After eating a penis in Beijing Express I can do it all

The author and TV presenter at talks about herself in the round from the beginning of her career at MTV to the last exciting experience in Beijing Express 2022, which sees her among the eligible candidates with her partner Paride Vitale.

Victoria Hair it is like the phoenix. Dead and risen stronger than before. Beijing Express 2022 sanctioned the return – after fighting the Lyme disease contracted in 2012 – from one of the most talented presenters and authors of Italian television with twenty-seven years of career behind her. She “baptized” the entry of MTV in Italy which would then have completely revolutionized the language of the small screen. Then many other different experiences also in other networks, to name a few from Vittorio Vittoria (La7) a Those who football (Rai Due), passing through X Factor (Sky Uno) Victoria Cabello has always left her mark and so it happened at the Beijing Express, together with her friend Paride Vitale. The couple of “crazy” is loved on social networks.

Your psychoanalyst and your agent convinced you to participate in the Beijing Express. In hindsight, did they do well?

They did well because obviously Beijing ended I went back to analysis (laughs, ed).

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Do you think you have overcome this personal and human challenge as well? Vote?

My opinion is very positive and a few years ago I would never have imagined being able to make Beijing and get where I have arrived. For me it is incredible, on the edge of reality.

“It’s an old slipper that never gives up”, is how your friend Paride Vitale defines you. How would you define it?

A gin and tonic survivor. Guys, he should be dead by now.

Close your eyes: what is the first image of this experience that comes to mind?

Paride and I, the first day terrified in Cappadocia struggling with this program that I define as “horrendous-stupendous”, an unknown factor for everything. I remember the effort of finding the backpacks and running to get to the mat. And then the sweat … I felt it but luckily you didn’t feel it. There is a smell on the set …

Do you watch television? What do you think about it?

I look at it because for me it is professional updating. I must say that compared to a few years ago I like the fact that there are more and more platforms because you can experiment with new programs. For me it is nice that there are more and more spaces. I am a fan of TV series and I often enjoy binge watching anything on weekends.

Why do the new formats on the generalist often not convince?

Unlike many other spaces, generalist TV has always unfortunately always had a single defect and that is the ratings. You cannot ignore the ratings, which fortunately many have done. An example of all is Le Iene. If they had been based on the listening to the hyenas of the first edition, perhaps they would not exist today. At the time, there was a cutting-edge, intelligent network director like Giorgio Gori who gave the program time to grow and evolve.

Twenty-seven years of television programs. Author, as well as presenter, you said you don’t like losing control. Have you ever lost it?

I focused on 27 years of TV and I feel like a shitty old woman (laughs, ed). I lost control in Beijing also because it is a program where you are at the mercy of the events and the sick minds of the authors. You cannot predict anything. When I ate a penis I said to myself ‘it’s not possible’! I hadn’t foreseen it even in my worst nightmares. I went to Beijing, I ate a penis. Say I can do everything in life!

Have you ever said no and to whom or what?

I have the reputation of being someone who often and happily says ‘no’. A bit because I never feel up to things and situations. Then I actually discovered that over the years actually the best careers are often based on no. I think I said no which were probably right. Programs that were not in line with me. I believe each has very specific characteristics and specifications.

You opened MTV Italia’s dances in London in 1997 with Alessandra De Siati and Andrea Pezzi. What did that TV model leave behind?

MTV has certainly influenced tastes a lot and has been a breaking point in the world of TV. It was perhaps the first channel in which new languages, graphics and montages were experimented. And it remained recognizable. He bequeathed new generations of conductors and an asset to a young world that at the time had no reference.

You met the greatest in the world and risked a lot with Madonna. What happened?

I grew up with the Madonna poster in my room, adoring her. I was sitting outside with reporters who took turns coming in to interview her. Before me there was Vincenzo Mollica who was paternal and warned me: ‘Don’t send everything to cow!’. To Madonna, wanting to pay her a compliment, I involuntarily gave her the old woman about her, telling her that I had her poster in her room. But she was very nice and kind and she laughed, making a joke. She is an amazing woman. They say that no one should never know their myths, I have known so many and I must say that I have rarely been disappointed by anyone.

