Lodovica Comello (born 13 April 1990) is an Italian actress, singer, dancer and TV host who gained international popularity for her role as "Francesca" in the Argentine Disney Channel series, Violetta.
Comello was born and raised in San Daniele del Friuli, Italy, near Udine in Friuli. She demonstrated her passion for art, acting, dance, guitar from a very young age. She started guitar lessons at age 8. In high school, she studied music theory and participated in dance and acting in her spare time. She attended I.S.I.S. Superiore Vincenzo Manzini, a public high school in San Daniele del Friuli. During her time at school, she won a science writing contest and was awarded a trip to Austria. She graduated high school in 2008. After completing her high school studies, she auditioned for and later took courses in music at M.A.S.: Music Arts & Show, a drama school in Milan, Italy in 2009. She attended M.A.S. from 2009 to 2011. In 2009, she was cast as a performer for the "Il Mondo di Patty" tour, the Italian version of the widely successful Argentine children's program, Patito Feo. The tour held concerts in Italy and Spain. She also appeared as a backup vocalist for Brenda Asnicar's special section of the same tour in Italy.
While living in Milan and attending M.A.S., she learned of a Disney Channel Latin America casting search for Italian actors, who also spoke Spanish. Although she spoke little Spanish, Comello memorized and performed a short monologue in Spanish for her audition. One week after auditioning, she successfully obtained a role on Violetta, the network's latest tween musical television series. In 2011, Lodovica was announced as "Francesca", the best friend and classmate of the title character in the show. Filming for the program required Comello to move to Buenos Aires in mid-2011. Once cast in the series, Comello learned Spanish.
In November 2012, she filmed the second season of Violetta in Buenos Aires and Barcelona, Spain. It premiered on April 29, 2013. That same year, she provided the Italian voiceover for "Britney" in Monster's University. Comello returned to film the third and final season of "Violetta" which began production in Buenos Aires in March 2014 and ended in late November of that same year. The third season began airing in Argentina on July 28, 2014. The series finale aired in Latin America on February 6, 2015.
In late August 2016, Comello was revealed as a cast member in the Italian comedy film, "Poveri ma ricchi" ("Poor but rich" in English). The movie filmed in Rome and Milan and was released in Italian cinemas on 15 December 2016. The role is Comello's cinema debut and first live action acting role since the completion of Violetta.
2013–2015: Universo and Mariposa
On November 1, 2013, Comello released "Universo" ("Universe" in English), the lead single from her debut album of the same name; the album was later released on November 19, 2013 in Italy, Spain and Argentina. The album features nine tracks co-written by Comello and one English-language cover of I Only Want To Be With You. Comello recorded acoustic versions of the title track, "Universo" in Spanish and Italian. The album's second single was "Otro día más". The music video was filmed in Barcelona, Spain and premiered on her official YouTube channel in March 2014.
In May 2014, Comello announced plans to embark on a world tour in 2015. A special website was created to allow fans to vote on various international cities for possible concert locations in Latin America, Europe, Israel, and the United States. The music video for her third single, "I Only Want To Be With You" premiered on her official VEVO channel on September 5, 2014.
In 2014, Comello began writing songs for her sophomore album during breaks on the set while filming of the final season of Violetta in Buenos Aires. She recorded material in Buenos Aires on the weekends when the show was not filming. On January 24, 2015, Comello announced to fans via her official Twitter account that her second album, Mariposa (English: "Butterfly"), would be released on February 3, 2015 in Italy. The album was subsequently released on iTunes for Europe and Latin America a few weeks later. The album contains 12 songs in Spanish, Italian and English. She co-wrote most of the album's songs with the exception of "Un posto libero", "We Are Family" and "Crazy Love". The album's deluxe edition contains five Italian-language translations of some of the album's original Spanish songs. Comello skipped the 2015 world tour with the cast of Violetta in order to focus on promoting her material as a solo artist. Her world tour began in Rome with two sold out shows on February 1, 2015. She toured throughout Italy from February until mid-March, and then in June, July and October. The tour included shows in Spain, Belgium, Poland, Portugal, and France.
The album's lead single, "Todo El Resto No Cuenta", was released on iTunes on January 30, 2015. The single's music video premiered one day later. The album debuted at #13 on the Italian Album charts. Mariposa's second single,"Sin usar palabras", features Spanish singer Abraham Mateo. Comello also released a Polish version of "Sin usar palabras" featuring Szymon Chodyniecki. Her world tour to support the release of Mariposa ended on October 25, 2015 in Naples, Italy.
2016–present: Upcoming third studio album
On May 13, 2016, Comello released the Italian-language song, "Non cadiamo mai" ("Never Fall" in English), as the lead single from her upcoming untitled third studio album. The release of the single conceded with the season 4 finale of "Italia's Got Talent", which aired that same night in Italy. Comello co-wrote the song, and a Spanish-language version is expected to be released. The music video for the single premiered one day prior on her official VEVO channel.
On December 12, 2016, it was confirmed by festival organizers that Comello would be taking part in the 2017 edition of the Sanremo Music Festival, considered the greatest music festival in Italy. The winner of the festival is offered a chance to represent Italy in Eurovision. She participated with the song, Il cielo non mi basta. The Sanremo Music Festival was held from 7 February to 11 February 2017. Comello finished in 12th place out of 16 finalists. Directed by her husband, the official music video for Il cielo non mi basta, was released on her official VEVO account in Italy on February 8, 2017. The song peaked at 37 on the Italian FIMI Singles Chart, becoming the first single of her music career to enter on the chart. On 5 May 2017, she released her first single, "50 Shades of Colours", from her upcoming third studio album. The music video, filmed in Rome, was premiered as an exclusive for Corriere della Sera, the Milan-based newspaper. Comello performed three concerts in Rome on 19 May, in Milan on 26 May, and in Udine on 21 July to promote her new music.
