Monday, February 1, 2010

Famous Italian: Maria De Filippi

Posted by Jo Linsdell  |  1 comment

Maria De Filippi (born 5 December 1961) is an Italian television host.

De Filippi was born in Milan, Lombardy, but grew up in Pavia where her family transferred when she was ten years old. She is married to talk show host Maurizio Costanzo with whom she has an adopted son.

She has hosted numerous talk shows broadcast by Mediaset's Canale 5 such as Uomini and donne and C'e posta per te. From 1993 until the present day (December 2009), she has hosted on Canale 5 the talent show Amici, which changed its name in 2002 to Amici di Maria De Filippi. Similar to the American series Fame, it features a school with two groups of aspiring young singers and dancers who compete against the other, performing live before an audience, and a panel of judges and instructors. Albanian-born dancer Kledi Kadiu is a regular performer on the programme.

She has won numerous awards over the years for her programmes and is one of Italy's most well known presenters.

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Whenever I visit my parents we end up watching Ce Posta Per Te. I am always amazed by how Maria can handle her guests especially when things get very emotional. And they almost always do!

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