She’s a winner of Italian Celebrity Big Brother and boasts an Instagram following of almost one million fans. And according to the latest edition of The Sunday World, Alessia Macari has dreams of representing her native Ireland at Eurovision.
Alessia Macari for Ireland at Eurovision 2020?
Speaking to the weekend tabloid, the 25-year-old stated: “A lot of people are linking me to [Eurovision] and it’s something I’d love to do”.
Macari has carved out a successful reality TV career in Italy. She rose to fame on the game show Avanti Un Altro, before winning the inaugural Italian edition of Celebrity Big Brother in 2016. She later competed on the seventh season of the country’s take on Your Face Sounds Familiar in 2018.
Away from TV, Alessia has built up a sizeable Instagram following. At the time of writing, she had a total of 995,678 fans. She’s also dabbled with music, releasing a handful of singles independently. Despite her popularity both onscreen and online, none of these have gained much traction.
Her latest effort from June, “Cambiamo continente”, has only amassed 27,912 YouTube views and 19,395 Spotify streams.
She’s a reality queen in Italy, but Alessia is virtually unknown in Ireland, the country where she grew up. However, her family is renowned for the Macari chain of Italian chip shops which operates throughout Dublin and the surrounding region. Her cousin Virginia appeared on Dublin Housewives, a short-lived Irish knockoff of the Real Housewives franchise.
Ireland at Eurovision 2020
If Alessia is serious about repping Ireland at Eurovision, she should get in touch with RTÉ pronto. Just last week, the broadcaster opened the submission window for both interested performers and songwriters. The cut-off date is Friday 25 October.
Speaking in a press release, the network said: “RTÉ wants to put in place a three year strategy aimed at identifying and encouraging contemporary Irish artists and songwriters with the talent and ambition to compete and succeed in this highly competitive environment. This is a rare and valuable opportunity for artists and songwriters to gain exposure on a global scale. Although we wish to encourage and identify promising new talent for the future, we do require artists to have prior experience of performing in public in front of large crowds. Confidence and attitude are definite advantages.”
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