Two weeks ago, Italy won the Eurovision Song Contest for the third time in its history, earning the right to host the 2022 event. Several Italian cities — from Rome to Turin via Sanremo and Milan — have already put themselves forward as potential host city. But a choice from host broadcaster RAI is still months away.
Another important knot that’s yet to unravel? Who will host the show next May.
Italy will face an important challenge to definitively erase the memory of the chaotic 1991 edition, presented by the country’s first two Eurovision winners, Gigliola Cinquetti and Toto Cutugno. They spoke almost entirely in Italian and many of their jokes fell flat for the European audience.
RAI will have to choose one or more hosts who can steer viewers through the show, conduct interviews with the competing artists from the green room and guide the voting procedure entirely in English with some parts in French.
Their options are limited: English is not a widely spoken language in Italy. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t people perfectly capable of hosting the event — and with great professionalism and gusto.
Could Alessandro Cattelan or Raffaella Carrà host Eurovision 2022?
One name has been circulating for years as a possible host of Eurovision: Alessandro Cattelan.
The 41-year-old Italian television and radio host became famous in the early 2000s as a veejay on MTV Italia, presenting programs such as Most Wanted and Total Request Live.
In 2011 he moved to Sky Italia to host X Factor, a program that he stuck with through the fourteenth edition in 2020.
He has also hosted E poi c’è Cattelan, a late-night talk show where he interviewed countless Italian and international showbiz personalities including Ed Sheeran, Robbie Williams, James Blunt, Natalie Imbruglia, Andy Garcia and Spike Lee. And all of this in fluent English.
Three months ago Cattelan left Sky to move to RAI, a move that sparked rumours he’d soon land at the Sanremo Music Festival as its next artistic director. But now the Italian broadcaster has to think about Eurovision…and the timing is perfect!
He is, without a doubt, the first person RAI will focus on. Cattelan is managed by LaTarma Management, owned by Marta Donà, who also manages Marco Mengoni, Francesca Michielin and, until a few days ago, Eurovision winners Måneskin.
The rock band, recently interviewed by TV Sorrisi e Canzoni, denied speculation that they’d host the event in 2022, passing the ball to the man who watched them participating in X Factor in 2017.
“Us hosting the contest? No, to each his own, we play music. Better ask Alessandro Cattelan.”
Another important name, which has always been connected to RAI, is that of Raffaella Carrà.
The 77-year-old Italian singer, dancer, television presenter and actress is a popular figure not only in Italy, but also in other parts of Europe and Latin America.
Carrà is a huge fan of the contest. She’s presented various programs in Spain related to the European competition. And in 2008, before Italy had returned to the contest, she had several Eurovision contestants sing on her hit Saturday night program Carràmba! Che fortuna. They included Dima Bilan, Ani Lorak, Simon Mathew and Pirates of the Sea.
Let’s not forget 2011. It was Raffaella herself who provided commentary for the event on Rai2 and she even awarded the Italian points. It was an iconic moment that many fans still remember years later.
As reported by BubinoBlog, the weekly magazine Oggi has revealed that RAI is thinking of having the Italian diva return to Rai1, and have presented her with a number of proposals. Could Eurovision be among them?
Among the other names on the tip of many tongues is Milly Carlucci. Another RAI veteran, she was, for many years, at the helm of Ballando con le stelle, the Italian version of Dancing with the stars. She was recently on air with Il cantante mascherato (The Masked Singer).
A true workaholic, she’s known for the painstaking attention with which she carries out each television project. In addition to Italian, she speaks English, French, Spanish and German.
Italian Eurofans ironically call her the Italian Petra Mede. Perhaps a possible pairing with Alessandro Cattelan will give us “Love, Love, Peace, Peace Part 2”?
What do you think of the rumoured hosts? Who would you like to see hosting Eurovision 2022 in Italy? Tell us in the comment section below!