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Grande Amore – the wait is over! ~~ By Jana (2015 Archives…)

(Ciao a tutti! – Just about 4 years ago (February 20, 2015), I wrote this poem after receiving the Sanremo version of Grande Amore.  It is clear I was very excited – to say the least.  At the time, this post got 81 comments and something like over 500 views on the site.  Marie also chose it to go into the book we gave the guys, way back when, and I felt very honored.  I thought I’d post it again, just for fun.  I did write a new poem for the new Musica album, that I got yesterday, which is awesome – the album by the way.  However, I don’t think I could top this poem.  🙂  But I will post it as well in a few days. – Enjoy, again!)

 


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We knew it was coming, but when would that be?

We waited, and waited, then shouted with glee!

It was coming soon, but not til after Sanremo;

How long could I last, without a new song from Il Volo?

 

We then heard the news, it was on Amazon.IT!

There I went with my visa, to order it quickly!

I wanted it now, so express shipping I paid;

Hoping and praying, it would not be delayed!

 

Three weeks and counting, how much more can I bear?

I kept watch on my email, when would it be there?

The contest had started and Il Volo appeared;

Singing their hearts out, while everyone cheered!

 

But on Friday the 13th, not bad luck for me,

I read in my mail; the CD would be early!

I jumped up and down, how lucky am I?

I’ll have it soon in my hands; I could just cry.

 

The day finally came, it was arriving today;

I waited and paced, for the delivery all day.

I tracked it online, it came straight from Milan.

On to Bergamo and Brussells, then finally MY town!

 

I raced home to get it, but it was not there?

DHL had not come yet – how much more could I bear?

I went to the store, to pick up my dinner.

They had til 8pm, then there was a knock at my door!

 

It was here, finally, at last, it was here!

I’m sorry, but I could not wait to open it, I fear.

I quickly took pictures and then opened it with care;

Staring lovingly at my hand, so wishing they were there!

 

I listened and listened, and listened again.

Over and over I played it, I did not want it to end.

But bedtime was coming, I so needed my sleep,

I can listen again tomorrow, for I know it will keep.

 

Il Volo is love, Grand Amore, to be exact!

The heck with all the critics, they are just hacks!

So listen with joy, Il Volovers everywhere;

And know that we give them our tender loving care!

~Jana

 

 

It’s Valentine’s Day!

Thought something a bit more light-hearted was due for today (yes, pun intended!)  🙂


I was in Oliver in high school and a beautiful song came out of that musical, written by Lionel Bart.  “Where is love?  Does it fall from skies, above?”  Our love may not fall from skies above, but it does fly!  It flies all over the world to greet their fans.  Their fans, too, fly all over the world, just to hear them!  We spare no expense, our love is unconditional.  Our love is reciprocated as soon as they walk on stage and smile at us.  All worries disappear for at least an hour or two.  Soon, their new CD will be flying into my mailbox – hey, it will be from skies above, all the way from Italy!  🙂

Here are some pics of our guys with their new loves!

  Such adorable little puppies 1-AIGNAfor Igna and Gian, Arturo & Luna! 1-AGIAN

Piero certainly looks like he has been bitten by the lovebug with his own valentine, Valentina!1-APIE

Sending Flight Crew Love to all – far and wide!  We hope you are able to share your love this day with special friends, family, and loved ones.

And of course, always spreading Ilvololove!    ♥  🙂 ♥

 

I’d also like to welcome some newcomers/commenters on our site!!  So many new names that I’ve never seen before!  So glad you stopped by to say a few words.  Please come back often – even if it is just to “say hi!”  🙂 Our site would not be what it is without you!  Thanks to you, we’ve had nearly 250 comments in the last several days with the Sanremo posts by Daniela and the other day, our site got OVER 2,000 views!!  With Daniela’s post about the scandals…

 

Jana

Thank you and credit to all owners of pictures!

 

 

It’s Birthday Time Again! Gianlu!

Last call for birthday wishes for Gian.  They will all need some cheering up after Sanremo!

We made it through record cold temps in the midwest. Forecast of near 50 for Sunday and Monday!

Yes, those of us in the Midwest are now in for more snow on Monday, along with frigid temps for the weekend!  We’ll just have to imagine ourselves next to Gian on the beach!  🙂 

Yes, it’s birthday time again for our youngest, curly-haired, member!

Gianluca will be 24 this year on Feb 11 – hard to believe they are growing up so quickly!  Time sure flies when you are having fun?  We are having fun, right?  🙂

Anyway, this year will be special again for Gian, as Sanremo will have just happened.  Let’s hope he has more to celebrate than just his birthday this year.

Once again folks, send your birthday greetings to Kelly, our phenomenal video/graphic artist on the crew and she’ll start her gathering of favorite photos!

Submit your wishes to: ilvoloflightcrw@outlook.com

You can also submit them here, on this post.  Kelly will get them directly from the Flight Crew address…

Once again, I’m sure Kelly would like ideas for a theme song for the video.  Of course, Gian is her favorite, so she might just have something already in mind, but I know she loves all of your ideas!

Grazie,

Jana

 

p.s. we’re having a cold front move through the Midwest here, thought we could use a picture to warm us up a bit!  🙂

Can Our Guys Beat the Odds?

We all want the guys to win, but can they?  What are the odds?  Has anyone come back for the second time and won again?

