William: There were Italian stallions on stage during Il Volo’s first rehearsal at Eurovision 2015 — and I’m not talking about Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca. The group sang before an LED of Roman monuments, which include statues of lions and horses, and the Venus de Milo and a naked discuss thrower. Italy is the birthplace of opera, so it’s only fitting they play on Italian history. Their voices were flawless: You can tell they’re a group that’s worked together for a while, not three singers cobbled together for Eurovision. They’re seasoned performers and know how to find the camera and the light, even if the details haven’t yet been sorted. The performance begins in relative darkness with spotlights on the singers and a blue LED ring around the floor. But as the song builds the sun rises and orange and yellow give way to silver and white. It’s the most modern, accessible opera performance we’ve ever seen at Eurovision.

Italy: Il Volo’s first rehearsal

Chris: Il Volo came, they saw, they…almost conquered. There were definitely a few issues with camera angles and Piero looked incredibly nervous and lost on stage at times. After that, this was pretty much perfection. The drama is intense throughout and, unsurprisingly, this was vocally out of this world. Easily heading for the top five and I’m very tempted to say that Rome 2016 is on the cards now.

Padraig: There’s a reason why Il Volo are already superstars. Apart from some dodgy camera shots, this was virtually flawless. “Grande Amore” is the best opera song at Eurovision ever, and will most certainly not suffer the same fate as Amaury, Malena or Cezar. Vocals, staging, looks. The trio smouldered and burned the competition away.

Il Volo: Review and reaction

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Photo: Elena Voltova (EBU)

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This is my opinion (TIMO)
This is my opinion (TIMO)
6 years ago

a penalty without a goal keeper??? HAHAHAHAHAHAAAHAHAH…lol we will see, dont be shock if result prove you wrong…its nothing special just a strong vocal thats all

barcelona
6 years ago

This song is like a penalty without a goal keeper 100% victory.put your money on Italy
Grande amore…….

barcelona
6 years ago

Mathias get a life son of a b****

Lolilly
Lolilly
6 years ago

So, everyone… I’m from the USA and 168 of my psychology class students (ages18-24) have voted. It was interesting for me to compare the americans opinion with Europe. This is how they ranked the top 10!
10. Russia
9. Greece
8. Armenia
7. Albania
6. Estonia
5. Belarus
4. Georgia
3. Sweden
2. Italy
1. Australia
What if Australia really wins? Awesome!

Gil
Gil
6 years ago

Who has watched Sanremo know how they can perform live. Voices and music are really good, just the lyrics is someway banal.
I doubt they will win despite they are great, too classic for commercial ESC and there is no show and colors on stage, just like Mengoni, the music is “essenziale”.

Nikos
Nikos
6 years ago

30 sec isnt enough to judge but agree with some of comments here that it is a bit of a let down. I worry this will turn into a “who can outsing the other” performance. The staging seems appropriate but a bit safe.

bavarson
bavarson
6 years ago

This music is simply bad. Otherwise you can not explain it.

This is my opinion (TIMO)
This is my opinion (TIMO)
6 years ago

no I can’t see this win either, vocally very strong but song is nothing special and nothing without strong vocal, remember france 2011 the huge favourite and in the end Azerbaijan ballad with real feeling won while that opera of strong vocal scored low, this will not win however I have to make a choice between italy and sweden this year I rather pick Italy over Sweden hero dancing with demons, dont tell the god i ve made mess lol lol lol

Mathias (From Sweden)
Mathias (From Sweden)
6 years ago

This will be my toiletbreak. Unless it’s the first song in the finale lol

poppipo
poppipo
6 years ago

This is to Padraig. I think Il Volo’s song is good, but it’s not the best opera song in Eurovision. I think, that Slovenia’s 2007 entry Cvet z juga is so much better than these guys. Alenka had a great voice and special song.

GGL
GGL
6 years ago

Slow but steadily the momentum swifts to italy and to some extend to australia. Sweden looses ground in the betting odds.

davve
davve
6 years ago

Sweden still has the win in the bag… Italys pretentious song stands no chance.

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
6 years ago

The song is so boring and not my cup of tea at all but their music video gave me hope that they might do something fun with the staging to stop me from taking my bathroom break. Alas, I was to be disappointed.

Lorena
Lorena
6 years ago

Forza Italia!!!
12 points from España

Ella
Ella
6 years ago

The best is yet to come ! Forza Il Volo!

Racal
Racal
6 years ago

Gives me chill… Forza Italia!

davve
davve
6 years ago

Mark my words.. this song will NOT win. Perhaps top10.. but this is this years.. israel in 2010 and france in 2011 a posh song that everyone says will win.. but then at eurovision it gets a few points here and there..

