By Nathalie Bonney @nathaliebonney
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Primarily known for his love of plastic surgery, Rodrigo Alves says he will spend 2019 focusing on launching a singing career - and has even set his sights on entering the Eurovision contest.
Also known as the human Ken doll, Rodrigo has started signing lessons with vocal coach Laura Pesenti in Milan, Italy. During his time in the Italian style capital Rodrigo has also been getting into the festive spirit with some shoe shopping, making pizza for his friends - and of course finding time for a little cosmetic procedure: this time a Brazilian butt lift.
Rodrigo told Barcroft TV: “I am going to be launching my very own pop song, which I’m excited about and I’m aiming to be on Eurovision next year.
“Next year I’d like to dedicate myself to my singing career, I’d like to launch my music and travel the globe dancing and singing.”
Vocal coach Laura Pesenti, who is still in the early stages of working with Rodrigo has developed a technique that helps fix a singer’s intonation.
She told Barcroft TV: “He has a great pitch. With a bit of work and all the effort he’s putting in he will definitely achieve great results.”
And for his first public performance, on Christmas day Rodrigo will sing with a choir at the Chiesea di Sant’Agnese in Rome with his family there to watch him.
Rodrigo said: “On Christmas day I’m going to be singing at a church here and therefore I’m preparing myself to learn how to sing properly.”
Born in Sao Paolo, Brazil, Rodrigo split most of his time between London and Marbella; however has been spending more and more time in Italy, where he appears regularly on two Italian TV shows Domenica Live and Pomeriggio 5.
He said: “People love me here in Italy – even the kids. I’m often on Italian television shows.
“I’m always just very happy when I’m here in Milan, Milan is everything. Milan is good for shopping, it’s great for food and now Christmas is coming!
“I came over from London to Milan to do my Christmas shopping also I have a lot of friends here.”
Aside from shoe shopping at his favourite shoe shop Superglamourous Shoes – in fact the only place Rodrigo buys his signature loafers – Rodrigo also made pizza for his friends at Beato Te Milano pizzeria, putting crisps on his signature ‘Rodrigo’ pizza.
Despite shifting his focus from plastic surgery to music, the self-confessed surgery addict, couldn’t resist a small procedure during his time in Rome. Opting for a Hyaluronic acid injectable into his buttocks, otherwise known as a Brazilian butt lift. at the Dr Urtis Clinic.
To date Rodrigo has spent over $500,000 on procedures and surgeries, including a face lift, brow and eye lifts, 10 nose jobs, chest implants, a fake six pack, bum implants, and perhaps most controversially having his four floating ribs removed.
Following a turbulent year in the UK media, where he was removed from the Celebrity Big Brother house, Rodrigo says his focus for 2019 is singing not surgery.
He said: “I’m a showman and now with my song, with my music I’d like to inspire people.
“I’m the fruit of my imagination and everything that I have always wanted to be in my life and if I can do it you can do it too.”