In the 68-year history of Sanremo, only ONE person, as a solo entry, has come back and won twice.  This was Peppino Di Capri, who won in both 1973 and 1976.  There have been several solo acts that have won, that were previously part of a duo, or trio…. they are:  1971 – Nada & Nicola Di Bari and in 1972 – Nicola Di Bari; 1987 – Gianni Morandi, Enrico Ruggeri, Umberto Tozzi and 1993 – Enrico Ruggeri (who also wrote his own song); 1989 – Anna Oxa and Fausta Leali and 1999 – Anna Oxa.  Anna had the greatest comeback with a 10-year spread.  So, 1999 was the last year where someone won, that had previously won before whether individually, or part of a group.  No other group has won twice.  If the guys win this, this will be a first in the history, for one group to win twice.  It has been 20 years since someone has come back and won twice!

Specifically speaking of the odds, let’s go back four years to 2015.  The Italian bookmakers predicted that Il Volo would win back in 2015.  However, the odds were about 3 to 1; with their buddy Lorenzo Fragola, coming in 2nd place.  Nek was WAY down on the scoreboard at number 16!  However, we all know that it was literally “neck and neck” with Nek and the guys at the end, with them winning by a very small margin – winning, none-the-less.  🙂  Remember, they were the favorites.  I could not find any data on the actual percentage that they had them winning by, as the data I found was just an end result and they stop the odds the day the competition ends.  It may be interesting to see how the odds may change up to the finals on Saturday.

Let’s fast-forward to today, this week!  I believe D-Squared, both told me that this guy known as Ultimo is destined to win this 69th Edition of Sanremo (just like Il Volo in 2015).  First off, he actually won the “newcomer” award last year in 2018 and he also wrote his own song.  Nothing against the guys, but I think if you write your own music, and it is good, you have a definite advantage over those who don’t.   He is also young and very popular.  His real  name is Niccolò Moriconi, but goes by Ultimo.  The bookies have him winning 24% of the vote, Irama at 16%, and Il Volo at 13%.  Pretty tough odds – almost twice the percentage points.  However, if you look at the odds from 2015 with the bookies having Nek at #16 and him moving to within close points to almost beat Il Volo – well, I guess anything could happen.  Hey, they have the Pope on their side?  🙂   This reminds me of a great line from one of my favorite movies – Trouble with Angels.  I don’t remember what the scene was, but I believe there was some kind of competition or some disagreement.  Rosalind Russell played the Mother Superior and her response was, “I have God, on my side!”   🙂 Of course, it’s always “Thy will be done…”  Maybe it’s Ultimo’s time?

At one point, the bookies did have Il Volo at 2nd place, however, something must have happened to change the odds – not sure what that could have been?

See below for the current full odds of the Italian bookmakers, compared with 2015:

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There have been some beautiful pictures being sent from Sanremo from our guys and Il Volo Music.  One that is very touching, is one sent by Piero.  He finds the plaque in the sidewalk, with their infamous win from 2015.  What memories and emotions, just seeing it there, must bring back?  We ask ourselves… why are they doing this again?  They must know in their hearts that the chances of winning again are very slim.  Even if they come in second place, which is still a great honor; it is not winning.  It is a great risk for them.  Of course the fans will still love them, for we are not “fair weather fans!”  We know they are strong, but if they do not win, we will support them, along with their family and friends.  Just like we did for Eurovision.

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No matter what, they have an awesome world-wide tour plan and hey, as far as I’m concerned, they have saved the “best for last” for the United States and the few dates in Canada, but we all know how that could change and if the other parts of the world go well, they could easily add more dates in the US and Canada.  Yes, they will be in Canada, but only Montreal and Toronto, both on the East side of the country.  A long way from the West or Central areas of the country.  But still just a plane ride away, at least it’s in the same country.   I know many of us Americans are thinking…. how can I get to Italy in September??  🙂  Ok, is it just me??  lol!  

Whatever happens guys, buono fortuna siempre!!

So, will the sun set on their dream of repeating their win at Sanremo, or will the dawn break another new beginning in the chapter of their lives to start their next 10 years together?  We will find out on Saturday, February 9, 2019!!

This weekend, along with the finals, the Detroit Il Volo gals will also be celebrating Gian’s birthday!  So, we will have a celebration, no matter what – of course, we hope for a dual reason!!  🙂  

Ciao!

Jana

p.s.  I was really sweating it there when my cable station had not yet put on there about Sanremo, however, it was finally there yesterday and I have my DVR all set up to tape it on the RAI1 station!  🙂

Thank you to the following websites for my sources:

https://eurovisionworld.com/odds/sanremo_2015

https://eurovisionworld.com/odds/sanremo

https://www.altrospettacolo.it/sanremo-2019-chi-vince/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sanremo_Music_Festival

 

 

 

It’s Birthday Time Again! Gianlu!

Just about 1 week to go and counting!!  Keep the wishes coming!

We made it through record cold temps in the midwest. Forecast of near 50 for Sunday and Monday!

Yes, those of us in the Midwest are now in for more snow on Monday, along with frigid temps for the weekend!  We’ll just have to imagine ourselves next to Gian on the beach!  🙂 

Yes, it’s birthday time again for our youngest, curly-haired, member!

Gianluca will be 24 this year on Feb 11 – hard to believe they are growing up so quickly!  Time sure flies when you are having fun?  We are having fun, right?  🙂

Anyway, this year will be special again for Gian, as Sanremo will have just happened.  Let’s hope he has more to celebrate than just his birthday this year.

Once again folks, send your birthday greetings to Kelly, our phenomenal video/graphic artist on the crew and she’ll start her gathering of favorite photos!

Submit your wishes to: ilvoloflightcrw@outlook.com

You can also submit them here, on this post.  Kelly will get them directly from the Flight Crew address…

Once again, I’m sure Kelly would like ideas for a theme song for the video.  Of course, Gian is her favorite, so she might just have something already in mind, but I know she loves all of your ideas!

Grazie,

Jana

 

p.s. we’re having a cold front move through the Midwest here, thought we could use a picture to warm us up a bit!  🙂