Festival tributes to Carrà, Battiato and Dalla. The artistic director: “There is no Covid in the songs in the competition, we talk about love and carefree themes”
“The choice of the five fantastic women who will be with me on the Ariston stage started from the desire to pay homage to the world of theater, fiction and cinema that has experienced difficult moments in recent months”. So Amadeus commented on the choice of co-hosts at the Sanremo Festival, during the day dedicated to listening to the press of the songs in the competition. «Ornella Muti has about a hundred films on her side, Lorena Cesarini is a very young actress with great energy and is part of my desire to identify someone with a name on the launch pad. We will hear about her – he explained -. Drusilla is a tribute to the theater. A crazy, beloved, intelligent, ironic character: it will be a pleasant discovery for the public. Maria Chiara Giannetta is one of the most popular actresses in this period with Blanca: it is a tribute to the Rai1 fiction. Sabrina Ferilli is ironic, funny, loved by everyone, intelligent. Five actresses to pay homage to this sector that needs to be publicized ».
“Fiorello? But maybe ». Amadeus continues not to dissolve the reservation on the presence or absence of his friend Fiore at the Ariston, with him in the two previous editions of the Festival. During the day dedicated to listening to the press of the songs competing in Sanremo, the artistic director was not unbalanced on the guests who could arrive at the festival, including the names of Marco Mengoni, Laura Pausini, Ultimo.
“I’m only talking about who is 100% there. For friends, the doors are not open, but wide open – he said referring to Fiorello -. Last year’s winners Måneskin? I don’t know, let’s hope, maybe. I will give notices when they are 100% official ». He does not exclude the hypothesis of having, as in the past, some sporting guests: «It could happen, it is not certain that he is a star of the present, but perhaps of the past. I have an affection for sport ». Ama also recalled the presence of Novak Djokovic two years ago – today in the eye of the storm for his No Vax positions and the risk of expulsion to Australia – “when we were thoughtless”.
“Absolutely yes” is his answer to those who asked if Raffaella Carrà and Franco Battiato and Lucio Dalla, whose 10th anniversary will be celebrated this year, will be honored at the Festival. Urged on a memory also by Milva, Amadeus added: «Maybe there will be one of his songs chosen among the artists for the cover night. If this is not the case, we will think about it ». Rai1 director Stefano Coletta then added that Rai yesterday accepted the artist’s daughter’s proposal to set up a permanent exhibition in Sanremo with the memories of her artistic career.
the conductor and artistic director then returned to the controversy following the gag with Checco Zalone: ”I’m sorry that the director of TeleLombardia resented the sketch between me and Checco Zalone: he didn’t take it as a joke, but it was so” . Still joking: «Checco told me: if TeleLombardia doesn’t take you, I’ll put in a good word for you with TeleNorba».
As for the lyrics of the 25 songs in the competition, «already last year almost no one had addressed the theme of the pandemic in the lyrics, this year only the List Representative talks about it». It sings mostly about love and carefree themes, leaving aside the difficult period we have been experiencing for almost two years. However, Amadeus confirmed that in general, of all the songs he had to listen to to make the selection, the trend was the same. The radio inspiration is also confirmed in 2022: «This is what I have always wanted to do since the first edition. And I hope that these songs too go on the radio as much as possible ». On the stage of the Ariston we will go until late at night, “trying to close before two”. Perhaps also for the relief of the public at home and in the theater, certainly for that of the press room reporters.