Virginia backing her cousin for Big Brother TV fame
Socialite Virginia Macari has said she is proud of her TV star cousin Alessia Macari, who has been tipped to win tonight's final of Italy's Celebrity Big Brother.
Dublin model and singer Alessia (23) has followed in the footsteps of her glamorous relative after entering the reality show, where she has been winning a legion of fans.
Virginia, who was one of the stars on TV3's Dublin Wives and Celebrity Salon, told the Diary that she was over the moon about how well Alessia has been doing in the cut-throat competition.
"The whole Italian community in Ireland has been watching Italian Big Brother and we're all behind her," she said.
The swimwear designer said the reason that Alessia has lasted so long in the tough competition is that she's a genuinely nice girl. That is why Italian TV audiences have warmed to her.
"She has gotten this far because she is not only beautiful on the outside but is super-talented and has the most wonderful personality."
Marbella-based Virginia said that she knew her cousin was destined to be a big star from early on and predicted that this is "only the beginning" for her.
Tonight, the Macari family will know whether Alessia has done enough to win the final of Grande Fratello VIP and the overall prize of €100,000.
Also cheering her on from Ireland will be her proud mum Lisa Borza, who runs the Mona Lisa chipper in Crumlin.
She said her daughter got her first taste of fame appearing on the Late Late Toy Show.
Alessia grew up in Crumlin, but her family all hail from the Frosinone region in central Italy and she spent many of her summers over there.
She moved over there two years ago and has been making a big splash with TV viewers after appearing on the TV quiz show Avanti Un Altro, which led to her landing her part in Celebrity Big Brother last month.
No stranger to rubbing shoulders with the stars, she previously dated Irish footballer Ciaran Clark, who plays for Newcastle.
Alessia also auditioned for Simon Cowell's X Factor when the auditions came to Dublin back in 2013 and she managed to make it through to the second round before being eliminated.
She clearly still harbours dreams of eventually making it in the music industry as she recently said on Big Brother how that is where her passion lies.
"The dream is to continue with the TV work for now. This show is a step in the right direction of achieving a singing career," she said.