Francesca Fagnani, a “beast” who scratches less and less


By John

A well-known Sicilian proverb states: «Make yourself a name and go to care», whose textual translation is «Get fame and go to sleep»and we are convinced that this ancient saying is well suited to Francesca Fagnani and the new edition of “Belve”, broadcast from Tuesday on Raidue in prime time.
In a very short time, Fagnani created a format, found a precise dimension and a framework in which to frame her interviews, she positioned herself in the category that “is chic and does not oblige”got an important upgrade from second to prime time, and now… rests peacefully on its laurels.

But the difference is there and is noticeable and, probably, many of those who do not usually attend the late evenings and were not familiar with the program will have wondered what differentiates Fagnani's face-to-face interviews from the interviews conducted by other colleagues, while those who followed since the beginning, the show will have wondered whether the presenter is going through a moment of Toffanisation. First of all, the context in which the interview takes place has changed, the moods of the studio audience are perceived and between one guest and another there is mention of a variety show, all of which dilute the atmosphere of an interview that does not grant discounts. But it is Fagnani's gentle aggressiveness that seems to have changed, turning towards a certain snobbery, both towards the guests, as demonstrated by the underlining of her “r” of southern Rome, compared to Carla Bruni's French, and towards the public .

In fact, the red diary which contains precious notes of utterances to be contested by his guests has almost been transformed into the register of notes, but the references are too distant in time to have any contemporary validity for the viewers and, on the other hand, they allow the guest an escape route in claiming a natural evolution of ideas. If the greatest flaw of interviewers is that of wanting to highlight themselves more than the interviewees, Fagnani is getting there, no one knows how voluntarily, but certainly, driven by success. The mood for which she had become famous, which was to compete in an incisive confrontation with the character who faced her, has however become a little watered down, and the interviews are pressing only in terms of methods, but not also in content. Neither Loredana Bertè, nor Carla Bruni nor Matteo Salvini – the first guests of this edition – were asked embarrassing or uninstitutional questions, but rather we were offered the opportunity to maneuver without revealing too much.