If you are in Italy, you might be aware that last night was the opening night of Sanremo (you might also not care) Anyway, for those not in the know, it's an annual Italian music festival (but not festival in the Glastonbury sense).
There are a few good acts on, I heard that the Scissor Sisters were there last night. But if you think that it lasts a full week, around three hours each evening, you have to sit through quite a few other acts in order to see the good bits. Suffice to say I didn't make it to the Scissor Sisters last night.
The hosts this year were Pippo Baudo - think he's well respected on Italian tv, well he's on a lot anyway - think an Italian Terry Wogan. Funnily enough, the Eurovison song contest was the child of Sanremo. Now you're probably getting a better idea of what it's like.
Helping Pippo along with the presenting there was Michelle Hunziker. You know when someone just grates on you? I think the main reason I have a problem with her is that she smiles and laughs ALL the time. I hope that doesn't sound too miserable of me, but I find it annoying when people smile always - it kind of takes the impact away of a genuine smile or laugh. Last night she was sporting a bacofoil/Christmas cracker style dress topped off with an Ivana Trump 'do. Looked like she was going for the elegante look...Not sure what the armband tattoo had to do with that. I'll stop now. Basta.
It is good for a laugh anyway. I caught one act, a duet of which the name escapes me, one bloke (=man) looked like a Blues Brother, whilst the other like a Wham reject. Both completed their looks with permatans.
In fairness, I should add that a few big names started at Sanremo, for example Elisa, Eros Ramazzotti (ex ? of aforementioned Michelle) and Laura Pausini.
NB The title of this post refers to the catch phrase of the festival "Perchè Sanremo è Sanremo".