On April 2, 2015, Comello released her autobiography, Tutto il resto non conta: la musica, Buenos Aires, e un pollo al curry con chi dico io, in Italy; she wrote the book while living in Buenos Aires during the filming of Violetta's final season: to promote the book, Comello embarked on several book signings throughout Italy in April 2015; the book was later translated into Polish, and she held a signing in Warsaw on May 9, 2015.
In September 2015, Comello was announced as the new host for the 7th season of Italia's Got Talent. Auditions began in Milan in late 2015; the 7th season of Italia's Got Talent premiered on March 16, 2016 on Sky Uno, where it aired weeknights. The finale was held in Rome and aired live on May 13, 2016 for the Italian network, TV8. Comello is the host of the new music themed game show, "Singing in the Car", which premiered on September 5, 2016 in Italy on the network, TV8.
Comello has one older sister named Ilaria. She is fluent in Italian, Spanish, and English. She lived in Buenos Aires for three years while working on Violetta. She moved back to Milan, Italy once production on the series ended in late November 2014. In 2012, Comello met Argentine television producer, Tomas Goldschmidt, on the set of Violetta. The couple dated for several years and later married in a small civil ceremony at the city hall in San Daniele del Friuli, Italy on April 1, 2015.
|2013||Monster's University||Britney||Italian-language voice over|
|2015||Inside Out||Joy||Italian-language voice over|
|2016||"Poveri ma ricchi"||Valentina||Film debut|
|2012-15||Violetta||Francesca||Main Role (seasons 1-3)|
|2016-present||Italia's Got Talent||Herself/Host||(Season 7-present)|
|"Singing in the Car"||Herself/Host||Reality TV game show|
|2016||Un Posto al Sole||Herself||1 episode (Italian Soap Opera)|
|2016-2017||"Kid's Got Talent"||Herself/Host||Season 1 (Spin-off of Italia's Got Talent)|
|2017||Sanremo Music Festival||Contestant/Herself||Music competition (12th place finish)|
|2012||"El V-Log de Francesca"||Francesca||(16 episodes)|
|2015||"Insopportabilmente donna"||Herself/Guest||Episode: "Tipologie di amiche"|
|Year||Album details||Peak chart positions|
|2014||"Otro día más"|
|"I Only Want to Be with You"|
|2015||"Todo el resto no cuenta"||Mariposa|
|"Sin usar palabras" (featuring Abraham Mateo)|
|2016||"Non cadiamo mai"||TBA|
|2017||"Il cielo non mi basta"||Sanremo music festival promo single|
|"Le mille bolle blu"|
|"50 Shades of Colours"||TBA|
- Universo (2013)
- Otro Día Más (2014)
- I Only Want to Be With You (2014)
- Todo El Resto No Cuenta (2015)
- Sin usar palabras feat. Abraham Mateo (2015)
- Sin usar palabras feat. Szymon Chodyniecki (Polish version, 2015)
- Non Cadiamo Mai (2016)
- Il Cielo Non Mi Basta (2017)
- 50 Shades of Colours (2017)
|2012||"Algo suena en mi" (with Facundo Gambandé & Candelaria Molfese)||Violetta|
|"Juntos somos más" (with Mercedes Lambre, Facundo Gambandé & Candelaria Molfese)|
|"Junto a ti" (with Martina Stoessel)|
|"Veo veo" (with Martina Stoessel & Candelaria Molfese)|
|"Ven y canta" (with the cast of Violetta)|
|"Ser mejor" (with the cast of Violetta)||Cantar es lo que soy|
|"Tienes el talento" (with the cast of Violetta)|
|2013||"Código amistad" (with Martina Stoessel & Candelaria Molfese)||Hoy somos más|
|"Euforia" (with the cast of Violetta)|
|"Alcancemos las estrellas" (with Martina Stoessel, Mercedes Lambre & Candelaria Molfese)|
|"On Beat" (with the cast of Violetta)|
|"Algo se enciende" (with the cast of Violetta)|
|"Esto no puede terminar" (with the cast of Violetta)||Violetta en vivo|
|2014||"En gira" (with the cast of Violetta)||Gira mi canción|
|"Encender nuestra luz" (with Martina Stoessel, Mercedes Lambre, Candelaria Molfese & Alba Rico)|
|"Aprendí a decir adiós"|
|"A mi lado" (with Martina Stoessel & Candelaria Molfese)|
|"Friends till the end" (with the cast of Violetta)|
|2015||"Crecimos juntos" (with the cast of Violetta)||Crecimos juntos|
|"Es mi pasión" (with the cast of Violetta)|
|"Llámame" (with the cast of Violetta)|
- 2009: "Il Mondo di Patty" (As backup singer and dancer)
- 2010: "Antonella in concert" (As backup singer and dancer)
- 2013-2014: "Violetta en vivo" (Featured cast member)
- 2015: "Lodovica World Tour" (Solo tour)
- 2017: "#Noi2 Tour" (Solo tour)