We are sad to report that Raffaella Carrà has died aged 78. She was well known as the Queen of Italian TV who made a lasting impact on the entertainment industry. While being much loved in Italy, she was also popular around the rest of Europe and Latin America.
Raffaella’s talents “will shine forever”
Carrà started her career debuting in film at the age of 9. By the mid-1960s, she moved to the United States and starred alongside Frank Sinatra in Von Ryan’s Express. She ventured out into singing and dancing during the 60s and 70s, as well as becoming a popular television host. Some of her greatest hits include “Tuca Tuca” and “Tanti Auguri”. The latter ended up being recorded in both Spanish and Estonian, as it became well known with the LGBTQ+ community.
She hosted Sanremo in 2001 and presented the Italian votes 10 years later at Eurovision in Düsseldorf. In addition, she was a coach on The Voice of Italy for a few seasons.
Just a few weeks ago, Raffaella was listed as one of the favourites to host next year’s Eurovision in Italy She was known to have loved Eurovision, and hosted Spain’s national selection, Salvemos Eurovisión, in 2008.
On breaking the news of her death, Raffaella’s partner, Sergio Japino, said the following:
“Raffaella has left us. She has gone to a better world, where her humanity, her unmistakable laugh and her extraordinary talent will shine forever
Her unstoppable force, which has imposed her at the top of the world star system, an iron will that has never abandoned her until the end, making sure that nothing of her deep suffering leaked out. The umpteenth gesture of love towards her audience and towards those who shared her affection, so that her personal ordeal would not disturb the bright memory of her.”
The thoughts of the entire ESCXTRA.com Team are with Raffaella Carrà’s family and friends in these challenging times.