The names of international and Italian celebrities make a small list in the break up of George Clooney and Elisabetta Canalis. Around the story is Christian Vieri, showgirl Belen Rodriguez and Italy’s favourite gay television star and Chi magazine director, Alfonso Signorini.
The latter was working with Elisabetta Canalis on Italian television when the break-up occurred and tells his side of the story of what happened two days ago. Interviewed in the Italian press, Signorini was asked:
Was everything going well?
Yes, I’m astonished. The news is a surprise even for me.
Tell us what happened.
Elisabetta Canalis could do Zoolander after seeing some of her facial expressions in this video in which the Italian showgirl strips for PETA animal rights association. Canalis’ career hasn’t exactly had the launch she might have been expecting after being tied up with America’s most famous actor. Clooney’s girlfriend had a role in the American TV series Leverage, and didn’t get star reviews.
Canalis then returned to Italy for the most important Italian television event of the year - the Sanremo festival. Pitted against fellow showgirl Belen Rodriguez from Argentina, Canalis was criticised for her hopeless dancing and her attempt at an English interview with Robert de Niro.
So it seems that Elisabetta Canalis is back to stripping off for photo shoots and appears in this “I would rather go naked than wear fur” campaign, doing what she does best - just being plain sexy.
Elisabetta Canalis and George Clooney are one of the most talked about couples in showbiz; speculation about the nature of their relationship has been running rampart since they were first spotted together a couple of years ago. Now the French magazine Voici gives new momentum to these rumours by declaring that their love is not real and the Italian show girl a cover-up! What do you think?
Source | Voici
After seeing Elisabetta Canalis’ dancing performances and interview with Robert de Niro at the 2011 Sanremo Festival, it’s time to examine her co-host and showgirl competitor, Belen Rodriguez. The Argentinian model and entertainer has exploded onto the Italian showgirl scene, being both a controversial and well-loved figure.
After a long relationship with Italian football star, Marco Borriello, Belen started dating infamous paparazzo Fabrizio Corona, which hasn’t done her reputation many favours. But she seems to have risen above that, and her popularity of late has only grown, such that she was invited to be a part of the Sanremo festival, alongside Elisabetta Canalis. The latter has enjoyed an immensely high profile since her relationship with George Clooney started.
Belen could have been considered the underdog at the festival: a foreigner and with no Oscars boyfriend to flaunt. It seems to have created a situation though, where Belen showed off her entertainer characteristics. Apart from her sensual looks and sometimes girlish shyness, Rodriguez showed she can dance and sing - and be nice, which is what won over the Italian public. For this showgirl battle, the fascination of the foreigner and a slightly more talented performance, beat the local star, Elisabetta Canalis, who was only proved to be out of her depth.
The Italian television event of the year was spiced up by the battle between showgirls Elisabetta Canalis and Belen Rodriguez. While your standard Italian showgirl here in Italy, Canalis has been launched into the international scene by her relationship with George Clooney. Apart from the 2011 Sanremo festival playing on the attractiveness of the two ladies, the couple were required to actually do something every so often in a kind of ongoing talent quest throughout the show.
Elisabetta Canalis doesn’t enjoy huge popularity here in Italy and apart from the handbag factor, many Italians wonder what a man like George Clooney is doing with the girl. But what do the Americans think about Canalis, especially after her performances at the 2011 Sanremo festival?
While she is an attractive girl, the indignity of Canalis’ dancing and the now infamous interview with Robert de Niro (video after the jump) have done her no favours in Italy or abroad, for that matter. While overseas, Canalis has been elevated to professions of model, actress and dancer, to us in Italy she is just a showgirl. One comment on JustJared about Canalis’ Just a Boy dance at Sanremo summarises thus:
While filming his latest movie The Ides Of March in Augusta, his hometown, George Clooney received a visit from his parents, so he jumped at the chance of taking his Italian girlfriend Elisabetta Canalis out to dinner with his folks! According to onlookers, they really enjoyed their dinner at Caproni’s. They looked like a real family! So should we see this as a new step towards marriage?
Source | People
The 2011 Sanremo Festival saw the Italian showgirl duo of Elisabetta Canalis and Belen Rodriguez nearly steal the show, with the music contest turning into a who’s who of Italian fashion. In this gallery, you can see both the girls and the various creations they wore, and especially check out Elisabetta Canalis’ look if you want to know what it is that makes a man like George Clooney tick.
The first night saw a play on contrasting primary colours with Elisabetta Canalis in Donatella Versace (red) and Belen Rodriguez in royal blue, dressed by Alberta Ferretti. The second outing that same evening saw Belen wear a long, black flowing outfit while Canalis went sexy in pearl grey in a classic cut dress with Swarovski crystals.
The second night of the festival saw Belen Rodriguez dressed by Fendi with a black sparkly dress and round-neck cut. Her second dress was electric blue and the third, still from Fendi, was a powedery colour. Elisabetta Canalis was dressed by Emilio Pucci and her first number wowed the crowd - a wrap around white dress with cut-out back. She then passed to brown tones before finishing the evening in a one-shouldered gown of midnight blue. More after the jump:
The Sanremo Festival is traditionally considered Italy’s premiere music festival - a forum to discover new Italian musical talent and a classic show-biz event that Italians like so very much. Obviously with a new era in media and television, the Sanremo Festival has become one of Italy’s biggest television events.
The opening night of the 2011 Sanremo Festival saw the Belen Rodriguez and Elisabetta Canalis fashion duel finally broadcast, and the usual slew of Italian celebrities, old and new, who are dusted off for the annual event. The songs have almost taken backstage in recent times, and we’re treated to a series of second-rate celebrities, gaffes and silly jokes. But that’s not to take away from the scale of this event.
While the Sanremo Festival could hardly be considered a show of high class culture, it still tops the Italian television ratings every year. The opening night for 2011 held an average of over 10 million Italian viewers, which is near 50 percent of the overall television viewing for the evening. And it was a Monday night. But what can the personalities and subtleties of this year’s opening night tell us?
Before appearing on the Sanremo Festival stage last night, Elisabetta Canalis and Belen Rodriguez were present at the press conference to show off their fashion sense before Italian television’s biggest event. As you can imagine, the two show girls - cynosure of all eyes wherever they go - were dressed to the nines. The former in black and the latter sporting one of Moschino’s latest creations. But who do you think has better style?
Photo | Corriere.it
The fever for the Sanremo festival has reached its peak; rumours about the rivalry between Elisabetta Canalis and Belen Rodriguez are running rampart on the Internet. According to Novella 2000 magazine Gianni Morandi, host of the show, has a soft spot for Belen; she’s professional and punctual at all rehearsals ( her dance numbers will make the audience ooh and aah) whereas Elisabetta Canalis, who will try to upstage her colleague at the festival with her interview to Robert de Niro, is behaving like a diva. According to many tv commentators and we graciously agree with them, her engagement to George Clooney (and hobnobbing with Hollywood royalty) has gone to her head!