May 15, 2015
Vienna Favourites Italy 2015 -In Review
It was back in February that Italy confirmed this year's San Remo winner Il Volo would take up the Eurovision golden ticket. So we have been listening to this tune for a while, certainly it was a grower and has stayed with me all this time, I have even given a couple of Il Volo albums a spin on the i phone! as you do. Their 2011 debut was the best, and very sold well internationally so Eurovision would have not been an obvious choice for the boys.
'Grande Amore' has an instant appeal and although it's not a Eurovision tune in the traditional Euro schlager-sense. It is not so far removed from the show, as has been the case with pop opera tunes at Eurovision in the past. Yet I like the song but I have this nagging feeling it could go down the same road as France's Amaury with a 'Sognu' moment, and end up being a favourite that didn't really make the grade.
It would be great to have an Italian win for the Eurovision 60th year and Roma for 2016, yet somehow I predict maybe another 7th placing for the Italians in Vienna.