Alice
Alice
6 years ago

well this is epic

Eris
Eris
6 years ago

Not surprises tbh. Italy never does a staging that will blow your mind . This will either do very well or end up 14th.

EscCroatia
EscCroatia
6 years ago

I think it is risky…everything about it is a risk:either a major top or a major flop

David
David
6 years ago

Soooo disapointing! The background should have been more simple because this makes me not to pay much attention on the song, that it doesn’t need a wow factor because it’s beautiful by her own. The singers are static and it also makes it more boring.

Mario ~ My Vision of Gay Love
Mario ~ My Vision of Gay Love
6 years ago

@ Thank you Eugene 4 your wishes 4 my birthday <3 🙂
And i forgive you that you think that my big favorites songs of Georgia & Malta are bad.. 😛
You should hang out with me bro so i'm gonna fix your bad lame music taste….hehe 😛 😉
Huuuugs 🙂

Mario ~ My Vision of Gay Love
Mario ~ My Vision of Gay Love
6 years ago

Our GreAtY hot favorite to win the Diamond Vision! <3 🙂
Italy's song *Grande Amore* is my 3rd most favorite song from the 40 <3 🙂
It has grown on me now and i even like it more than i used to months ago.. 🙂

The big Winner in OGAE voting 2015.. <3 🙂
ITALIA has really serious GreAtY chances to lift the trophy on the night of the grand finale <3 🙂
Good Luck to Il Volo! <3 🙂
Gianluca Ginoble is so hot italiano babe! <3 😉
GreAtY Beauty/Grande Belezza of Italia indeed! <3

giorgio
giorgio
6 years ago

WINNER ITALIA

Mario ~ My Vision of Gay Love
Mario ~ My Vision of Gay Love
6 years ago

So….! 😀 Since today we celebrate the international Gay Day against homophobia.. <3 🙂 Here we go! <3 🙂 I'm starting my own countdown… 🙂 Even im a bit late.. 😛 39) **AUSTRIA ** ! <3 😀 1/10 ~ 1 point from my Ogae Gay Disney Neverland! <3 Our host country of our Vision <3 🙂 Although big let down about the song that they selected 4 Vienna…I preferred personally Selina to win in Austrian NF & go to Vienna instead…But i predict that Austria will gonna do well enough just because it is the big host…Even a top10 result… Read more »

Maltish
Maltish
6 years ago

In my opinion they have one of the best LED screens.

davve
davve
6 years ago

I just dont see this being a winning candidate. the song is dated and will not place in international charts. I see it perhaps making the top10..but win.. no.

Dani
Dani
6 years ago

Nice but a bit obvious

Leo
Leo
6 years ago

Good morning to all Wiwiblogg Followers:
First impression from the press members here in Vienna –
As expected first class vocals, some light staging problems, ORF broadcaster made some corrections during the second and third runs, overall still a strong contesting canditate for the Top3 , but as we all know,
AUSTRALIA’s team is still to come with a big big surprise
Rumours tell us about something like beautiful gimmick SATELITE staging.
Let’s check it our later at midday. b.r. Leo

Milla
Milla
6 years ago

They have no connection with cameras and almost no charisma. It’s happening over and over again. Not only with this first rehearsal. It feels ancient and it’s just a voice show-off in my opinion.

Otna
Otna
6 years ago

They have absolutely no presence on stage despite their voices tbh. I hate this song so I really hope they don’t win :/

Sandra
Sandra
6 years ago

The backdrop is horrible and they have no charisma at all. No winner.

Nitzan
Nitzan
6 years ago

A stunning background, this is a top class act and should be fighting for gold (originally I thought it will have a landslide victory but after Mans and Guy were presented I figured Italy might face some competition). My favorite of 2015.

DEBBIE
6 years ago

They look and sound amazing. The three golden men from Italy.
I wish for them all the best of luck, and to win in the ESC 2015.
12 points from Israel with a lot of love.

BunnyC
BunnyC
6 years ago

They sound really good live! I like this song and I would be happy if it won, but its not like my favourite or anything.
People say this might flop imo it wont flop like sognu did in 2011, it will flop like Aram MP3 did last year, just because he was like expected to win and stuff and he came 4th.
4th is still good.

Milla
Milla
6 years ago

Not easy to judge with 30 sec. But I’m missing something. I think it’s quite dull.. I have to see the whole performance.

DEBBIE
6 years ago

BEST OF LUCK!!!