Il Volo and Celine Dion decline invitation to Trump inauguration

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On Friday, January 20, Donald Trump will take office as the 45th President of the United States. The inauguration marks the start of his four-year term as the leader of the United States — a responsibility that many say makes him the most powerful man in the world.

As is tradition, a series of balls will take place during the week of the inauguration — a way of easing the president into his new role and celebrating the peaceful transition of power.

But if you’re looking for global superstars that week, you’ll be disappointed as the list of A-list celebrities rejecting the invitation is now longer than your arm. And it features two former Eurovision entrants.

Speaking to Il Corriere della Sera, Italian operatic pop trio Il Volo — who recently finished second in the annual Eurovision Top 250 — explained why they declined the offer.

“We never agreed with Trump’s ideas, we can’t support a man who based his political rise on populism as well as xenophobic and racist behaviour”. There’s no Grande amore for Donald, then!

Piero Barone, Ignazio Boschetto and Eurovision’s Next Top Male Model 2015 Gianluca Ginoble spoke very frankly.

“We realize we’re an example for many, especially young people, which is why we share our thinking. We could not sing for a person with whom we share almost nothing…Even if American politics seems far away from us, the social aspect of what happens there concerns us.”

The success of the trio in the United States is for all the world to see. Their concert planned on March 4 at Radio City Music Hall in New York is already sold out. They aren’t worried that their comments will lead to a backlash among their American fans.

“We don’t think that our future depends on this,” they say. “Those who love us will follow us anyway. In our concerts we do not talk about politics.”

They’re not alone in saying “No thank you!”

French-Canadian superstar Celine Dion has declined an offer to perform during the President-elect’s big day.

Celine, who lost her brother and husband around this time one year ago, has not issued a statement.

According to The Wrap, Trump’s long-time friend Steve Wynn (the Las Vegas hotelier) had promised to book the iconic singer for the ball. But alas…her heart will NOT go on with Donald!

At the time of writing, only four acts have been officially announced for the inauguration: Former America’s Got Talent contestant Jackie Evancho, the Talladega Marching Tornadoes (a marching band), the iconic dance troop The Rockettes and the 360-member Mormon Tabernacle Choir.