europe will watch the show AND vote for the Irish representative to Eurovision. Ireland will not get a say in who we select. The winner will represent Ireland at ESC , a promo tour around Europe and a E3,000,000 recording contract… Read more »

Padraig Muldoon
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@Deven sorry for being abrupt. Robyn’s expressed my thoughts much clearer and better. Do you know that when you’re posting comments there is an option to insert a website. Instead of leaving it blank, maybe put in your twitter or facebook. That way people can get in touch with you to talk about the Junior Cert, holidays etc. And that leaves more room for discussion on Eurovision here (of course the occasional bout of randomness is always welcome too).

Oh and good luck in the rest of your exams 🙂

BE
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BE

And what could be the link between The Voice of Italy and Eurovision? Tradition has it that the winner of this contest has the right to represent Italy at Eurovision.

Exactly. And the king of Sweden traditionally decides and announces Sweden’s song on Christmas Eve, while Norway usually decides by arranging a ten minutes competition as a part of the half-time show of the women’s national handball cup final.

AndreaIT
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AndreaIT

In fact Sanremo’s winner (or a contestant – Nina Zilli didn’t win Sanremo-) usually represent Italy, The Voice started last year, the winner was Elhaida Dani but Italy was represented by Emma.

Marcelo N
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This young lady has actually made some good progress; it takes just listening to her audition, something fom the first weeks and this Final song now. Not outstanding of course, but given her voice is very pure and clear it makes most songs sound nice and fresh. That said, I’m reluctant to welcome this sort of “overlapping” between the Church (any church, I must say) and purely secular entertainment. Dunno… smells fishy. She should definitely drop the habit for the ESC stage, and that would have her kicked out of the Church. Too much of a mish-mash for my liking.… Read more »

Robyn Gallagher
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Deven – this is a public forum so it’s perhaps not the best place to have a personal chat, especially one that’s totally off topic. Are you guys friends on Facebook? That might be a better place to talk.

Easpag
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Easpag

Ooh, shots fired

Deven O'Kearney
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Hi Padraig

Calm down man. I was talking to Easpag, not you. So PLEASE but out Padraig.

Padraig Muldoon
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@Deven you do realise that the whole internet now potentially knows your holiday plans. Also, how do they relate to the singing Italian nun. Are you planning on taking a detour to visit her?

Duff
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Duff

I agree with Easpag…since when has Italy traditionally used The Voice?

Deven O'Kearney
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Hi Easpag

How’s things? I am just back from doing my holiday shopping in Blanchardstown Shopping Centre (I live in Lucan) for going to Malaga in Spain in 3 weeks and 6 days!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 😀 So yeah, my Maths paper 1 exam went really well so I am pleased with myself so far. 😀

Are you off anywhere this summer?

escspain
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escspain

She should represent the Vatikan and the pope as spokesperson jeje

Branko
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Branko

I think she would do well due to Televoting… media hype like Verka 2007, Russia 2012, Austria 2014…

Easpag
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Easpag

Waaaaait just a second, what do you mean the winner of The Voice traditionally represents Italy? I though the winner of Sanremo represented Italy?

Thiefo
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Thiefo

She would be a novelty act if she indeed goes to ESC, that’s for sure. It would be amusing to see Conchita handing over the trophy to a nun, if she manages to win! 😛
That being said, I don’t think she’s anything special musically speaking, not the best voice I’ve heard, or anything memorable for that matter, beyond the habit.
But yeah, as Easpag said, I guess she would need to get rid of the habit to participate doesn’t she?

Tony
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Tony

I think she should represent Vatican City instead! The Vatican is also EBU Member or no?

AndreaIT
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AndreaIT

The voice of Italy started last year, and the winner (Elhaida Dani) didn’t partecipate in Eurovision so I can’t understand the passage about the tradition..I don’t think Suor Cristina will represent my country next ?

AnesBosna
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AnesBosna

”Many Italians also argued that Cristina Scuccia won mainly because of the televoting”

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Really?…

Easpag
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Easpag

She actually won? Aww 🙂
I remember seeing her first audition, but I didn’t think she’d win.

But she’ll have to ditch the habit for Eurovision. No religious content.

MTD
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MTD

Well, after one circus in Copenhagen, why not other in Austria? From the very opposite direction. (facepalm)

Davve
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Davve

yeah that would be great. and she can actually sing!!

emmanuel uk ro
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emmanuel uk ro

i’m sorry, but emma marrone’s performance was so dreadful that i think the nun is actually much better than her

beccaboo1212
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No! Emma is better!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dhani
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no