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THE BEAUTIFUL BARITONE by Daniela

Today I definitely want to tease the female consensus.

We all know that Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca are very good, and it is for all that we admire them a lot. But today I want to confirm another thing that is obvious to all ……. BUT HOW BEAUTIFUL IS OUR GIANLUCA ???

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He is a very sweet and sensual beauty, but it is not only an end in itself, because all of us know that behind that beautiful face there is also an incredible voice, which goes deep into you and amazes you.

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In reality, IL VOLO are all three handsome guys, but Gianluca has a style and elegance, for which he could be also a beautiful model or even a handsome actor.

These days, then, were published beautiful black and white photos that show Gianluca in all its beauty.

The shots were made by photographer Pier Costantini.

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Those eyes, so beautiful and sincere, that can scrutinize you but that have also been often witnesses of warm tears coming from emotions that come from the heart.

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That smile, perfect and disarming, blazing with perfect teeth.

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These beautiful shots, have managed to make a very serious image of Gianluca, a thoughtful but charming man.

 Who does not know it, seeing these shots could immediately think “what a magnificent photo model …. is he an actor ???”

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In reality, even when Gianluca lends himself to a simple selfie or to some shots made by fans, the photos are just as beautiful, perhaps less artistic but very natural and the beauty of Gianluca does not suffer at all.

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This is Gianluca, a really nice guy, but also sincere, elegant, proud, sweet, sensual, generous and affectionate.

Congratulations Gianluca.

Daniela

Credit to owners of all photos.

IL VOLO AND THEIR FANS, by Maura and Daniela

I suggest you read these wonderful considerations by Maura Pucci on the subject: Il Volo and their fans.

 

I can not explain the phenomenon “fan of  Volo”. Instead, I have feelings certainly to be verified. And these feelings lead me to conclude that it is difficult (nothing is impossible!) to find something similar elsewhere.
There are singers, who fill arenas and stadiums, have a huge but less … cohesive fan, much more diverse.  Same thing I have to say, thinking about my children, regarding the world-famous foreign bands, of which they are fans since they were young.
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When these bands come to Italy, there is great enthusiasm, ticket hunting, they go to applaud them in other cities, sold out concerts, woe to those who touch them etc … Despite this, my children do not follow and have never followed these bands, in the same way that we follow IL VOLO.
From one concert to another they leave them, they do not think about them in the least.
The fandom de Il Volo is something different and it is also necessary to make distinctions.
In Latin America we find the younger fans who constantly follow their idols, especially on Instagram, which is daily fed by the guys themselves. Their appreciation is manifested above all with smiles and little hearts, also because young people do not like to write ….. In the US and in Italy their audience is different, more adult, musically more prepared and appreciates more the voices that the appearance physical. In the US they heard them sing professionally since they were kids. Effect “infant prodigy”……
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But, unlike what they did with Shlrley Temple, they did not abandon them once they grew up, on the contrary … The numerous transatlantic flights on the occasion of the Italian concerts, in particular in Taormina and Verona, are showing that their love is “forever”.
In Italy some of us have known them almost like brats and then they found them already great, others have discovered them in their twenties or so. All of us were struck by sounds now obsolete, melodies and forgotten harmonies, finally true voices. And we all adopted them or we fell in love with them, depending on age ….
The pages dedicated to them have sprung up like mushrooms. I think,  that in the world no singer has a number of fan pages superior to IL VOLO and not even in Italy as regards the “our own” singers …. Too bad there are no comparative studies in this sense!
So, it formed a hard hoof of Italian and American fans that follows them on Facebook in a manic and obsessive way and that follows them, if he can, in concerts from one end of the peninsula to the other, not sporadically …. but DAILY .
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We always know where they are, with whom they are, where they sleep, what they eat (of this subject we are very well informed …) and if they go to a place without letting us know why, we get angry too …. We are even able to follow the route of their planes step by step when they travel. And we look forward to knowing when they land. We travel with them, we live with them. Let’s make a local mind: is this normal? Does it happen to fans of other singers ?. Personally I can not believe it.
To conclude …… Our attachment to Il Volo, which makes us a permanent fan “in service”, I would call it type,…. morbid / familiar, that is visceral: we feel them part of our affections. In fact, we can not bear to be left without news of them. 
Through videos and photos, which fortunately the guys generously do not make us miss, we live in symbiosis with them … It is as if, every day, we put them under a microscope to learn everything about them: nothing escapes us, a look of understanding, a gesture, a grimace, even a sigh.
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And all we try to interpret, each according to their sensitivity and their desires. That being the case, the deep feelings that our guys inspire us, it is inevitable that they translate into POETRY, on the part of those who are able to transform emotions into words. Very difficult, in my opinion, to find something similar in fans of other singers.
And you do not think that they, feel suffocated by this our great love for them?
No,they are instead gratified and consoled by all the negative things they undeservedly receive.
Personally, I like to imagine them wrapped in a giant bubble of love, a sort of protection, to proof of the bullets of those who do not love them.
If they did not know they are so loved, they would not be smiling and happy as they are actually our dear Gianluca, Piero and Ignazio !!!
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Congratulations Maura, you made a beautiful analysis, in which I find myself, because I am a fan of IL VOLO and I confirm it with pride!
 
