ITALY – Italian broadcaster Rai has revealed the hosts of the 66th Eurovision Song Contest to be Laura Pausini, Alessandro Cattelan and Mika. The talented trio will host both Semi-Finals and the Grand Final taking place on Tuesday 10, Thursday 12 and Saturday 14 May respectively.
The exciting news was announced during the Wednesday evening broadcast of Italy’s Sanremo Music Festival when all three presenters took to the stage together with host Amadeus just before a live link with Eurovision Host City Turin where a countdown clock had been projected onto the iconic Mole Antonelliana.
Speaking to EL PERIODICO, Laura Pausini said:
When you were 18 years old, you won the Sanremo Festival in the Novitá category. What surprised you the most about that moment and about your beginnings in the music industry? Did those beginnings scare you?
Honestly, it didn’t scare me. I was still a child, because being 18 years old in 1993 is not like now, and what surprised me is that everyone who worked with me in the world of entertainment and music was very old men. I felt very small. I was a little afraid that I wouldn’t be able to be in the talks and make myself heard. At that time, I was shy with those people, although I never was in character. I must thank the crazy part of me that has always given me the courage to continue in situations where I was insecure or shy.
You will present the next edition of the Eurovision Song Contest in Turin. Do you remember that moment when RAI offered you this project?
Yes. I was at home when they proposed it to me and I remember that I didn’t know what to say. At first, I laughed wondering if it was true, but I immediately said yes. In Italy I have presented some television programs, but about my career or about my music. It’s also a bit different from all the experiences I’ve had through my talents. I’ve done a lot of television actually and I’ve always had a lot of fun I’ve been involved in all the projects in a way that I’ve been very passionate about. I think that this proposal has come at a very correct moment for me because after 29 years of career with so many songs and experience. I needed something new and difficult, because, in addition, it is in English. It’s a challenge and I love having them in front of me. Also, I will be with two friends that I respect and adore a lot like Mika and Alessandro Cattelan.
It is the most important music festival in the world. How does Laura Pausini prepare for this challenge?
When it comes to preparing a concert or an album, normally I don’t prepare myself much on an artistic level in the sense that I think that everything that is art is instinct. So I prepare myself more physically to leave to be strong and to go on tour for a year. In this case, what worries me most is the fact of presenting everything in English. Obviously, I know how to speak English, but I’ve never done that on a television show with three very important galas. I am reviewing and doing various meetings with the team and my other colleagues.
Another difficult thing is that I can’t talk about the contestants. It’s a weird thing because I’ve already listened to several songs, all of them actually, and I have my favorites, but I can’t talk about it, but I will. I want to respect everything that they are asking me and behave very professionally with everyone.
After Eurovision 2022, would you like to host the Sanremo Festival or the Benidorm Fest in Spain?
I have been asked to host the Sanremo Festival several times and so far I have not accepted because it would screw it up (laughs), especially in Italy because I am very afraid of doing things wrong. I don’t know why but I feel much calmer when I do something about myself. Surely, it would be an honour to do the Sanremo Festival or the Benidorm Fest, but after Eurovision, I would like to dedicate myself to the projects that have been waiting for me for two years because of covid.
For example, on June 11 I will have a concert in Italy with 100,000 spectators dedicated to the fight against violence against women. That event is very important to me since I haven’t done concerts since 2019. It’s my comeback, so after the festival, I will dedicate myself exclusively to that. I also can’t wait to write a new album. I’m way behind on that, but I’d like to have plenty of time after I submit the contest for that.
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