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

Marco and The Kolors
Marco and The Kolors

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.

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Criticca
Criticca
6 years ago

They really need to promote outside Italy now if they wanna get a good position at Eurovision. I know they’re doing well in the polls despite no promo but still I’m worried that they’ll do a France-ala-Sognu and finish at Bottom 10. Plus I don’t wanna see ppl give them the cold shoulder if they win against Sweden’s Heroes who’s got a massive following right now.

YoungsterJoey
YoungsterJoey
6 years ago

You folks do know the 3-minute version of this song has been out for perhaps a month. Folks acting like they still waiting for the 3 minute version….it’s already out there.

I feel like the judges loved Il Volo but were like 0_0 with the rapping.

Lorac
Lorac
6 years ago

They don’t need it! They are amazing as is! And Piero’s outfit is just Piero!

Oostenrijk
Oostenrijk
6 years ago

Gotta love it. Love, love, love it.

Ego
Ego
6 years ago

OMG is the guy like 2 meters tall? 😀 <3 ?

Amerivision
Amerivision
6 years ago

@Eugene ESC UK I think they actually cut down to 3:04 (music started at 0:05 and ending at 3:09) but I like how they were able to cut it down without losing its punch! 🙂

And Piero needs a better outfit! LOL

Leon
Leon
6 years ago

I’m almost convinced that this will win. Not the rap part but vocally they are just insanely good.

Eugene ESC UK
6 years ago

Amerivision :- Nice spot…………………yes this must be the 3 minute version and it sounds like they have done a good job.

ct
ct
6 years ago

They are so amazing. This soooo deserves to win…

Milla
Milla
6 years ago

Ella. I don’t think most people will take the time to read about them before the final. They only get one shot in the final and that’s it.

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
6 years ago

Still too boring for me.

Eugene ESC UK
6 years ago

Well that’s how you sing live……………………..the rapper?? He sort of got in the way. (And you know they can’t take him………..and what’s more………they don’t need to!!)

Ella
Ella
6 years ago

For Milla, I read your comment in another page, so… What should they do, sit as statues while waiting their turn to sing? If you want to know more about their “tics”, when they are on stage, search fb page “All About Il Volo”, go to their site and there you will find the answers to your “question”.

Alex
Alex
6 years ago

I think they had problem with the earphones, at least that’s what i can see for the two guys of Il Volo. Hopefully, it is not going to happen in Vienna otherwise we’re gonna experience a France 2011 fiasco.

Milla
Milla
6 years ago

Also it’s interesting that it’s Sweden vs Italy on Ogae poll so far. They are complete opposites really.

Milla
Milla
6 years ago

Their performances lacks body language. It’s simply just a voice show-off. Nothing more. I’m not quite feeling it.

Amerivision
Amerivision
6 years ago

Surprised no one noticed they shortened the song. Perhaps this is the final ESC version (minus the rapping)?

Lia
Lia
6 years ago

I kinda liked the rap version in a weird way lol, but the original is still much better. Marco was good too, but at some parts of the song I couldn’t even hear what he and the band were singing. Anyway, we finally got to see Grande amore performed live after Sanremo, and even though the sound wasn’t great and there was rap added in, Il Volo proved they can deliver the song brilliantly and effortlessly. Italy 2016? I hope so 😛

eve
eve
6 years ago

These guys are just too good, they are gonna slay in Vienna and I hope they win. Their live perfomance is just epic and the song is beautiful and good lord it builds. Best of luck from Spain.

Fatima
Fatima
6 years ago

I didn’t like the rap but the showmanship of Il Volo shines through, especially Gianluca Ginoble. The Vienna staging needs to focus on him. I do hope, however, that it is not only going to be the three of them swaying as if they’ve got it in the bag. The Italian Arlene Phillips needs to step in.

Anfrufrafrafra
6 years ago

Horrible version lol, it annoyed me to ugh. Thank god the original version is wonderful.