Laura Pausini and Paola Cortellesi Shine in New Variety Show

MNGBlog LOVES Laura Pausini and Paola Cortellesi!

Yesterday, the multi-talented, Grammy-winning Pausini showed off her comic side (OMG, LOVE IT!!!) on RAI Uno in the first part of her three-night variety show alongside actress/comedienne Cortellesi.

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During the highly anticipated premiere of Laura & Paola--a concept which combines personal stories and the best of cinema, music, and television--we saw hilarious skits and wonderful musical performances, complete with live orchestra, from the two women and their special guests, which included Marco Mengoni, Noemi, and Andrea Bocelli.

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In a throwback to the musical past, two extremely entertaining and unforgettable highlights of the show were the ABBA skit, with movie star Raul Bova, as well as a performance by Laura, Paola, and Noemi as The Supremes.

While the show took a more serious turn with Paola's monologue on bullying, intermingled with Marco Mengoni's performance of his powerful anthem "Guerriero," the night provided lighthearted fun and much-needed laughter in this period of political strife we are currently finding ourselves in.

Laura also performed her latest single "Innamorata," one of MNGBlog's favorites from her new album Simili.

The second part of the special will air next Friday, April 9, on RAI Uno at 21:20. Check listings for international air times. Friends in the U.S.: tune in at 8 PM EST on RAI Italia.