Has any character you met up close let you down?

In the MTV period you went from interviewing from the Dalai Lama to Madonna to characters who were new to the music and film scene. Usually the newcomers were more difficult than the stars. The only disappointment was Russel Crowe with whom I had a fight and we went to that country. He was very nervous, he was in all the pink papers for the story with Meg Ryan, he had treated my crew very badly and I defended them.

You kissed many stars, were they real kisses? Who do you remember with the most “affection”?

I never gave fake kisses. I didn’t put my tongue in it but they were mold kisses. I have not denied it to anyone. What stuck with me most is the one with George Clooney when we got married at the press conference. Imagine that there was the world press, me getting up on crutches, the groom and kissing him with the fake priest Pif. I remember it with great fun and affection. The day before, however, I had broken my leg and I did not want to cast it because I wanted to wear the Le Iene dress.

You conducted “Quelli che il calcio” from 2011 to 2013. This year the program was removed from the running schedules. What has gone missing?

Mia Ceran’s team with Luca and Paolo was an excellent team. Perhaps the difficult thing about Quelli che il calcio was the fact that they did not have football and obviously also the moment in which the TV panorama was configured in a different way with pays that had access to all the most unthinkable contents. I tried to work with entertainment with comic talents that I chose as Virginia Raffaele, with whom I had already worked on Victor Victoria, and Ubaldo Pantani. Then strangely it worked and we also involved new audiences, including women.

In 2014 at X Factor. How did it go for you? The jury is being renewed for the upcoming edition. Have you been contacted? Would that interest you?

However, I would say no. I was objectively shitting on the jury. I tell myself. When I find myself in the midst of certain mechanisms … I was very fond of Under Women, I had a super protective maternal instinct (never had). I like to laugh and have fun and there I could not find the right key. I cried every two minutes and I would say no. I am very happy with the return of Fedez and that Ambra has accepted!

How did the fake fight with Ambra start?

We are very good friends. While we were at the makeup we discussed what to do. The gag was born by chance when we decided to fight. ‘But if we do it, we make it real and it’s not like acting like dogs like in Ozpetek’s film,’ I told her. It seemed so real that Amber herself told me that no film gave her that visibility. Even today there are people who think it was true.

You seem to want to make TV again. Is there any project in the pipeline?

Right now I want to do TV. It had been around me for a long time but Beijing was the engine. I worked a lot on behind-the-scenes programs and writing them was in awe of the team’s work. They are the best of the best of what we have in Italy. I would love to work with them forever. I am already working on other things as well. In the period off TV I wrote 700 thousand formats and sometimes I realize that it was bullshit of the moment. During the lockdown I came up with a format on household cleaning products. Interview all the maids and mothers with their secrets that are handed down and have crazy musical guests, keeping focus on common characters who work.

You have always been on great terms with your exes. The other day you met Barù. Did you give him love advice?

We are great friends and I have remained very good friends with all my exes. We chatted, we talked about her new project linked to a restaurant. I gave him some suggestions for the menu and I wish he didn’t miss the peppers. Then we talked about Jessica (Selassiè, known to Big Brother Vip, ed), having done the stake of the heart for a life, who better than me could give him advice from the heart?

You have defined social media as “the free zone of balls, not all”. Do you still think so?

Yes and no. I said this from Bignardi a few years ago. Every so often when I wake up I confirm the thought I had then because on social media you can find everything. I must say because after Beijing a world opened up to me. I opened a Twitter profile and I went crazy. I would like the meme makers as next authors because they are genius. I found a very funny world, I watch Beijing while on Twitter.

Your cocker Silvano is ten years old. We have learned that he is a very significant presence for you, humanly… In what?

Silvano taught me unconditional love. I love him madly: he snores like a truck driver, worse than Paris, but in the morning she doesn’t talk to me and doesn’t ask me for coffee. So he is perfect as a companion.

Is there a phrase that you think represents you, one that you would get a tattoo on or that would be perfect for an epitaph?

I’ll be right back o This is a Cabello gag.

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