«With my boyfriend there is maretta. Jovanotti fans ask me for my autograph »- Corriere.it

from Elvira Serra

The singer: «My shows are the Smurfs in university exams. Do not mention my boyfriend’s name, at this moment there is a rush and I would not want the situation to change “

Would you have liked to be Laura Pausini?

«I respect her and I like her very much, I have seen her concerts, but no: I like being who I am. Mina can tell me too, the answer is the same. I won 6 platinum and 4 gold records, when hundreds of thousands of copies had to be sold. I love what I do and I carry it out consistently ».

What if she didn’t become a singer?

“I would have been a doctor, like my father Alfredo. He had many specializations, but he was a general practitioner. He went out in the morning at 7 with the briefcase in his hand and came back late in the evening: every day he made 45 visits. And then he was the doctor of the Antoniano, a profession he practiced until his death in 2008: he took care of the children, the friars … I know every corner of that place ».

What doctor would you have liked to become?

«Child neuropsychiatrist. Many special children come to my concerts, mothers write to me to talk to them, they tell me that afterwards they are calmer. Maybe I help them anyway ».

Legend has it that he sang the Smurfs song even at the University.

«Some exams were shows: the name Cristina D’Avena, outside the door for the roll call, did not go unnoticed. At the exam I found myself behind my colleagues curious, because up until that moment I was only a voice, the first apparitions began in Award-winning or Superclassification show. Some teachers made jokes about Gargamel, imagine how I was … ».

And now there is someone who asks you for advice on how to cure yourself?

“Of course! I miss the thesis and a few exams, I was sorry not to graduate. My father told me that I could do any job as long as I completed my studies ».

Were you happy with your career?

“Yes sure. She didn’t have time to see the duets. He loved Neapolitan melodic music. Knowing him, she would have asked me for a song with a Neapolitan ».

Cristina D’Avena is smiling, cheerful, she receives bursts of messages on her two mobile phones and apologizes: «I just did a concert in Ortona, a delirium! They are sending me the articles. People were crying, I am a character that unites all generations: there was a packed square; the older ones sitting, the curve screaming, the children asking me for songs. Beautiful! We all wanted to recover some normality after Covid ». We meet in the Milan office of Warner, the record company with which she is publishing every month, until October, a vinyl celebrating her 40 years of career: a thousand unique, numbered pieces, with unpublished photos and songs from Cat eyes a Mila and Shiro two hearts in volleyball. Even if, to be honest, from 17 March 1968, when she showed up on the stage of the Zecchino d’Oro with The waltz of the gnat (and he was three and a half years old) he never stopped singing.

When did your career start?

“In fact since Waltz. But I published the first cartoon theme in 1982: it was Child Pinocchioby Augusto Martelli. Who would have imagined that the acronyms would become a musical genre, or that the cosplayboys who dress up as a cartoon ».

He sang 765 songs, sold eight million copies. Impossible question: what is his favorite song?

Kiss me Licia. Well, I was Licia! I played both the show and the song, it’s the top of the top, here in my heart with the Waltz of the gnat. Then there are Sailor Moon, Memole sweet Memole, Rossana… ».

He even recorded the Italian version of «My life is going on», of the «Casa di carta».

«The cartoon was made only for the initials, unfortunately. It was a social operation ».

She managed to get Patty Pravo and Loredana Bertè to sing her songs!

“And not just them! For my two Duets all the artists were very sweet. Of course, I didn’t think Patty Pravo would agree to do the Smurfs song: she instead she is very ironic and she likes to get involved. As for Bertè, I sincerely believed that she was telling me no ».

Of the duets which surprised you the most?

«Ermal Meta made a version of Small heart problems beautiful. I also liked Naomi con very much Mrs. Oscar: do you think that as a child at Carnival they dressed her as Lady Oscar, she asked her to do it, just as J-Ax wanted it Sucker“.

An impossible duet?

«Ah, with Chris Martin of Coldplay! Sooner or later, since I’m in Warner, I’ll succeed. I tell him and I repeat, maybe the miracle happens ».

Wouldn’t you like Jovanotti?

