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Il Volo to represent Italy at Eurovision

The 65th edition of the Italian song contest “Sanremo festival” has come to an end, proclaiming its winner: “Il volo”. The already world famous group of young talents will now sing “Grande Amore”, the winning song of the festival, at the Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna, as the Festival’s winner is automatically invited to perform at the Eurovision contest. 

“Il Volo” can be considered a strange Italian phenomenon, as the group, already very famous abroad, has remained almost unknown in Italy in spite of their extraordinary success abroad (the first real concert in Italy was only in July 2014 in Taormina).   

Piero Barone, Ignazio Boschetto and Gianluca Ginoble, the three young men aged between nineteen and 21, started their career competing in the Italian television competition “Ti lascio una canzone”. Roberto Cenci, the creator of the show decided to put them together to create a trio similar to the three famous tenors (Luciano Pavarotti, Plácido Domingo and José Carreras). Italian singer-songwriter and music producer Tony Renis casually discovered their performance through Rai international giving a start to their American career. The group was initially named “I tre tenorini” but it was soon changed into “the trio” and in 2010 it was changed into “Il volo”.   

Il volo’s first album was recorded in 2010 in London in the Abbey Road studios and produced by Tony Renis. The album was simply titled “Il volo” and was mainly composed of international Italian big successes including “Il mondo”, “Un amore cosi grande”, and “O sole mio”  but also featured original songs.  

“Il Volo” were the first Italians in history to sign a contract with the US Major Geffen, they were the only Italian artists invited by Quincy Jones in “We Are The World for Haiti” along with 80 international stars. Their debut album won the platinum disc in Italy. It also entered in one week in the top 10 of the Billboard 200, dedicated to the best-selling albums in the United States. Millions of copies were sold worldwide, and two nominations for the Latin Grammy Awards for Best new Artist and Best pop album were awarded. “Il volo”  toured and performed live worldwide in the most important shows (Tonight Show, Ellen De Generes show and American Idol, to name a few). Numerous were the collaborations with international stars (including Barbara Streisand). They were also winners of the Latin Billboard Award for Best artist of the Year Duo/Group interpreter of Latin album.

Will “Il volo” really take flight in Italy? Or is their music too old style for the new Italian taste? 

Giulia Lombardo

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