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Published February 13, 2013 by Tony


Fabio Fazio and Luciana Litizzetto

Also this year the “Sanremo Song Festival” got the start yesterday night, the famous Italian song festival which sees the competition among some acclaimed Italian singers (Big) together some new talents (Rookie).
Sanremo, the city of flowers, in the past years gave at the festival a lot of bouquets for the scene design, but this tradition has slowly weakened and now the stage is completely devoid of flowers.
Since the artistic direction of the program is entrusted to the conductor, each year there are changes and additions to the anchorman himself.
This year, the presenters of the festival are a couple who for years is presenting a famous cultural program on one of the national network, called “Che tempo fà“, Fabio Fazio and Luciana Litizzetto, who also is a comedian and a writer.
Many novelties this year, five instalments, and during the first one the Big have proposed two new songs and at the same time the verdict, resulting by spectators and a jury of quality’s votes, chose which of the two songs had to continue the race.Bar rafaeli
Seven singers in the first night and seven in the second, and also this year there are international guests such as the supermodel Bar Rafaeli, Asaf Avidan, Carla Bruni, Antony & The Johnsons, Andrea Bocelli and the dancer Lutz Foster, aside from some Italian celebrity.
In the third live-kermesse,  the 8 rookies will perform with an direct vote by public and jury that must choose songs that pass the turn.
The fourth night is dedicated to the history of the Festival of Sanremo during which each of the Big will sing an old song (out of race) that has made the history of these 63 years of the festival, and during the show also will be decreed, by 50% televoting and 50 % of the jury’s votes, the winner among the debuting singers still in the race.
The 14 Big will perform again Saturday night (February 16), the last show day, when the winning song for this 2013 edition of the Sanremo Festival will be chosen.


(Read here for the next post about SanRemo)


Published February 16, 2012 by Tony

A show of beautiful legs in Sanremo Festival

Last night, Belen Rodriguez had shown on Sanremo Festival stage a screaming placket, while the night before Elisabetta Canalis, instead, showed her beautiful legs below an elegant gown by Atelier Versace. Belen and Elizabeth had taken the place of the model Ivana Mrazova that because a neck pain was not able to participate in the first two evenings of the show. Here’s some photograph:

Belen Rodriguez Then someone arose the trash question whether or not Belen was dressing lingerie.
Belen Rodriguez Here she wears a dress by Alberta Ferretti, with a full skirt and a very tight bodice which makes us appreciate her abundant breast.
Elisabetta Canalis Elisabetta Canalis
Ivana Mrazova Ivana Mrazova
Elisabetta and Belen at Sanremo festival Elisabetta and Belen on stage.


Published February 4, 2012 by Tony


It’s a long time that Italian media devote space to the next “Italian Song Festival” or simply Sanremo as we call it (because taking place in the city of Sanremo). The singing event that has reached its sixty-second edition, this year will run for five evenings, and will compete fourteen known Italian singers or bands (category Big) and eight promising new singers (Youth category). The show will take place February 14 to 18. On Thursday there will be an evening dedicated to Italy with the participation of several international guests, while contending for the final will be only ten singers.
In the past Sanremo became famous in Europe (broadcasted in Eurovision) and in the world because in the early editions every participant could be in pairs letting a foreign singer song his/her song. One of the first was Paul Anka in 1965, but many others as:

Ben and King, Springfield, Timi Yuro, Petula Clark, The Minstrels, Gene Pitney, Pat Boone, Dionne Warwich, Sonny & Cher, Wilson Picket, Tony Renis, Shirley Bassey, Lara St.Paul, Luis Armstrong, Sacha Distel, Antoine, Rocky Roberts, Stevie Wonder, Mal, Roberto Carlos.

Furthermore, as an icon of Italian music and entertainment, the festival hosted and still hosts each year VIPs and artists known around the world, and on the stage of the Ariston theatre in Sanremo have passed many famous people. Among those foreigners I can mention:
Mick Jagger, Julio Iglesias, Jacky James, Ester Philips, Suzi Quatro, Barry White, John Miles, Asha Puthli, ,Village People, Grace Jones, , Bonnie Tyler, Demis Roussos, Tina Turner, Kate Bush, Charles Aznavour, Barry White, Dire Straits, Robert Palmer, America, Van Halen, Marianne Faithfull, Village People, Gloria Gaynor, Johnny Hallyday, Queen, Paul Young, Randy Crawford, David Knopfer, Steven Schlacks,  Duran Duran, Luis Miguel (he only was 15 year old), Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Sade, Spandau Ballet,  Sam Harris, Phil Collins, Drum Theatre, Sting, Whitney Houston, Bob Geldof, Annie Lennox, Paul Mc Cartney, Brian Ferry, Joe Cocker, Manhattan Transfer,  Bon Jovi, Robbie Robertson, Art Garfunkel, Charles Aznavour, Elton John, Ray Charles, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Boy George, Chico Buarque De Hollanda, Sandie Shaw, Tracie Spencer, Simply Red, Ofra Haza, Juan Manuel Serrat, Europe, Rod Stewart, Madonna, Bruce Springsteen, Take That, Bono, Sting, Tina Turner, Ricky Martin, Areosmith, Faith Hill, Anastacia, Antonio Banderas
and many others. This year should come Stevie Wonder too.
As with the previous edition, to present the show this year will be the famous singer Gianni Morandi accompanied, as usually,  by famous and attractive international showgirls or models. (I remember: Ira Furstemberg, Brigitte Nielsen, Cannelle, Claudia Koll, Eva Herzigova, Isabel Russinova, Michelle Hunziker, Iris Peynado, Belén Rodríguez, Andrea Osvart, Elisabetta Canalis, Ivana Mrazova).

Although over time this festival has lost verve, it remains an important event in the history of Italian music that launched Italian singers who later became famous as: Tony Renis, Adriano Celentano, Claudio Villa, Gianni Morandi, Domenico Modugno, Toto Cutugno, Laura Pausini, Vasco Rossi, Andrea Bocelli, Eros Ramazzotti, Mina, Giorgia, Elisa …..