One of this year’s hot favourites, “Grande Amore” by the Italian popera trio Il Volo, is proving to be even hotter on YouTube, with the video having recently clocked up over 20 million views. The music video, which sees the trio re-enacting romantic scenes from famous movies, has only been online since mid March, but it already has more views than what Conchita’s “Rise Like a Phoenix” music video got in a year.
So what’s behind this massive achievement? As well as being Eurovision favourites, the trio recently expanded their Italian fan base when they won the Sanremo Song Festival back in February. Il Volo also have a substantial following in both North and South America. All that adds up to an ever growing and eager fan community. Their fans might not all be able to vote in the ESC, but they just can’t get enough of that grande amore.
Il Volo are well above the next most popular Eurovision 2015 video on YouTube. The video for Polina Gagarina’s song “A Million Voices” is popular, but it only has 2.6 million views.
However, Il Volo still have some way to go before they beat the 45 million views that Lena has for her “Satellite” music video, but the way things are going, it won’t take them five years to do that.
“Grande Amore”, which clocks in at 3:45, is due to be released in a new version under three minutes as Il Volo’s official Eurovision entry. Until then, the full length song and its fun video is the go-to version for fans.