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FIRST DATES OF THE ITALIAN TOUR by Daniela

JUST FYI!!  I just tried to order tickets (Feb 16 at 12p) and either the site is jammed, or blocked, not sure what, but I can’t get past the “go to shipping” info area.  🙁   My dear friend Veronica said she would try to order me some from there.  Hope there are still tickets left when she gets home!

Good luck if you try to order any!!  You will need to register on the site first and sign in.  It actually still had my order from when I purchased them almost 3 years ago now!  Lol!

Here, the first dates of the Italian tour have been announced.

Go to  ticketone.it to find tickets.  Verona venue is offering a gold package with a pre-event, but no guys for 250 euros.  However the first 2 rows are already sold out.  It is orch pit area.    Best regular tx there after that start about  90 euros  but when I checked a bit ago, they were already on the 3rd row there also.  If you are a member of the fan club you should have gotten an email, however I missed mine!  🙁  Came in at 4am sometime!   Pat forwarded it to me.  It references going to fan club page for presale code, which has technically already expired, but maybe can get better seats still?    I just looked at site though, and did not see any reference code?  Jana 

Finally the tour is taking shape.

Here is the list:

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I think they are only the first dates, surely others will be added, in fact you will have noticed that there is no Taormina and this is not possible.

Also there are not the two dates of Matera, which we know well have been announced. Maybe those are the two dates of the PBS special, will they be by invitation only ???

I believe that I will go to Verona, but I still want to wait for the announcement of all the dates.

The dates of the instore have also been announced.

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I will go to Milan on 22 February, only a few days are left, what a thrill!! I will be able to see them, even if only for a moment, while they sign my copy of the new CD.

I will give them all the greetings and all the love from all the IL VOLO FLIGHT CREW !!! ❤️

For now, this is the news, but it’s just the beginning . . . things are moving.

Soon other dates will be given.

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Some good news was needed, given the latest news that had made us so angry, and things, here in Italy, are not yet settled.

On the contrary, every day we discover many wrong behaviors, ungenerous and unjust actions that our guys have suffered for years from the press.

Things do not end here ….. there will still be a lot to say.

Daniela

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Credit to owners of all photos.

SANREMO AND THE SCANDALS by Daniela

Sanremo has passed. It was really hard. The boys expected very busy days of work and emotions.

Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca were, to say the least, fabulous, magnificent performers of a beautiful song.

The first night, they are greeted with a very long applause that has confirmed the affection of the public.

On the evening of the duets, together with the violinist Alessandro Quarta, they performed a magnificent performance and received a standing ovation. They deserved first prize!

Let’s review the performance together.

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Sanremo is over and third place went to them. Honestly, as things were going, I did not even believe that they would be placed within the first three positions, but, as usual, let’s recap everything.

It is now known to all that Italian journalists have never had a good relationship with IL VOLO, but this year they have really exceeded the limit of rudeness.

Already the Sunday before the beginning of Sanremo, the newspaper ROLLING STONE ITALIA had published an article to say the least honorable comments on our boys, so that in the evening, Torpedine had made a hard post against the newspaper, from his Facebook page.

Sanremo started and there were evening performances and continuous interviews during the day.

For those fortunate enough to be able to follow Italian TV, he will have noticed that the boys have always been polite, humble and sincere, always with a smile even if they sometimes listened to comments and unjust vows on them.

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Therefore, during the final evening, in scrolling through the final classification and getting to the fourth place and seeing that IL VOLO had not been called, I was very happy. I ran to vote again, final verdict, third place. Damn, I’m glad they are within the first three, but they could also be second, because I’ve always known that ULTIMO was the super favorite and is also followed by countless very young fans.

But now, after being aware of certain videos and above all of the votes of each evening, I felt a great rage.

IL VOLO COULD BE FIRST TOO.

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But the thing that made me more angry are videos taken in the press room, where we see journalists ridicule our boys, when Piero begins to sing and a journalist shouts “in jail” and then to the final proclamation journalists rejoice because IL VOLO is only third, and a woman’s voice says a dirty word addressed to the boys, whom I do not want to repeat.

These are really scenes of infinite baseness. I am deeply ashamed of these people.

Here is the video.

Today this video, is going around the web, thanks to Francesco Facchinetti (TV-radio host) who retweeted it by adding these textual words to journalists:

“I would kick you in the ass, until the end of the world, idiots, assholes and fools.”

Everyone is outraged, and all the newspapers and TV are talking about it.

The boys of IL VOLO, have always been very kind and polite to everyone and do not deserve a similar treatment.

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Saturday afternoon, just before the last night in Sanremo, the boys were guests on a television program and there was a debate between our boys and a woman journalist who was always very critical with them.