Daniela
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Credit to all owners of photos.

ROSEMARIE MEETS PIERO, By Rosemarie and Daniela

Perhaps not everyone knows that between June and July, our Rose Marie Paliobeis has been in Italy and in particular in Sicily.
Her journey began as a 2 week tour to visit Naples, Sorrento, the Amalfi coast and then Sicily, but then Rose Marie, let herself be tempted by another  tour offered by  Dario Mirabile, the friend of Piero, and so Rose Marie, after having seen the Amalfi Coast, Naples and Sorrento (where for but a moment she did not see the guys at the Agnes prize), she reached Sicily and what is the first picture she send me?
It is not possible not to recognize Taormina and the Bam Bar !!
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She also went on the Volcano Etna where the day before it had snowed and then sent me this message:
” I am in Palermo, I love this beautiful city! We were in Agrigento this afternoon and went to see the Greek temples. We are taking a tour of Palermo tomorrow and Monday afternoon I will leave this tour go to Naro. I am tired but ok.”
Ok, Naro is approaching and Piero is in Naro, because in this period he is doing school exams.
And here is the picture that she sends me.
A beautiful photo of RoseMarie in the company of Wendy, Joanie, Suzana, Dario and …….. our beautiful and sweet Piero !!!
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I’m so glad she met Piero (even a little jealous), and she confirms that he’s a very kind and caring young man, he finished the exams and everything went ok.
But the meetings do not end here, for the following days, Piero will continue to go to greet our ladies, a true gentleman, will spend a little of his time with them.
Here he is in the beautiful photos taken by Suzana Gutierrez of AAIV.
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But the thing that RoseMarie told me with such amazement was that Piero remembered very well a gift from her.
” I gave him a bent nail when I saw him in Detroit, it was a good luck piece like the ones Luciano Pavarotti collected and he remembered that I gave it to him in blue box. I was so impressed that he remembered because they receive so many gifts on tour.
We asked about the many gifts they receive, especially t-shirts. They keep some but can’t possibly keep all. They donate others to homeless shelters. “
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“He did say they would be touring USA in 2019 but there were no definite dates yet because the manage team is dealing with music, dates, venues etc. He stopped every day to see us, usually at the beach. He was with his friends and family but took time out for us to ask how we were and if we liked Naro. Of course we loved Naro. A small town where everyone knows each other.The other ladies with me have met him before many times but this was my first (hope not the last) time that wasn’t a meet/greet. ” 
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“He was just a normal down to earth young man, waving to everyone who greeted him as they drove or walked by. He spent time with us at a friend’s house where we learned to make pasta and pizza. So I can’t begin to tell you all how fortunate I was, and to say how lucky we are to have this young man in our lives. May God keep these 3 safe, and healthy. May they find true love someday and have families of their own .” 
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Damn, RoseMarie, this last shot is really amazing, who of us would not like to take a picture with a similar hug?
Yes, you were really lucky, a pity that you could not stop until the concert in Taormina ……. but for that there will be a next time, is not it?
Daniela
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Credit to all owners of photos.

