Italian Eurovision entries and the Pope: it’s an inevitable union.
After the selfie of Francesca Michielin with Papa Francesco, which broke the internet in Italy several months ago, now it’s time for Il Volo to sing their way to heaven.
Or so we thought.
Back on July 21 Ignazio, Gianluca and Piero shared the good news that they would serve their Italian bel canto realness in Krakow, the second biggest city in Poland, for “World Youth Day”.
Organized every three (or sometimes, two) years by the Catholic Church, WYD is an event for young people initiated by Saint Pope John Paul II in 1985.
Writing on their Facebook page the Sony Music trio said they were “excited and honoured” to sing in front of Pope Francis and 1.5 million pilgrims at the Campus Misericordiae.
Alas. Yesterday the trio announced to their fans, through their various social media channels, that they won’t bring their Grande Amore to the event after all.
“We greatly regret to inform you that this weekend we won’t take part to the World Youth Day in Krakow,” they wrote on Facebook. “We apologize to all those who have been waiting, sharing with us the intense emotion of this great opportunity. We wish you a happy and warm involvement, hoping there will be another chance to sing for the Pope and experience the special atmosphere of World Youth Day in the future.”
The lack of an explanation has left fans speculating why they had to pull out at the last minute. Some have suggested that one of the members may be sick, but there doesn’t appear to be any evidence to support that. Regardless fans are feeling the sting, with one commenting on Facebook: “After this news, I could die.”
We’ll pray for you, babe.