They won the Eurovision 2015 televote before embarking on a 33-date North American tour.
And last Friday Il Volo — that’s Piero Barone, Ignazio Boschetto and Gianluca Ginoble — brought their L’Amore Si Muove // Grande Amore Tour to the London Palladium.
Chaos erupted the moment a mob of fans spotted them heading to their gig…and naturally wiwibloggs was there to film it.
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The crowd of screaming fans included young girls and old women, conveying just how deeply the trio cuts across demographics.
“That’s the most beautiful thing,” Gianluca says during our interview. “What we wanted to do from the beginning is bring this kind of music to all ages, people from five years old to 92.”
Ignazio, who was still chewing on his dinner when he joined us on the couch, believes their music has a universal quality.
“I think music is for everyone and the people who come to the concert don’t just come for the show, but also for the voices. It’s not just for the show, for the big production of the concert, it’s for the music, the bel canto.”
Naturally we had to talk about Eurovision and the fact they won the televote, but didn’t take home the trophy.
“To win the televote is the most important thing,” Piero says. “The televote are the people who buy the album and come to your shows.”
Should the rules be changed then?
“I think Eurovision should be 80% televote and 20% the rest,” Piero says. “I think the one who has to win is the one who people like.”
“Who does the televote is the one who buys the album and comes to the show. I cannot tell you it should be 100% [televote] because of the politics, but it should be 80% and everyone should know the truth about everything that happens.”
When asked about Russia’s Sergey Lazarev winning the televote this year, but not winning overall, Gianluca had encouraging words for the “You Are The Only One” singer.
“That means he’s going to sell more than everyone probably,” he says.
Gianluca also had positive things to say about Italy’s Eurovision 2016 starlet Francesca Michilien.
“We are friends of Francesca and she is our friend,” he says, making it clear that her 16th place finish doesn’t matter. “The most important thing is to have fun and share music and she did. And we’re proud of her.”
Mr Ginoble adds that singers “shouldn’t sing about politics,” suggesting he wasn’t a fan of the winning number from Ukraine.
So who won in his mind?
“Justin Timberlake was the best of the night.”