They topped the televote at the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 with their nuclear harmonies and operatic flourishes.
And now Italy’s Il Volo can celebrate another achievement, becoming only the second act to reach 100 million views on YouTube for the official video of their Eurovision song.
“Grande Amore” is a bold declaration of love – great love, to be precise. “Dimmi perché quando penso, penso solo a te” – “Tell me why when I think, I only think of you” the loved-up lyrics wonder. And this big love causes problems – “Maledette notti perse a non dormire/Altre a far l’amore” – “Cursed nights without sleep/Others make love”.
Yep, everyone else is having all the fun. But this is a song of a man (or three men) in love, just wanting to know that the feeling is mutual. The song climaxes with “Dimmi chi sei/Che sei il mio unico grande amore” – “Tell me that you are/That you’re my only great love”. Oh, swoon!
That vision comes to life beautifully in their music video with the singers working their harmonies in and around a gorgeous palazzo worthy of their queens.
In joining the 100 million club, they follow in the footsteps of fellow Sanremo winner Francesco Gabbani. On April 8 of this year, the “Occidentali’s Karma” singer became the first Eurovision artist to achieve 100 million views.
Several other Eurovision artists have achieved 100 million views for music videos, though not for their Eurovision songs.
In 2015, Turkey’s 2009 singer Hadise became only the second Eurovision alum to pass the milestone with her single “Prenses”. She joined Switzerland’s 1988 winner Celine Dion, who had previously reached 100 million views with her Titanic mega-hit “My Heart Will Go On”.
However, a plethora of past acts have joined the two divas in the interim. These include Alexey Vorobyov (Russia 2011), t.A.T.u (Russia 2003), Serebro (Russia 2007), ABBA (Sweden 1974), Bonnie Tyler (UK 2013), and Olivia Newton John (UK 1974).
When we last spoke with the trio in the summer of 2016, we had to talk about Eurovision and the fact they won the televote, but didn’t take home the trophy.
“To win the televote is the most important thing,” Piero said. “The televote are the people who buy the album and come to your shows.”
Should organisers adjust the existing 50-50 televote-jury split then?
“I think Eurovision should be 80% televote and 20% the rest,” Piero said. “I think the one who has to win is the one who people like.”
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