The organizers of Sanremo 2015 — Italy’s selection contest for Eurovision 2015 — have gone big. We already know that superstars Lara Fabian and Nina Zilli will compete. And now we know that the lineup of hosts will be equally star-studded. Just like ORF in Austria, producers in Italy have gone for a trio: Italy’s Eurovision 2014 singer Emma Marrone, Sanremo’s 2014 winner Arisa, and television presenter Carlo Conti. Conti will be the main host, while Emma and Arisa will each serve as a “vallette”—essentially an assistant female presenter. We are excited to see Emma, who already has an amazing singing career, try something new.
While the choice was relatively well-received, fellow television presenter Maria de Filippi is dubious about how well the girls will be able to host:
I don’t think it’s offensive to call the girls “vallette”. After all, the real host is Carlo. Emma and Arisa did win Sanremo, and it’s nice that they have been chosen, but I would advise them to stay ten steps behind Carlo. In any case, their work is one another’s and they should not be too afraid of making mistakes.
Hmmm, catty much, Maria? We don’t care! We know Emma and Arisa will shine on stage.
Emma won Sanremo in 2012 with the song “Non è l’inferno” (It Ain’t Hell), while Arisa placed second with “La notte” (Night).
Arisa later won Sanremo in 2014 with the song “Controvento” (Against the Wind), while Emma went to Eurovision with “La Mia Città”.