Laura Pausini, Alessandro Cattelan and Mika will host the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 in Torino and the news will be officially announced during the Sanremo Festival in early February. That’s according to Italian news agency Adnkronos, which cites “well-informed sources.”
Rumours have swirled about all three of the stars for months. If Adkronos has it right, singer Laura and TV host Alessandro have already signed their contracts. Mika, who has repeatedly denied his involvement, is said to be poised to sign his contract imminently.
The official announcement is expected to come on the second night of Sanremo — that’s 2 February — because Laura is scheduled to appear as a special guest that evening, as you can read on the Italian-language web site EuroFestival News.
Eurovision 2022 hosts: Laura Pausini, Alessandro Cattelan and Mika
Back in December, Dagospia reported that Laura — among the best-known Italian artists in the world — was a hot favourite to host. She has won pretty much every major award you can think of — including an MTV Italian Music Award, Grammy Awards, Latin Grammy Awards, and Billboard Latin Music Awards.
She broke onto the scene by winning the newcomer’s section of the 43rd Sanremo Festival in 1993 with her debut single “La solitudine”. Her 2006 album Io canto was the best-selling album of the year in Italy.
You may remember that Laura performed her Oscar-nominated song “Io Si/Seen” at the 2021 Oscars pre-show.
Eurovision would fit in with her continued push on the international scene. As the paper reported, she’ll star in a film for Amazon later this year that she conceived herself.
“I was looking for something innovative in the scripts, but I didn’t feel the urge to tell myself. Then I realized there was one thing I wanted to share. I’ll try to tell it as honestly as possible,” she’s teased.
Back in September, Rai 1’s director Stefano Coletta confirmed that Rai was in negotiations with Alessandro Cattelan to host the contest.
“I’m talking with Alessandro Cattelan also about Eurovision. As you know at this time Rai is focused on the city. The first communicative act that Rai will shortly provide you with. Then later there will be the work on who will represent and tell us about this event, but before you ask me, I’ve been talking about it for a few months with Alessandro, because there is also some technical work needed there. It’s not only the TV code, which is functional, but also skills, and one must have experienced a bit of that international stuff, that speed of storytelling that goes beyond the local and towards the global. For me, Alessandro can really be an important value for Rai”.
Cattelan, who is hosting Da grande, is very keen on the idea of hosting Eurovision.
“Eurovision would certainly be a great opportunity that, if it happens, would mean having to thank a lot of people because it would be a concatenation of lucky events. From Maneskin’s victory, from Maneskin’s choice at Sanremo, from Maneskin’s discovery at X Factor, from Marta Donà taking them all the way there.”
Cattelan presented X Factor and his manager is Marta Donà, who previously managed the Eurovision winning band.
“I would be almost a consequence of what has happened in recent months. It would definitely be a nice opportunity because my path started in those contexts, with MTV, the big MTV awards were the closest thing to Eurovision there is.”
In October, Mika and his team denied — for a second time in as many weeks — that he’d be hosting Eurovision.
The denial came in an interview published by the French newspaper Le Journal du dimanche, after a journalist asked Mika once again if the rumour is true.
Mike appeared to be over it. He said: “I really don’t know what you are talking about. You must have read wrongly — change your glasses!”
It was, of course, a predictable outcome given Mika’s negative opinion about Eurovision. On the most recent edition of X Factor, Mika reinforced this sentiment several times, once calling a singer’s choreography “too Eurovision-y” — in a negative way.
The “Grace Kelly” hitmaker was even worried about competitors on his team choosing Eurovision tracks — yet another sign that his opinion on the song contest has not changed since he previously told French journalists that “most of the songs sent to the competition are shameful, they are pure s**t!”
Mika is a well-known performer and personality in Italy. Besides serving as a mentor on the Italian version of X Factor, he’s also starred in the popular variety series Stasera Casa Mika. It was a critical success, winning the Rose d’Or Award for Entertainment.
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