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)
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This is my opinion (TIMO)

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

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

Lolilly
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Lolilly

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
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Gil

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
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Nikos

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
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bavarson

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

This is my opinion (TIMO)
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This is my opinion (TIMO)

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)
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Mathias (From Sweden)

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

poppipo
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poppipo

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
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GGL

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

davve
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davve

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

Briekimchi
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Briekimchi

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
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Lorena

Forza Italia!!!
12 points from España

Ella
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Ella

The best is yet to come ! Forza Il Volo!

Racal
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Racal

Gives me chill… Forza Italia!

Eugene ESC UK
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Hi Mario :- I would not say the songs from Georgia or Malta are bad, I would say average to slightly above average. Anyway my comments are based on a scoring system and a prediction which does not take into account staging, nobody wants to know about my taste in my I’m sure, hehe!! Since you like the OGAE so much, Malta did not get a single point and Georgia came 23rd with 7 points, and that’s just based on the song and before any rehearsals!! Just sayin!! Anyway this blog is about Italy. Yes let’s hang out, I might… Read more »

davve
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davve

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
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Alice

well this is epic

Eris
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Eris

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

EscCroatia
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EscCroatia

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

David
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David

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
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Mario ~ My Vision of Gay Love

@ 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
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Mario ~ My Vision of Gay Love

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
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giorgio

WINNER ITALIA

Mario ~ My Vision of Gay Love
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Mario ~ My Vision of Gay Love

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
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Maltish

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

davve
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davve

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
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Dani

Nice but a bit obvious

Leo
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Leo

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
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Milla

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.

Eugene ESC UK
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Well William having seen the full 3 minutes is not exactly gushing with excitement but that was only to be expected, he clearly has an agenda, the best we get is “their voices were flawless”. All I can say is……… Bob Marley said “Some people feel the rain, others just get wet.” We know what William likes best. Chris is a hater, his first comment what about Sognu in 2011, so he has not got a clue. At least Robyn understands music. The clip is way too short to make any real comment, it was always going to be simple… Read more »

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

Robyn Gallagher
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Just remember for the last two days we’ve been seeing the more polished performances from the second rehearsals. The rehearsals today are the simpler first rehearsals and they won’t feel as cohesive as the rehearsals we saw on Friday and Saturday.

In other words, the best is yet to come! 😀

Sandra
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Sandra

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

Nitzan
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Nitzan

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
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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
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BunnyC

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
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Milla

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
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BEST OF LUCK!!!