The presenter asked Gianluca if he was affected by the negative criticism and Gianluca said no, because the more journalists criticize them and the more people support them.

Then the presenter, addressed to the audience in the hall, said: “Whoever agrees with Gianluca gets up.” and all the people got up.

The journalist was offended and wanted to leave, Ignazio intervened, trying to calm her down and reassure her, while Piero said: “It’s a week that you tell us that our music is old, but we like it.”

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But let’s talk about the votes.

I am attaching the table of overall votes, before the final evening, as you can see, IL VOLO was in first place.

In the last last vote, Ultimo overcomes them, thanks to the televoting, but also to the juries, the same juries that allow Mahmood to win, because both juries all vote for Mahmood, which instead had not taken so many votes from home.

So now there is a big storm, because those who voted from home paying, has seen the result overturned by a jury of 8 people.

A newspaper wrote: “If there is someone who has to complain about the vote of the Press Room and the Jury of Honor, it is IL VOLO”.

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And in all this, our boys how did they behave?

Exceptional as always.

After suffering all the bad comments, they were on the podium and immediately congratulated the winner, a sincere hug, to Mahmood, still incredulous to be the winner, Ignazio even seems to help him out of the shock. Ignatius, you are a sweet teddy bear.

There is no malice in them, only affection for everyone.

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Of course the bitterness is so much, then watching those horrible videos, the anger rises, and I wonder how the families of our boys reacted? One of them commented, but I believe on behalf of everyone, of course Ercole Ginoble.

“Sanremo has always been a stage where there is no lack of controversy, it is not the first time that we are facing them but it is also a stage that leaves room for the judgment of the people who listen and choose the music in which they recognize each other!

Thanks to all those who have made their support felt these days and in these 10 years. YEA, IL VOLO!”

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But after watching those videos, Ercole Ginoble tweeted like this:

The good and educated “journalists” ??? Italian. Thank you for your professionalism!

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And at the end today, on the official Facebook page of IL VOLO, the guys have published this comment: 

We needed a few days to be lucid and to tell our story about what happened.

Some journalists (and it is good to say only a few) have heavily insulted us. They used words like “shit”, “fuck”, “in jail”, which we consider as the result of a real form of bullying, of teasing from the stadium. These people have not brought glory to the order they represent, their attitude has been an insult, before us, to all fellow journalists who do their work in a serious and professional manner.

In 10 years we have received a lot of criticism about our music, about the genre we sing, we have been accused of being arrogant and snooty.

We have never given importance to all this, also because, fortunately, we have supporters who support us daily and love what we do. But when we see videos that testify to the wickedness and lack of humanity on the part of people who could be our parents (many of whom are also our grandparents), it annoys us a lot. Bother because every artist must have his own space for musical expression. To be called “shit” or to see someone shouting “in jail” just because we are doing what we like to do in life is very disrespectful to us, but above all to freedom of expression.

Music should be freedom, not a reason for insult!

Piero Barone, Ignazio Boschetto, Gianluca Ginoble of Il Volo.

But since we talked a lot about last night, let’s enjoy at least a little piece of MUSICA CHE RESTA.

And here in this video, the most beautiful moments of this adventure of Sanremo.

 

And here is the cover of Sorrisi e Canzoni.

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I’m so proud of our Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca !!

You guys are formidable, you’ve done some performances, not a step, but a whole scale above all the others.

Your talent is unquestionable, and when you have combined your talent with the Fourth violinist, it has been a pleasure for ears and eyes.

But what should we say about you as a human person?

You are really beautiful people, polite, and pleasant to everyone, humble and good.

I’m so proud to be your fan.

I am a fan of IL VOLO.

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Credit to owners of all photos and videos.

THE WHOLE WORLD IS ROOTING FOR IL VOLO by Daniela

Among the various articles that came out in these days of the frenetic life of Sanremo, with one, I was genuinely pleased.

I translate it for you.

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The whole world is supporting IL VOLO in Sanremo, the performance on you tube, commented by the United States to Russia.

Greece, Egypt, Poland, Brazil, Canada, Indonesia, Turkey and Sweden are just some of the countries where the approval messages for the trio competing with the song “Musica che resta” come from.

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That the trio of IL VOLO was famous all over the world is now well known. Despite the very young age the “tre tenorini”, a nickname with which they are known, can boast a respectable career that has led them to duet with singers of the caliber of Barbra Streisand and Placido Domingo and to perform in every corner of the globe.

After the victory at the Sanremo Festival, which took place in 2015, the vocal trio has landed at the Eurovision Song Contest where the song “Grande Amore” has managed to climb on the third step of the podium, but is in fact the most voted by the vast public from home, made up of over 200 million viewers.

