Popera trio Il Volo made a guest appearance on the Italian talent show Amici, where they collaborated with one of the contestants, Mattia Briga, on their Eurovision song “Grande Amore”. But it wasn’t just any old collaboration – this one introduced rap to Il Volo’s popera style.
Il Volo teamed up with contestant Briga, who added his own rapped verse along with some vocal flourishes to the rest of the song. The audience loved it, and can be heard singing along to every word of the original song. There’s no doubt that Il Volo are now major stars in their home country, but will that popularity translate to a wider European audience?
Il Volo vs. Marco Mengoni
The episode also featured a duet from another Eurovision star, Marco Mengoni, who teamed up with band The Kolors for a funktastic cover of Stevie Wonder’s classic track “Superstition”.
The competition saw The Kolors and Briga competing against each other with these two performances, with The Kolors eventually winning the duel. Did Marco’s Eurovision experience give him the edge on Il Volo?
And this isn’t the first Eurovision connection with Amici. Emma Marrone won the series in 2010, and went on to represent her country in Copenhagen last year with “La mia città”.
What do you think of this new version of “Grande Amore”? Should Il Volo take Briga and the rap version to Vienna? Leave your comments below.