She is one of the most popular Italian presenters in Italian television She has hosted numerous talk shows (mostly trashic) broadcast by Mediaset"s Canale 5 such as Uomini and donne and C"e posta per te. From 1993 until the present day (2012), she has hosted on Canale 5 the talent show Amici (before was a simply talk show) which changed its name in 2002 to Amici di Maria De Filippi.
Similar to the American series Fame, it features a school with two groups of aspiring young singers and dancers who compete against the other, performing live before an audience, and a panel of judges and instructors.
Albanian-born dancer Kledi Kadiu was a regular performer on the programme. In 2001 she hosted Telegatto with Gerry Scotti.
Since 2009, she has been one of Italia"s Got Talent"s judges and producers.