Iva Zanicchi

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Iva Zanicchi
Iva Zanicchi 1972.jpg
Iva Zanicchi in 1972
Background information
Birth nameIva Zanicchi
Also known as
  • The Eagle from Ligonchio
  • Dionne Warwick Italian style
Born (1940-01-18) 18 January 1940 (age 82)
OriginFlag of Italy.svg  Italy
  • Singer
  • actress
  • television host
  • former politician
Years active1963–present
Website ivazanicchi.net
Iva Zanicchi
Member of European Parliament for Italy
In office
Personal details
Iva Zanicchi

(1940-01-18) 18 January 1940 (age 82)
Ligonchio, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Political party Forza Italia
The People of Freedom
Forza Italia
Other political
European People's Party
OccupationSinger, game show host

Iva Zanicchi (Italian pronunciation:  [ˈiːva ddzaˈnikki] ; born 18 January 1940) is an Italian pop singer and politician. She has a mezzo-soprano voice and is described as "a sort of white-skinned Italian Dionne Warwick".



Iva Zanicchi was born in Ligonchio, in the province of Reggio Emilia to Zefiro (1909–2004) and Elsa Raffaelli (1914–2010). Her career began in 1962 at the Castrocaro Music Festival, where she earned third place. [1] She won the Sanremo song festival in 1967 with Non pensare a me, in 1969 with "Zingara" and again in 1974 with "Ciao cara, come stai?". Zanicchi remains the only woman singer to have won that festival's prize three times. In 1969, she represented Italy in the Eurovision Song Contest in Madrid with "Due grosse lacrime bianche", finishing 13th. She represented Italy in the V Festival Internacional da Canção  [ es; pt ] in Rio with Tu non-sei più innamorato di me in 1970. A concert at the Paris Olympia and a tour (United States, Canada, South America and the Soviet Union) followed. Zanicchi later also toured Australia and Japan. Has worked with Mikis Theodorakis, Charles Aznavour and Luigi Tenco, and has made numerous recordings. Has performed at Madison Square Gardens, New York (1974) and the Teatro Regio (Parma). In total, Zanicchi released 14 albums during the 1970s, including a Christmas-themed, Neapolitan and Spanish language recordings.

From 1987 to 2000 Zanicchi hosted the television game show OK, il Prezzo è Giusto! , the Italian version of The Price Is Right as the only female host in the history of the game show worldwide (since then, other countries have had versions of the show hosted by a woman).

In 2004 she was one of Forza Italia's candidates at the European Parliament elections, polling nearly 35,000 but not enough to be elected. However, as the highest-polling among the candidates failing to be elected, Zanicchi took up her seat in Strasburg in May 2008, representing Forza Italia, when EuroMP Mario Mantovani left to become a PdL senator. She was confirmed in her post at the European elections of June 2009.


In 2009, a band called I VazzaNikki was started, the name being a clear reference and tribute to Iva Zanicchi. The idea of the group came during a conversation between the Italian comedians Valerio Lundini, who is one of the singers and the keyboard player of the band, and Greg, who suggested the name. The objective was to play rock'n'roll and rockabilly music, inspired by the American 1950s. The band characterizes for ironic and nonsense songs, and even performed in the TV broadcast Una pezza di Lundini , hosted by Lundini on Rai Uno. [2] [3] [4]



Singles (Italy)

Sanremo Music Festival



1961Le italiane e l'amoreSingerCameo appearance
1967Una ragazza tutta d'oroIva ZanelliLeading role
196728 minuti per 3 milioni di dollariClub singerCameo appearance
1991L'OdisseaGiunoneLeading role
1998 Kaputt Mundi Gina CarucciSupporting role
2019W gli sposiMariaLeading role
2005–2010 Caterina e le sue figlie LilianaItalian TV Series; 13 episodes
2018 L'ispettore Coliandro Ersilia CaranItalian TV Series; episode: "Vai col liscio"

Game show host

She hosted the Italian version of The Price Is Right , called OK, il prezzo è giusto. She took over Gigi Sabani in the 1986–87 season and was succeeded by Maria Teresa Ruta in 2000.

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  1. Iva Zanicchi Bio Archived 27 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine . musicaitaliana.com site. Retrieved 2 August 2007.
  2. "Iva Zanicchi mette alle strette Valerio Lundini: "Devi pagarmi!", gelo siderale nello studio di Serena Bortone!language=Italian".
  3. "Valerio Lundini e I VazzaNikki ci mettono una pezza" (in Italian).
  4. "Chi sono i Vazzanikki, band rock'n'roll: carriera, tv, "Una pezza di Lundini"" (in Italian).