Beijing Express, the report cards of all the couples on the eve of the final :: Blog su Today



Here we are, unfortunately. Thursday 12 May on Sky the tenth and final episode of Beijing Express 2022, the ninth edition of the show on the road passed precisely this year from Rai to Sky, will be broadcast (also available on demand and streaming on NOW). In view of the final, we gave the votes to all the participating couples: the three still competing (Mom and daughter, the Pazzeschi and the Jackals) and those who were eliminated in the last nine episodes. From the last classified to the competitors who will play for the title of winners, here are our semi-series report cards of Beijing Express 2022.


The tiktokers: Anna Ciati and Giulia Paglianiti (classified tithes)


Let’s start with the first eliminated. Arrived penultimate in the first stage in Turkey, they were condemned by the winners, the Pazzeschi, who saved Alex Schwazer and Bruno Fabbri. Too little to win the hearts of the spectators, and too little for us to make an informed judgment.


Rating: st



Athletics: Alex Schwazer and Bruno Fabbri (ninth classified)


Beijing Express was an important opportunity for Schwazer to redeem himself, after the sad events that have seen him as a protagonist in recent years (and which will become a TV series). Despite being eliminated in the second episode, the South Tyrolean athlete and his friend and ally, Dr. Fabbri, have certainly won the sympathies of the Pazzeschi, who have pardoned them on the first lap, and also of the public, for their humanity and their kindness, qualities usually foreign to the spirit of Beijing’s competitors. A pity that they still came out in the second Turkish episode.


Rating: 7


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Father and son: Ciro and Giovanbattista Ferrara (eighth place)


After a good start, with two third places in the first two episodes, the former champion of Naples and Juve and the very young Giovi had a moment of fogging. In the third episode, the one with the Miccio-Costa “hares”, they had some failure but escaped the nomination (then went to Mom and daughter, saved by the black envelope). In the fourth episode, however, they were not so lucky, and were eliminated by Italy-Brazil, who “accused” Ciro of not leaving the right space for Giovi: an accusation, in our opinion, ungenerous. For Ciro, the memory of when he was recognized by a gentleman who was accompanying them by car will remain: they are satisfactions …


Rating: 7


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The Scientists: Barbascura X and Andrea Boscherini (seventh classified)


Those who – like us – expected that scientists would have an advantage thanks to their knowledge, was at least partially disappointed. Barbascura and Andrea, however, have given proof of a scientific moral integrity – yes, this is true – even if this value of theirs has backfired in their relationship with the fearsome Italy-Brazil. Which, in fact, tied a couple of Barba’s rudeness to their finger, and on the first occasion – the arrival stage in Uzbekistan – the two models took their revenge by eliminating them.


Rating: 6.5


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The Fidanzatini: Rita Rusic and Cristiano di Luzio (sixth classified)


Beijing Express puts a strain on even the most close-knit couples, but the Fidanzatini have been able to overcome moments of crisis thanks to their love. Cristiano proved to be a true gentleman, net of some intemperance and a fit of anger in the first episode, while Rita showed a class, an elegance, a truly incomparable style: to have such “strange” couples … Unfortunately for them, however, the attempt to eliminate the very strong Mom and daughter, pardoned by the black envelope, triggered the Stefanenko’s “revenge” two episodes later, at the end of the Uzbek stages.


Rating: 7.5


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The Independents: Bugo and Cristian Dondi (fifth place)


Let’s make a confession: the Independents (renamed “the Miraculous” by the good Miccio) have embodied what we believe should be the true spirit of Beijing Express. Without haste, without “anger”, they enjoyed eight stages in total relaxation, taking the time to enjoy the views and the people they met, truly having fun without the performance anxiety typical of this game. And in doing so, they created an (almost) winning tactic: do not scare the other competitors, who therefore saved them seven times from elimination. Well done, that’s how you do it (and never mind if the elimination has arrived anyway, at the end of the stages in Jordan.


Rating: 9


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Italy-Brazil: Nikita Pelizon and Helena Prestes (fourth classified)


If we were to judge them only on the basis of their determination, then they would have no rivals. After a slow start, and with the discouragement of not being able to solve the initial tests, the incitement of Costantino della Gherardesca has borne the fruits of him, and Nikita and Helena have begun to grind successes. However, we cannot ignore certain moral failings (see above), certain misconduct, and not even a serious unpreparedness for those who participate in a game like this. In this sense, Nikita’s phrase “I thought the desert existed only in Egypt, but I discovered that it also exists in Spain” is exemplary. So, we have to make an average between the two evaluations.


Rating: 7


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Mom and daughter: Natasha Stefanenko and Sasha Sabbioni (in the final)


Cruel, unfair, ferocious: but they also have defects. Natasha and Sasha have shown a truly commendable fighting spirit, which has led them to almost always finish at the top of the standings, and luck has also helped them (see above) in the stage with the hares. In particular, with all the affection for Natasha, it is the young Sasha who struck us for a truly extraordinary strength of mind and physics. More than the tricks to put the opponents in difficulty, the greatest value of Mom and daughter lies in our opinion in the ability to find passages in any condition.


Rating: 8.5


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The Jackals: Gianluca “Fru” Colucci and Aurora Leone (in the final)


Peaceful like the Independents, kind like the Fidanzatina Rita, stalwart like the other finalist couples: the representatives of the Jackal are the real revelation of this edition of Beijing, because they have shown with facts that one can be a winner (or well placed) even without lose the goodness of mind. Aurora is the sister-friend-daughter-girlfriend that everyone would like, Fru is an unsuspected expert on world flags (Sheldon Cooper, are you in disguise?) And above all this time he made a much better figure than that of the first LOL. If we are allowed to express ourselves, we cheer on the Jackals: their victory would be more than deserved.


Rating: 10


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I Pazzeschi: Victoria Cabello and Paride Vitale (in the final)


Premise: we have had a crush on Victoria Cabello since the days of MTV, and the illness she had to face in recent years made us love her even more, moving us in the penultimate episode with her. This is why we “forgive” her some misconduct (as in Viperetta’s “mobile-gate”) and poor Miccio a few too many vaffes. Paride, on the other hand, pleasantly surprised us for his patience – Vicki is not exactly an “easy” travel companion – and for the aplomb that he (almost) never lost: when he consoled Victoria with a sore ankle, saying he was willing to abandon the race to help her friend, she won our heart.


Rating: 9


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The hare-conductors: Costantino della Gherardesca and Enzo Miccio


We love Costantino like a brother, but it must be said: he is as good as a conductor-confessor-motivator as much as a landslide as a competitor, and we still don’t explain how he came third in the first edition conducted by Emanuele Filiberto di Savoia. In the episode with the hare Enzo Miccio crashed to the ground after a few seconds of the race, and had to temporarily abandon the transmission, leaving the conduction to his friend. But let’s look on the bright side: we found that in addition to being a great competitor, Enzo is also a very good host of this show. And who knows what will happen in the next edition …


Rating: 9.5


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Guests: Max Giusti and Massimo Ferrero


Let’s make a weighted average: Max Giusti has shown that he has passed the saudade that had distinguished him in the last edition as a competitor, and he was a very good substitute for Costa, so let’s give him a nice 8. Viperetta, for its part, has shown an even excessive generosity: because it is okay to help all couples to dig, but the “poisoned flag” of this Beijing has violated the regulation by hiding a mobile phone with which it has “remedied” a room in the hotel for itself and for the Pazzeschi. Therefore, we cannot give him more than enough.


Rating: 7
















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