The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — are re-assembling to celebrate the 2010s. Today we’re swooning at the romance brought to the stage by Italy‘s popera stars Il Volo, with their smash “Grande Amore”.
What do you get if you mix one of the most popular contemporary popera groups in the world with the Eurovision stage? A top-three place, of course! Dramatic, powerful and romantic, “Grande Amore” was guaranteed to be popular with the public, and it certainly was, as it stormed the televote.
The theme was very Italian, with Classical Roman imagery behind Ignazio, Piero and Gianluca. Other than this however, the staging was simple and clear, letting the three stars’ voices shine. It had been a little while since a non-English entry made the top three, so to see Italy land another podium finish since their 2011 return was fabulous. Is the magic still making us fall in love? Read on to find out…
Il Volo – “Grande Amore”
“Grande Amore” reviews
Angus: As vocalists, Il Volo were untouchable and their vocal firepower cannot be denied. But it feels like in hindsight, to borrow a phrase, this falls into the “wall of sound” category of Eurovision performances. Everyone was blown away by vocal and it worked then, but now looking back, the performance is hardly inspiring. They stand in a line, they step out of a line, they stand back in the line. The screens riff on a fall of Rome theme, but it make little impact. Ultimately they were Il Volo, so having no staging didn’t matter, but reviewing performances, this fades into the pack a touch.
Bernardo: Intense, epic, dark and a bit over the top. All qualities “Grande Amore” had in 2015 and did not lose almost five years later. Il Volo brought the vocals but had mediocre staging that ultimately killed their chances of winning. Back in 2015 it was a moment but in 2019 it’s just another good performance in a sea of songs. The best part of it all is that Il Volo quietly returned to their already established careers and continued performing to packed theatres all around the world.
Deban: Il Volo’s Grande Amore was a welcome surprise in 2015. Since Vienna, I have enjoyed hearing this song on the two occasions that I have seen Il Volo live in concert. Recently, the West End cast of The Phantom of the Opera clung onto the West End Eurovision victory with their rendition of “Grande Amore”. It was a spectacle, and it served as yet another reminder why this entry is so great. That said, I often skip it on the CD.
Kristin: Il Volo were robbed. Plain and simple. With all my deepest love and respect to my darling Måns, it was “Grande Amore” that should have won in Vienna. This song never ceases to amaze me with its beauty. The epicness is flawless and the vocals — especially the harmonies — is nothing short of perfect. It has only been four years, but “Grande Amore” has already gone down in Eurovision history as one of the all time greats. And rightfully so. Is it too late to demand a rematch? Asking for a friend… (#JusticeForIlVolo).
Florian: One of the most memorable years, when televoting got overruled by the jury scores… and yet I’m not entirely certain whether or not that’s a bad thing! The song has its strengths, and particularly the vocal delivery is outstanding. However, I don’t feel like the track, purely taken into consideration, defines something I would rightfully come back and listen to. And it’s definitely not the best Italian entry ever since their comeback either!
Julian: Back in 2015, I wasn’t a fan of “Grande Amore”. However, my opinion today is the complete opposite. It is one of the best Italian entries ever. They showed Europe that opera can do well in Eurovision. The trio’s symphony from their three voices was just phenomenal. It is a shame that they couldn’t bring the song contest to Italy.
In the Wiwi Jury we have 24 jurors but only have room for six reviews. The remaining scores are below:
We have removed the highest and lowest scores prior to calculating the average. This is to remove outliers and potential bias. We have removed a low of 2.5 and a high of 10.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 7.75/10
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