Ciao Raffaella.

Italian legend Raffaella Carrà passed away on Monday aged 78. A huge fan of the Eurovision Song Contest — and a woman very much loved by Eurovision fans — she was Italy’s first spokesperson after their return to Eurovision in 2011. She was also highly tipped to be involved in Eurovision 2022. She passed away following a long-term illness.

Her long-term partner, Sergio Iapino, said: “Raffaella has left us. She has gone to a better world, where her humanity, her unmistakable laugh and her extraordinary talent will shine forever.”

Raffaella Carrà was an icon of the 70s, and was extremely popular in Italy, Spain, France, Latin America and other countries in Europe. She was both a singer and a TV host, and she even hosted Spain’s national selection for Eurovision 2008, Salvemos Eurovisión.

It was not her only touchpoint with Eurovision. In 2011, when Italy came back to the contest, she worked double duty as the commentator and the spokesperson.

A career of over 40 years took her all around the globe. Raffaella was responsible for a number of songs that are now part of life’s soundtrack for many generations of Italians and Spaniards, who were among her most ardent fans.

In 1978, Carrà enjoyed chart success in the UK too with her song “Do It, Do It Again.” It reached No 9 and spent 12 weeks on the chart.

Carrà presented various programs in Spain related to the European competition. 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 BilanAni LorakSimon Mathew and Pirates of the Sea.

Our thoughts are with her family, friends and fans.

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Ffs
Ffs
2 months ago

So so sad …. she was iconic and we will always remember her

dade
dade
2 months ago

as for many Italians, to me Raffa nazionale seemed to be immortal, always there, with her unique laugh, her energy, her love… and she will keep being it <3

Somebody
Somebody
2 months ago

Unbelievable. All in the midst of discussing her being an almost-guaranteed host for the next contest.

Rest in peace.

Last edited 2 months ago by Somebody
IPIESC
IPIESC
2 months ago

No Way :(…

Héctor
Héctor
2 months ago

I was so sad to hear that yesterday, and shocked too. I thought we could have her in Eurovision as the Green Room host.

RIP

Gippa
Gippa
2 months ago

Raffaella, I’ll really miss you, I’m very heartbroken, I couldn’t believe it yesterday.
Icon, legend, open-minded, beautiful, intelligent, gracious, joyful, and with a big big heart.
RIP

Heartbeater
Heartbeater
2 months ago

I am speechless</3 another legend gone I am devastated as I hope she would have something at Eurovision 2022 RIP legend

Héctor
Héctor
2 months ago

Sad, sad news.

Hyunwoo
Hyunwoo
2 months ago

We will not forget you Raffaela, we will love your songs forever!

Kirby
Kirby
2 months ago

Devastated. Heartbroken. Shocked. She was a gargantuan iconic star living on earth.

Darren
2 months ago

This is devastating.
I was really hoping that she would have hosted the contest next year. She was such a key figure in getting Italy to come back in 2011 after a long absence. Italy ….actually no, …the world has lost an icon today. Condolences to her family.
RIP Rafaella Carra,
do it again, with love

Darren
2 months ago
Reply to  Darren

Not understanding why I’m downvoted.

Kirby
Kirby
2 months ago
Reply to  Darren

Don’t get engaged. There will always be people who doesn’t have a clue about the real sense of their lives. You just keep enjoying everything as if it were the first time.

Sot
Sot
2 months ago
Reply to  Darren

Haters gonna hate, even in a comment section that deserves no downvotes whatsoever

Darren
2 months ago
Reply to  Sot

Thanks everyone x

Sot
Sot
2 months ago

I honestly have no words. Truly heartbreaking. I learned that on the unofficial ESC discord server and I. Was. Shocked. It’s still a sweet coincidence that she lived through Italy’s 3rd ever victory that she had been waiting for for so long! Fly high Raffaella…

Ria van de Velde
Ria van de Velde
2 months ago

What a sad news. I liked Rafaella Carra very much as singer. My condoleances to her family and friends

Roo
Roo
2 months ago

Well she may not have lived to host Eurovision but she did see an Italian win. So sad to see this news.

xelx
xelx
2 months ago

She was amazing, her death has been felt throughout Spain as well. Some kind of tribute to her during ESC 2022 would be lovely.

Sot
Sot
2 months ago
Reply to  xelx

Absolutely! Like what they did with Lys Assia in 2017

Vincenzo
Vincenzo
2 months ago

Stefano Coletta, director of Rai1, confirmed he was thinking to her as host of next Sanremo and Eurovision 2022. I believe, if I remember correctly, she did host Sanremo years ago. But maybe I am wrong. A great loss. Just last year and the year before she hosted a very funny question and answer show on Rai3. The most funny episode was Raffaella Carrà interviewing the other famous italian star, Loretta Goggi (singer, actress, tv host, imitator) on a golf court, with Raffaella Carrà driving the golf cart with Goggi sitting beside. They were having a lot of fun. Memorable… Read more »

Last edited 2 months ago by Vincenzo
Euan Crabb
Euan Crabb
2 months ago

Deeply saddening news! Rafaella was clearly a vibrant personality who clearly loved life and I think would have a wonderful host for next years Eurovision such a sad day for all our Italian followers.

Johann
Johann
2 months ago

Not to mention she was one of the 20th century’s greatest gay icons

WannaEatMySpaghetti
WannaEatMySpaghetti
2 months ago

I don’t know a lot about her but the few seconds wphen she gave italy’s points during ESC 2011. I loved her and the way she was acclaimed by the public. RIP Raffaella. The world will remember you.

Edu
Edu
2 months ago

Really hope for a tribute in Eurovision 2022 of Raffaella.
RIP angel, fly high. You will always be in my heart.
Much love to all the Italians from Buenos Aires Argentina.

Jacob S
Jacob S
2 months ago
Reply to  Edu

oh they most definitely will!

steve rossi
steve rossi
2 months ago

Raffaella, rimarrai sempre nei nostri cuori.

Nikko
Nikko
2 months ago

I know it is totally off-topic but Mélovin (Ukraine 2018) had his coming-out during a concert but producers cutted the scene out.

Last edited 2 months ago by Nikko
ROXELANA
ROXELANA
2 months ago
Reply to  Nikko

Was it really necessary under this post?

Nils
Nils
2 months ago

R.I.P.

dinamo
dinamo
2 months ago

Rest in peace this extraordinary star that now shines in heaven. Here in Mexico so many grew up with her songs, her TV programs that she made here and in South America and Spain. She had that special gift, when you saw her in TV you were happy, no matter how bad was your day. We will miss her very much…

Rasmus Bording Irlind
Rasmus Bording Irlind
2 months ago

at least she lived to see italy win again, i’m sure wherever, she’s satisfied

Sucof
Sucof
2 months ago

Raffaella ci manchi tanto!

Lorenzo Celli
Lorenzo Celli
2 months ago

I’m devasted…it’s also thanks to her if my country returned to Eurovision in 2011.
I’ll never forget her energy, her smile.

woof
woof
2 months ago

This is very sad news – to think that a few weeks ago we were wondering if she would host next year’s Eurovision!
I will remember her well, just with her beautiful smile on her face. May she rest in peace.

Edu
Edu
2 months ago
Reply to  woof

So true, really hope for a tribute in Eurovision 2022. I’m sure there will be one in Sanremo.

Euro Fan
Euro Fan
2 months ago

Very sad news… She was a great lady. Condolences… R.I.P.