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An experience that has made them even more famous internationally and has allowed them to grab fans from every country. Now, on the occasion of their return on the stage of the Ariston theater for the 69th edition with the song “Musica che resta”, their admirers have been poured much praise on the YouTube video uploaded by RAI a few hours after their performance.

Immediate comments from the numerous supporters and to amaze is the amount of reactions from people from all over the globe. Romania, Greece, Egypt, Cyprus, Poland, Guatemala, Bulgaria, Spain, Brazil, Argentina, Portugal, Canada, Indonesia, Turkey, Hungary, Germany, Georgia, Serbia, England, Sweden, United States, Russia, Bulgaria and Azerbaijan are only some of the countries from which the approval messages for the trio of IL VOLO come, a sign that the international public has not forgotten them after the European song contest, but rather expects to find them on the stage of Tel Aviv for the 2019 edition that will be held next in the month of May.

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“Dear Italy, send your pearls to Eurovision. Sincerely. All the Europeans.” , is just one of the many comments under the video of the Sanremo exhibition. If Piero Barone, Ignazio Boschetto and Gianluca Ginoble turned out to be the winners of this edition of the Italian Song Festival, in fact they would automatically represent our country on the famous European stage and, after the success achieved in 2015, could easily point to first place.

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But now here are two other episodes of the video-diaries of Sorrisi.com.

I = Hello friends …. I start. Hello friends of Sorrisi, today is the third day, today there is a lot of promotion.

P = But why did you leave with a blessing gesture?

G = But we were lucky, because we found a wonderful weather, about 15-16°C  (59-60°F) every day, better than that it could not go.

I = So, today a lot of promotion, as always every day, but especially today there is something special.

P = Today we will rehearse with our beloved Alessandro Quarta, the one who will duet with us tomorrow night, in the evening of the duets.

G = Great musician, great violinist, we cannot wait to try on the stage of the Ariston, there will be many surprises on Friday.

P = Tonight we will not sing, we will finally watch the Sanremo festival, the whole episode, on the sofa.

G = Relax, we relax a little tonight.

I = This morning I woke up earlier than the other days.

P = I did not go running.

I = You, what have you done?

G = I slept, I needed a little rest.

I = Boys, as always, see you tomorrow, and you can always follow us on Sorrisi.com. Hello.

P+G = Ciao

Friends of SORRISI, here we are, this is our fourth day in Sanremo.

G = Another episode of Sorrisi’s video diary. Ignazio takes the sun ….

I = Excuse me, yes, a beautiful sunny day today. However today is an important day, especially beautiful, because tonight will be the evening with the host, with the duet.

P = Who will we sing with?

G = With a great violinist, the Jimi Hendrix of the violin, which will make the show really special with his violin, with a touch of rock.

P = He is called Alessandro Quarta. This morning we did a lot of interviews, radio …..

I = We woke up early …

G = We will continue to do interviews, the day is still long.

P=  Yes, it is long.

I = So guys, do not miss tonight Sanremo 2019, festival, we will sing, and then, always here on Sorrisi. com.

P+I+G= Ciao

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I just watched the third performance of IL VOLO in duet with Alessandro Quarta, they were simply fantastic.

They got a long applause and a standing ovation.

The boys were visibly excited.

Very good Alessandro Quarta, I did not expect such a performance.

In the face of all the bad comments.

Here are some photos.

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And here’s a piece of their performance.

This beautiful interview is made immediately after the performance.

P = Performing with Alessandro Quarta, I think it was the best choice we could make. Because it is unique.

G = It was an added value, it made the song even more powerful if you can say that.

I = And then he, like us, tries to send the same message, tries to make understand that the music is beautiful all, there are no factions.

AQ = Exactly. I could not come with others. Either come with IL VOLO or you’d better stay home.

P = You are biased

AQ = No, I’m not biased, I’ve played with many artists (Lenny Craviz, Liza Minelli, Celine Dion, Carlos Santana) but no Italians, they are the first, but why? Because they sing with the heart, not with the head, with the heart !!!

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There . . . are . . . no . . . words.

Our guys are by far the best of all the singers competing in Sanremo.

I do not think they will succeed in winning, as they are hindered, from the first moment.

Even the vote from home will not help them, because the “favorites” have an impressive following by Italian followers.

It does not matter, for us they have already won.

They knew it would be tough and they took this race, thinking only about promoting their new CD.

We want to support the boys. We all make a comment under the video of the first night of Sanremo, even just a heart, but we declare our city, so that everyone sees that they are really supported by every part of the world.

And then …….. go as it goes,
we are always with you!

Daniela

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Credit to owners of all photos and videos.

SANREMO DAY 1 by Daniela

And so the first evening of SANREMO has passed.

