As one of the “big five” (which also includes Germany, France, Spain and the UK), Italy doesn’t need to worry too much about impressing anyone ’til the last day of competition at the Eurovision Song Contest.
They’re straight through to the Grand Final, you see, where a trio of familiar faces will perform ‘Grande Amore’.
Il Volo are no strangers to international chart success; their debut self-titled album even made it into the top 20 here in Australia back in 2010. But over recent years, their releases have become less successful. A no-brainer then, to help them back into the international spotlight via the San Remo Song Contest and, subsequently, Eurovision.
Staggeringly, ‘Grande Amore’ is one of only seven songs to be performed in a language other than English in this year’s competition. And it’s a big song with big voices. Traditional Italian pop/opera with the boys’ huge voices soaring with every note.
It’s something a little different to everything else we’ve heard thus far, so it may stand out and do quite well for them. Huit points.