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 Bilan, Ani Lorak, Simon Mathew and Pirates of the Sea.
Our thoughts are with her family, friends and fans.