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Italy’s singing nun wins The Voice

Plus: Melanie Griffith files to divorce Antonio Banderas; Coldplay top Billboard charts.

Sister Cristina Scuccia performs Flashdance ... What a Feeling in the final of Italy's version of The Voice. Marco Bertorello / AFP
Sister Cristina Scuccia performs Flashdance ... What a Feeling in the final of Italy's version of The Voice. Marco Bertorello / AFP

A nun who became an internet star for her pop performances in full habit triumphed at Italy’s version of The Voice on Friday, singing and dancing to a song from the 1980s movie Flashdance. Sister Cristina Scuccia, 25, has fascinated global audiences starting with her first surprise appearance in an audition back in March – singing Alicia Keys’s No One – to her final number, Flashdance ... What a Feeling, that clinched her victory among the last four competitors. She took the title and the Universal record contract with 62 per cent of the votes. – AP

Melanie Griffith files to divorce Antonio Banderas

Melanie Griffith filed for divorce on Friday from Antonio Banderas, her husband of 18 years. Griffith cited irreconcilable differences in the court filing in Los Angeles. The actors have a 17-year-old daughter together. They first worked together on the set of the 1995 romantic comedy Two Much. Banderas, 53, later directed Griffith, 56, in 1999’s Crazy in Alabama. – AP

Coldplay top Billboard charts

Coldplay retained the top spot on the Billboard 200 album chart with their latest record Ghost Stories. The country singer Brantley Gilbert held onto the No 2 spot for a second week with Just As I Am, while Mariah Carey entered the chart at No 3 with her latest album, Me. I am Mariah ... The Elusive Chanteuse. Billboard said it was Carey’s smallest sales opening for a non-holiday album since SoundScan started tracking sales in 1991. – AP