The Voice Italy singing nun winner covers 'Like a Virgin' for debut single


Sister Cristina Scucci from Sicily shocked everyone when she stepped onto the stage of The Voice Italy and belted out pop tunes while wearing her black and white habit.

She made the judges turn and won the grand prize with her rendition of Alicia Key's "No One" in March.

Still making heads turn, Sister Scucci's debut album was finally released and the first track released is none other than her cover of Madonna's "Like a Virgin."

Her song choice, she told the Catholic newspaper Avvenire, was selected "without any desire to provoke or scandalize."

The originally upbeat song was made slower in Scucci's version, and it's actually quite impressive. The track is slowed down -- more like a ballad -- and although not many of the sexually suggestive lyrics have been altered, it is still moving though restrained.

Sister Scucci explained that she wanted the message of the song to resonate like a lay prayer and transform it into a romantic ballad in the style of Amos Lee, rather than a pop dance record.

"Reading the text, without being influenced by previous interpretations, you discover that it is a song about the power of love to renew people, to rescue them from their past," said the singing nun.

The official video to Scucci's cover of "Like a Virgin" shows her donning her black habit and a rosary as she walks through Venice -- very much unlike the original Madonna video where the pop queen cavorted under bridges and made her famous pointy bras her signature piece of the decade.

So, who sang it better? Check out how Sister Scucci's rendition of Madonna's "Like a Virgin" measures up to the original:

Scucci's album is set to be released on Nov. 11, and it will also feature other covers such as "Price Tag" by Jessie J., "Fix You" by Cold Play, "Ordinary World" by Duran Duran, and "Somewhere Only We Know" by Keane.

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