Friday, March 21, 2014

Italian Nun Wows Audience and Judges on Italy's "The Voice"

Suor Cristina Scuccia
This story has a twist on the "Informed Catholic Voter" moniker. It's about informed voters voting for a Catholic. And not just any Catholic, but a Catholic nun. An Italian Catholic nun. A singing Italian Catholic nun. (No, not Sally Fields as "the Singing Nun" from my childhood, nor Whoopie Goldberg in "Sister Act" from my middle years.) A beautiful, young, happy, singing Italian Catholic nun.

The setting is the Italian version of the TV singing competition show "The Voice." The video of the 25-year-old singing nun is fun to watch, even though it is in Italian and there are no subtitles. You don't really need subtitles, however, to get the gist of what is transpiring between the judges, the nun, and the adoring audience.

Judge J-Ax
Keep an eye on the younger male judge with the hat and the tattoo on his throat that says I will triumph and which features a bat with a skull head. I swear he has tears in his eyes that look like they will come spilling out at any second.

The Atlantic has a full article on the performance and the judges' reactions. But I think watching the video in full will convey the full range of emotion and the gist if what is said.

So here is the video of Sister Cristina Scuccia as seen on You Tube.

Suor Cristina canta "No one" di Alicia Keys.
Si girano tutti e 4 i Coach, in ordine: J-Ax, Noemi, Piero Pelù e Raffaella Carrà.
Sceglie di entrare nel #TEAMJ-AX.
Translation:
Sister Cristina sings "No one" by Alicia Keys.
All 4 Coaches turn, in order: J-Ax, Noemi, Pelù and Raffaella Carra.
She chooses to enter the # TEAMJ-AX.


So, Sister Cristina herself votes to go on J-Ax's team. And it seems she has a lot of voters in the audience who support her already after one performance.

I could end the story here, but that would mean I am leaving out the most beautiful pat of this story. At least it is beautiful to me. Maybe that's because when I was younger I had similar thoughts as I think Sister Cristina was feeling and conveying. She wasn't just singing a popular song for the fun of it. The emotion with which she sang was real. And I think that the reason that there were tears in the eyes of Judge J-Ax was that he realized that Sister Cristina was singing to her Love, Jesus Christ. Here are the lyrics to the Alicia Keys song "No One."

"No One"

I just want you close
Where you can stay forever
You can be sure
That it will only get better

You and me together
Through the days and nights
I don't worry 'cause
Everything's going to be alright
People keep talking they can say what they like
But all I know is everything's going to be alright

No one, no one, no one
Can get in the way of what I'm feeling
No one, no one, no one
Can get in the way of what I feel for you, you, you
Can get in the way of what I feel for you

When the rain is pouring down
And my heart is hurting
You will always be around
This I know for certain

You and me together
Through the days and nights
I don't worry 'cause
Everything's going to be alright
People keep talking they can say what they like
But all I know is everything's going to be alright

No one, no one, no one
Can get in the way of what I'm feeling
No one, no one, no one
Can get in the way of what I feel for you, you, you
Can get in the way of what I feel

I know some people search the world
To find something like what we have
I know people will try, try to divide, something so real
So till the end of time I'm telling you there ain't no one

No one, no one
Can get in the way of what I'm feeling
No one, no one, no one
Can get in the way of what I feel for you

Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh [x2]


Amen! Good luck, Sister Cristina!
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