Nun's Cover of 'Like a Virgin' Gives New Meaning to Madonna's Classic (VIDEO)

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Would you like to try a fun experiment? Try clicking on this video link: turn your sound on, let it play, but don’t look at your computer screen. Maybe just open it in a new tab or something, or look away for a couple minutes. Are you doing it? Are you enjoying the singer’s unique slowed-down cover of Madonna's "Like a Virgin”? Would it surprise you if I told you the singer won Italy's version of The Voice back in March with an amazing rendition of Alicia Keys' "No One”? Yeah, that’s not much of a jaw-dropper, but how about this little factoid: the singer is 26-year-old Cristina Scuccia.

As in Sister Cristina Scuccia, a nun who first received her monastic habit in 2009.


Scuccia pretty much blew the judges away during the blind audition during The Voice of Italy, with her performance receiving more than 50 million views. She went on to win the singing competition and scored a record deal with Universal. Her album Sister Cristina will be out on November 11, and yesterday she published a music video for her lead single: a cover version of “Like a Virgin.”

The video currently has over 300,000 views on YouTube, and it’s pretty impressive. Not only does she have a great voice, but she combined some dramatic black and white scenery of Venice with many, many shots of her habit billowing in the wind.

Check it out:

If it seems a teeny, tiny bit weird to hear that particular song coming from a nun’s mouth, she recently defended her decision to revive the 1985 hit:

Reading the text, without being influenced by previous interpretations, you discover that it is a song about the power of love to renew people [and] rescue them from their past. (...) We have transformed this song from the pop-dance piece, which it was, into a romantic ballad ... something more similar to a lay prayer than to a pop piece.

She would, however, like to know how Madonna reacts to the cover:

I’d like to see her face when they tell her it’s a nun singing.

Good for Scuccia. I’m not sure her style of music is right up my own personal alley, but I admire her talent and her willingness to challenge conventions.

What do you think of this nun’s choice for her first single?

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