«Eh, it seems to me an impossible mission … We met many years ago, both at the beginning. We met when he was working for Cecchetto and I sang my first songs. I’ve always gone to his concerts, I’ve never asked for tickets, I like to experience him as a fan. Then, of course, nice things happen when the fans of him recognize me and ask me for the photos ».

Which song would you entrust to him?

Tazmania or Cotton flakes for Jeanie (intones them, ed), are more niche songs. Another one who drives me crazy is Antonello Venditti ».

Meanwhile, Mina has made a cover of her.

«The news came from the fans. She sang Always attentive to the regulationchanging words; became You tell me what city. It was a song that my son Massimiliano Pani had written to me. You made me proud and surprised ».

Which cover would you like to record?

May she be blessed by Fiorella Mannoia, with whom he came second at the Sanremo Festival. I find it close to my way of being and singing ».

What do you remember about your first Sanremo in 2016 as a super guest?

«A unique emotion. I was so agitated in the chair that the makeup artist was afraid he would have to send me on stage with eyes different from each other. I got there by popular acclaim, thanks to a petition by All the music. Fortunately, Andrea Pellizzari and Max Brigante helped me with the staircase, otherwise I would stumble for sure ».

She returned in 2019 to duet with Shade and Federica Carta.

“If I went the third time I would be calmer.”

Are you a candidate for running?

“Co-conductor too would be wonderful!”

If you were offered a fiction or a program, what would you choose?

“I would love fiction, I miss my TV series a lot. Certain scenes while we were shooting Kiss me Licia… The actors were models, it’s not like they really knew how to act, they struggled to learn the lines. Not that I was better … ».

So would he go back to the crime scene?

“Of course! Today Cristina has become a producer: we make a show like a talent ».

Does Maria De Filippi have to worry?

“But no, it’s not by chance called fiction!”

Other dreams to fulfill?

«I would like a musical in the theater, I love the contact with the public! It could be a reinterpretation of a fairy tale, set in our day. Like: “What happened to Cinderella?” ».

And in your opinion what happened to it today?

“Maybe he opened a nice shoe and skirt shop.”

A bit like her.

«I have my own shoe brand: My Heart Shoes. And now there is a small company that makes my skirts: it’s called My5 ».

The craziest thing his fans have done?

“Lots! They pick up, leave and come everywhere by renting coaches. Even in Sanremo I found them in front of the Ariston: some came from Sicily and Sardinia. Another wonderful thing was singing one of my songs and printing a vinyl with their voices ».

What’s it like working with your sister? Quarrels?

“All time! But the beauty is also that: these are the most important relationships. I feel a little like her mother, she grew up with me. And she is very good in her work, she knows how I think, she anticipates what I would say, sometimes too much! ».

If I tell you home, where is home?

«Home is Bologna. But Milan is my second home, since I started working ».

When did he have the bodyguard?

«Joseph! My father had asked him to follow me because he did not trust me, I was still a minor. Poor fellow, how many did I put him through … I forced him to tell lies to my father and he was desperate: “I’m a carabiniere on horseback, I don’t tell you lies!” ».

He just wrote a storybook. When is an autobiography?

The garden of fairy tales was released for Ape Junior: there are ten stories that speak of respect for the environment, I had written them during the lockdown. In fact, they are asking me for the autobiography, it would be wonderful ».

She never talks about her boyfriend. On social media she is credited with Mass …

«No, don’t say your name !, that there is a lot of waves right now and I don’t want the situation to change. I am very reserved ».

Do you continue to receive marriage proposals?

“Yes, the last a few days since, by a six-year-old.”

Do you miss a child?

“No and I hope it doesn’t become a regret. Every now and then I wonder what it would have been like if I had had one. ‘

He would have had a princely wardrobe at his disposal.

«In a warehouse I keep everything: stage clothes, VHS, games. Every now and then I go and look at them. If I had had children they would have told me: enough mom! ».

Are you still afraid of flying?

“No, I should take one of those courses with stewards …”.

Look, if Chris Martin agrees to a duet he will want to do it in London. She doesn’t even get on a ferry …

“For Chris I will overcome my fears!”

May 11, 2022 (change May 12, 2022 | 07:56 am)

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