Rosario Tindaro Fiorello (born
May 16, 1960), also known just as Fiorello, is an Italian singer and also a radio and television presenter.
Fiorello was born in Augusta,
Sicily. He began his career working in tourist villages, first as a barman, and then as an entertainer. Near the end of the 1980s, Fiorello met Claudio Cecchetto, a talent-scout. Soon afterwards, Fiorello began hosting the show "Viva Radio Deejay".
Having become popular through the TV show "Karaoke", Fiorello went on to host various different TV shows. Soon after, he endured a period of drug problems that kept him away from the world of TV. He has displayed great abilities as a showman, first in the Mediaset networks, then with
RAIin 2001, 2002, and 2004 with " Stasera Pago Io".
Since 2002, Fiorello has hosted the radio broadcast "
Viva Radio 2" together with Marco Baldini, Francesco Bozziand Enrico Cremonesi, during which Fiorello shows off his skills as a singer, mimic and entertainer. In the summer of 2005, a CD was published that collected the best of his radio career. The CD's high points include: the imitation of Mike Bongiornoand the Forgetful of Cologno (Berlusconi). The CD also includes imitations of Andrea Camilleri, Antonio Cassano, Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, Gianni Minà, Franco Califano, Carla Bruni, Oliviero Toscani, Marina Flaibani from Onda Verde, Nanni Moretti, Vittorio Cecchi Gori, Ignazio La Russa, the prince Albert of Monaco, Monica Bellucciand her husband Vincent Cassel.
Fiorello's skills as a vocalist have brought him to the cinema as well. He has participated in such varied roles as; a dubber in cartoons (most recently "Garfield"), to an appearance in the film "The Talented Mr. Ripley", in which he portrays
Fiorello's most famous imitations - especially in recent years - include
Mike Bongiorno, and that of Silvio Berlusconias a character called "Smemorato di Cologno" who, in the parody, loses his memory every time something related to communismis mentioned. "Smemorato di Cologno" is referring to a psychiatric hospital in Collegno, and alluding to Cologno, the well-known Berlusconi locale.
Other famous imitations include:
Albert II, Prince of Monaco
* The "Signorina buonasera", the
Antonio Cassano, an Italian Football player
* The lawyer "Messina" who defends his clients with absurd pleas
Barbara Palombelli, an Italian journalist
Bruno Vespa, an Italian journalist
Carlo Azeglio Ciampi
Federico Moccia, an Italian writer
Franco Battiato, an Italian Singer-Songwriter
Gianni Minà, an Italian journalist
Giovanni Muciaccia, the presenter of the TV program "Art Attack"
* "Giulietto e Romeo", two gay truck drivers
Ignazio La Russa, an Italian politician
Marco Carta, competitor on the TV program "Amici"
Marina Flaibaniof the radio program Onda Verde
* "Martano Volpi", a mad man from Tuscany
* The "mostroinviato" (monster-correspondent), which in Italian sounds like "our correspondent"
Nanni Moretti, an Italian director and actor
Oliviero Toscani, an Italian photographer
* "Paolo Fava", a strange jazz player
* "Padre Georg",
Benedetto XVI's secretary
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
* The hunchbak of
tenour Roberto Alagna
Silvio Muccinoas "Sasha"
Tony Sperandeo, an Italian character actor famous for his stereotypical gangster roles
Valerio Staffelli, a journalist from the TV program Striscia la notizia
Vittorio Cecchi Gori
May 16 2006episode, on Fiorello's birthday, Carlo Azeglio Ciampicalled to wish him a happy birthday and to congratulate him for his imitation, especially for the fact that Ciampi doesn't always pronounce clearly the last syllable of some words.
During November 2006 the newspaper
Avvenire(linked with CEI) criticized Fiorello for his imitation of "Padre Georg". Most of the journalists admitted that they had never listened to the radio program directly.
* "Veramente falso" (1992)
* "Nuovamente falso" (1992)
* "Spiagge e lune" (1993)
* "Karaoke" (1993)
* "Finalmente tu" (1995)
* "Sarò Fiorello" (1996)
* "Dai miei amici cantautori" (1997)
* "Batticuore (CD Bianco)" (1998)
* "Batticuore (CD Rosso)" (1998)
* "I miei amici cantautori" (2000)
* "Fiorello The Greatest" (2002)
* "Uno è famoso, l'altro no:Il meglio di Viva Radio 2 CD+LIBRO" (2002)
* "Viva Radio 2 (il meglio del 2003)" (2003)
* "A modo mio" (2004)
* "Viva Radio 2 (il meglio del 2005)" (2005)
*Viva Radio 2
* [http://www.rosariofiorello.it Official website]
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