What to say, the song IL VOLO is very beautiful, but the audio of the TV show was bad, then it was fixed, but the boys had already sung.

But let’s look at the video of the evening together.

The more I listen to it, the more I like it, it’s beautiful.

The lyrics are very beautiful, the music has a less classic touch of “Grande Amore”, and a little more rock. The voices of the boys always very beautiful.

At the end there was a very long applause, I think the longest of all the evening. The public loves IL VOLO.

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Too bad that in the RAI video, the applause was cut.

At the end of the performances, there were no eliminations or even rankings, but only groupings in three great colors.

In the blue color the most voted, IL VOLO is in that, then there is yellow and finally red.


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What do you think of their clothing?

Honestly I do not like Ignazio’s pants, the rest, everything is OK.

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The guys were very excited, but they were fantastic!

Today in the newspapers, there are different opinions, some consider them winners and those who do not.

A satisfaction, I read a comment that says that the press room, gave an applause to IL VOLO, while if you remember the last time they had reserved only whistles to them.

The official video of the song has also been published today. Here it is, we try to make the views go up, watching it continuously. 

It’s a rather strange video, I have not yet understood the meaning, I have to see it again and again.

Also in these days the video-diary started, we are already on the third day, here it is.

P = Here we are, guys we arrived, the party started.

G = We are here too, ready to celebrate.

P = Hi guys.

G = Hello everyone, we are IL VOLO, this is the first appointment with the video-diary of Sorrisi.

P = We will tell you about our days in Sanremo.

I = Yes, even our ugly figures ….. no, the ugly figures, maybe not. We are happy to do it again (the video diary).

P = You can follow us on Sorrisi.com.

I = A hug, hello.

I = Hello friends of Sorrisi, here we are at another appointment in the diary.

P = This morning what have we done? I was good, because I woke up first and went to the gym, I trained, then I met Gianluca at breakfast and Ignazio, as usual, last.

G = Yes, because we two train ourselves, Ignatius no.

Now, we are doing the interviews.

P = Exactly, we have already done six or seven interviews, we’re going to rehearse this afternoon.

G = It will be a pretty intense day, we are excited because day five is approaching. now we are close, the emotion increases, even the tension, but we cannot wait to sing the song for you.

P = Ignazio, on the other hand, cannot wait to train ….

G = Hello friends of Sorrisi.com, today in Sanremo is a wonderful day.

I = We wanted to introduce you to Fonzie (he refers to Gianluca).

P = We have not forgotten about our video diary, we are walking, but we are actually going to eat.

G = We have already done several interviews, it is a busy day up to 4:00 pm because then we have to rest for the evening.

I = Yes, now comes the most important moment, as Piero said, which is lunch, you have to eat, treat yourself.

P = Actually we are really loads for tonight, there is a different tension, compared to other days, we can not wait.

G = We can not wait to sing “MUSICA CHE RESTA” for you. Hello.

P = From tomorrow we can sing it.

I = Hello everyone.

I = Hello guys third day.

P = We are at the editorial office of Sorrisi e Canzoni.

I = Last night we sang for the first time “MUSICA CHE RESTA”.

G = The feedback from the public has been positive, perhaps we will be returning tonight

P = You will know soon, after the press conference.

G = We can not wait to sing it again, so you can hear it again, and you can learn it by heart.

P = Today, for a change, lots of interviews, it’s nice to hear our song on the radio, this is the most beautiful emotion.

I = But do you like my hair today?

G = It’s too classic.

I = But I’m a “cool”, look.

G = Yes, but you say it to yourself, alone.

I = You are jealous ….

P = Boys, you’ll soon know if we’re singing tonight or tomorrow.

G = Follow us on social media.

I = And here on Sorrisi.com.

P+G = Hello

 

In addition, today our boys have received a prize from you tube.

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This is the motivation:

PR = I am very happy to deliver you on behalf of YouTube, the “Gold Creator Award” for having passed one million subscribers on your YouTube channel. This shows all the affection and enthusiasm of your many members.

P+I+G = Thank you all.

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You can be original, being Italian !!!

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Some shots of the boys in the performance of the second evening.

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So, how did you feel the first evening?

I want all your comments and tonight, waiting for us the second night.

Good luck guys!!!

Tonight, Thursday, IL VOLO does not perform, so they will have a day off, tomorrow they will perform in the duet with the violinist Quarta.

Daniela

Credit to owners of all photos and videos.


Hi – Jana here again…

Click on this link – it takes you to the odds (unfortunately, they have dropped the guys again to #4 after the Wed performance), as well as the “who wins Sanremo poll!”  Look who’s on top!  Be sure to vote!  🙂 https://eurovisionworld.com/odds/sanremo

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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