Simona Ventura

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Simona Ventura
Simona Ventura - nicogenin - 66ème Festival de Venise (Mostra).jpg
Ventura on the red carpet of the 66th Venice Film Festival
Born (1965-04-01) April 1, 1965 (age 51)
Nationality Italian
Occupation television presenter

Simona Ventura (born on 1 April 1965 in Bentivoglio) is an Italian television host.

The Beginnings[edit]

Ventura started in TV on "Domani Sposi" with Giancarlo Magalli on Rai Uno. Her love for sport took her into sports reporting: for the Italian Telemontecarlo she was the correspondent during the 1990 FIFA World Cup, UEFA Euro 1992 and the 1992 Summer Olympics.

At RAI, Ventura appeared with Pippo Baudo on the Sunday afternoon programme "Domenica In" (1991) and then, in 1992, the sports programme "Domenica Sportiva". She also been on "Pavarotti International".

Years at Mediaset[edit]

Ventura's career continued on Mediaset channels hosting variety shows like "Mai dire gol", "Cuori e Denari, "Boom", "Scherzi a parte" (a programme very similar to Punk'd), "Festivalbar", "Le Iene", "Matricole", Gli indelebili '99, "Cari amici miei", "Zelig - Noi facciamo cabaret", and "Piccole Canaglie". In all, she spent eight years at Mediaset.

In 1996 Simona hosted the newcomers' section of the Sanremo Music Festival for RAI.

Years at RAI[edit]

Simona Ventura in 2009

In 2001 Simona went back to Rai Due to host the seventh edition of the Sunday afternoon show "Quelli che il calcio" and a prime time show called "Quelli che lo smoking". In 2002 Pippo Baudo chose her for the "Dopofestival" (a variety show about the Sanremo Music Festival) and she then presented a late night television show with Gene Gnocchi called "La grande notte del lunedì sera". She has been presenting the Italian version of Celebrity Survivor, L'Isola Dei Famosi since 2003. In 2004 she was host presenter of San Remo Music Festival. In 2005 and 2006 she presented Music farm, a show similar to the Hit Me, Baby, One More Time format, on Rai Due.

She also had the Prime Time Access Rule on Rai Uno with "Le Tre Scimmiette" and in 2007 appeared in prime time with "Colpo di Genio".

She is still hosting "Quelli che il calcio."

Simona was a judge in the two first series of the Italian X-Factor.

Simona Ventura led the popular reality show for 8 editions L'isola dei famosi,in the fall of 2009 she abandoned his role as a judge on X Factor, working on his two most important programsSimona Ventura in May 2011 will have some problems with the company, the director of RAI 2 Massimo Liofredi tried not to renew the contract of Simona Ventura for this reason, after she signed a contract with SKy Italy

Years at SKY[edit]

Simona Ventura signed a contract for two years with the satellite platform, Sky Italy, after almost 10years spent working at RAI bringing good advertising revenue, becoming the queen of RAI 2, leaving the company to move to the satellite network. One of the early work of Simona Ventura will be X-Factor where she will again sit in the role of judge. According to the rumors indiscreet Ventura has received a fee of 3 million euro for 2 years.

Other appearances[edit]

In 1996 Simona was the Italian voice of Lola Bunny in Space Jam.

She acted in the film Fratelli Coltelli in 1997

In 2008 Simona starred in "La fidanzata di papà" with Massimo Boldi and Elisabetta Canalis.

In 2009 Simona was trolled by English rock band Muse in her show "Quelli che.. il Calcio".

In 2009 Simona attended the Cannes Film Festival in May.

In 2010 she had a cameo in Sofia Coppola's Somewhere.


Ventura has won 4 Telegatti as Best Female Figure of the Year.


External links[edit]