By Phyllis Stark. CREATED Mar 21, 2014
The judges on the Italian version of “The Voice” got a real surprise when the singer all four judges turned their chairs around for turned out to be a Catholic nun.
Watch their surprised reactions in the video above as each judge hits their button one by one and swivels around to see that it’s 25-year-old Sister Cristina Scuccia of the Sisters of the Holy Family order who’s belting out Alicia Keys' "No One” in her black habit, silver cross and sensible shoes.
As the judges begin to turn, other members of her order are show backstage jumping up and down with joy.
The Huffington Post translates what happens next from Italian to English. “The shocked and impressed judges asked her if she was really a nun, to which she replied, ‘Yes, I am truly, truly, a sister.’”
Italian rapper J-Ax, who is one of the show’s judges, told her, “If I had found you at Mass I would always be in church. You and me are like the devil and holy water."
The judges also asked her what the Vatican would think of her singing, to which she reportedly replied, "I hope that Pope Francis will call me now.”
“A native of Sicily, she arrived at the show accompanied by four sisters from her communities as well as her parents,” according to the Huffington Post, which reports she said, “I came here because I have a gift and I want to share that gift. I am here to evangelize.”