×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Asia Argento Returns to Italian TV as ‘X Factor’ Judge

After coming under fire in Italian media for accusing Harvey Weinstein of rape, Asia Argento is returning to Italian TV as a judge on “The X Factor,” which will air on pay-TV service Sky Italia this fall.

FremantleMedia Italy, which is producing the show for Sky, has announced that Argento will join the “X Factor” Italy judging lineup of rapper Fedez, recording industry executive Mara Maionchi, local rocker and record producer Manuel Agnelli, as well as host Alessandro Cattelan. Besides being an actress and director, Argento has had a music industry career as a singer and disc jockey.

“We are thrilled to welcome Asia to the ‘X Factor’ family where we are sure that the contribution of her musical culture and personality will be of great importance,”  Gabriele Immirzi, COO of FremantleMedia Italy, said in a statement.

Argento recently collaborated with influential French rock group Indochine on their platinum album “13,” singing the duet “Gloria” and directing a music video for their song “La vie est belle.” She has also collaborated as a singer with Brian Molko of Placebo, Tricky, and Anton Newcombe of The Brian Jonestown Massacre.

She returns to Italian television after serving as a judge on pubcaster RAI’s talent show “Forte forte forte” in 2015 and as a contestant on Italy’s “Dancing With the Stars,” also on RAI, in 2016.

Argento, who was one of the first of more than 80 women to go public with her allegations against Weinstein, was ridiculed by the Italian press for accusing the Hollywood producer of rape in the New Yorker expose by Ronan Farrow. Italian transsexual politician and TV host Vladimir Luxuria tweeted at the time that Argento “should have said ‘no’ to Weinstein” when he allegedly raped her. Several Italian commentators have taken a similar tone.

In an interview with Variety at the time, she complained of being “slut-shamed” by Italian media, “which is medieval.”

Earlier this month, during the Cannes Film Festival’s closing ceremony, Argento delivered a strong indictment of Weinstein, describing the festival as his “hunting ground.”

More TV

  • Andy Cohen attends BravoCon's "Watch What

    'The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City' to Debut in 2020

    Bravo announced Saturday during its first annual BravoCon that a tenth “Real Housewives” series, “The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City,” will debut in 2020. Bravo host and “Real Housewives” executive producer Andy Cohen made the announcement during a panel titled “Ask Andy” at the NYC convention. “We’ve always tried to choose a city that [...]

  • The Simpsons

    Disney Plus Will Make 'The Simpsons' Available in Original Uncropped Format in Early 2020

    Eep! After an outcry from “The Simpsons” aficionados, Disney has decided to offer classic episodes of the iconic animated sitcom on Disney Plus in their original 4-by-3 aspect ratio early next year. The streaming service launched Nov. 12 in the U.S., Canada and the Netherlands with the full batch of “Simpsons” episodes in 16-by-9 HD [...]

  • Sterling K. Brown on His Oscar

    Sterling K. Brown on His Oscar Buzz for 'Waves': 'Kind of Surreal'

    Sterling K. Brown can’t quite comprehend the awards attention he’s receiving for his work in the A24 drama “Waves.” “If the Academy sees fit to put me in a category with people who I absolutely adore, I will pee all over myself, dude” the Emmy winner says on the latest episode of “The Big Ticket.” [...]

  • TV News Roundup: 45th Annual Humanitas

    TV News Roundup: 45th Annual Humanitas Nominees Announced

    In today’s TV news roundup, Humanitas has released the finalists for the 45th Annual Humanitas Prize, and YouTube announced a new beauty competition series hosted by James Charles.  CASTINGS Jason Kennedy has been named as the host of E!’s new series “In The Room.“ The “E! News” host will bring viewers inside celebrity homes for [...]

  • Editorial use only. No book cover

    Viacom Extends 'The Office,' 'Parks and Recreation' Syndication Deals

    “The Office” and “Parks and Recreation” reruns will continue to air on Viacom linear networks for the foreseeable future. The company announced that it has reached a new deal with NBCUniversal to keep “The Office” on Comedy Central through 2021. The series will then air in a non-exclusive window on Viacom Media Networks through 2025. [...]

  • Conan O'Brien Michael Showalter

    HBO Max Orders Pilots From Producers Conan O'Brien, Michael Showalter

    HBO Max has ordered two shows to pilot, one a comedy and the other a drama. The streamer will produce both pilots. The comedy is titled “Gumshoe.” It follows a sweet, optimistic young cop and a creepy, crime-obsessed teenager who secretly team up to solve a murder. Aaron Brownstein and Simon Ganz will write, executive [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content