THE ESSENCE OF IL VOLO, by Daniela

The Italian tour of 5 concerts has just finished.
The concerts were memorable, every person who was fortunately able to participate, still has in his eyes the beautiful images and in his ears, the lovely voices of Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca.
The web has been flooded with videos and photos that pass, step by step, every moment of our beloved boys.
There have been moments, however, that I consider exceptional, and have been stopped by a video and a series of photos that I now propose to you.
Here is the short video:
This is the moment before the start of the concert in Taormina.
This is a gesture, that the boys, always make before every concert ……… and it is simply WONDERFUL, this gesture expresses all the friendship, affection and harmony that exists between these guys.
Surely, having grown up together, away from home, has built in them a harmony that not all groups of singers have.
In this mini-tour, there were many small episodes, where the boys, they helped each other, had an altruistic support among themselves, a concrete help of VERY FRIENDS.
I get emotional, every time I see this gesture of theirs, confirming a deep friendship.
And here is the series of photographs taken by Marco Ferriero.
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These shots, all performed in Taormina, show all the affection that IL VOLO has towards its fans, you look with how much love, they approach and do not deny a gesture, a photo, a kiss.
Surely these gestures will have sent into raptures these lucky fans, some of them with disabilities, managed to get closer thanks to the fact that, in Taormina there are no barriers before the stage.
Direct contact with Ignazio, Gianluca and Piero, who with great affection embrace the fans, take children in their arms, they come close for shots in the foreground.
But how much sweetness do these shots ??
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These guys are certainly artists of great skill, their voices are magnificent, but in them there is also something else that we like, they love people, this affection that hardly they deny to others, and this makes them in our eyes, even more special.
They love people and people reciprocate
This is IL VOLO, these are GIANLUCA, PIERO and IGNAZIO.
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Now I translate a part of what my friend Melina wrote and that, in my opinion, has precisely hit the target, to you then the comment.
“The guys in concert in the Greek Theater of Taormina seem to transform themselves, expand into a different and bigger dimension, both in singing and in jokes. They are safer, more passionate, more emotional, more joyful. I wondered: will it be the spirit of the ancient musicians and comedians, who still hovers in the theater and permeates the millennial stones to operate this miracle? To pervade, to seize and to transfigure those who know how to recognize and welcome? Memories, which are not lost but remain impalpable and wait for the right time and the right people to be affected? Who knows !! It is certain that only those who have the appropriate sensitivity can perceive this subtle malia, Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca this sensitivity, they have it at will, but also those who follow them: you are “our” audience, our family, they have declared proud at the beginning of the concert. And true, the fans of Il Volo are different from all the others, they have a singular feeling and in addition to admire and esteem the boys artistically, they feel for them a deep sincere affection and a lot of tenderness, this means that the protagonists are not only those on stage, but that everything is a continuous exchange of emotions, emotion and happiness between those who perform and those who assist … indeed no, participate! And at the end when this exchange stops, it’s almost a pain and we start waiting for the next time!”
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That’s right, Melina is right, and you, what do you think?
 
Daniela
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Credit to all owners of photos and video.

A Magnificent Concert:Marostica, by Daniela

And finally the big day of MY concert of my guys arrived … yes because that’s how I feel this event, a concert, all for me, performed by my dear guys Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca.

First of all I tell you that it was a FANTASTIC concert !!!!!
The things I want to tell you are many, but let’s go in order.
We arrived in Marostica in the afternoon of a very hot day. The soundcheck was scheduled for 6 pm.
I had never seen Marostica before and I must tell you that it is a beautiful little fortified city, that is, crossed by the boundary walls that had to protect the city.
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Now, these walls enclose the city center and the beautiful Piazza degli Scacchi where there will be the concert.
Piazza degli Scacchi is so called because it has the shape of a large chessboard, where every year there is a game, made with human chess.
At 18: all ready in front of the entrance, check the pass to us, there is an incredible heat, unfortunately we will wait outside for an hour, because the security was not yet present, the guys are already on stage, we see nothing but we hear them.
What incredible voices.
Someone had the nice idea to record at least the voices.
And while we waited for them to open their doors, look who I met? Wendy and Joanie who have just finished Naro’s tour with RoseMarie.
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When they finally opened the gates, they told us that it was absolutely forbidden to make videos or photos. Only the people of the fan club could do it.
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In this video fragment without audio made by the fan club, there’s also my husband and I. Who can find me?
You could not get close to the boys who finished the rehearsals with the orchestra, and they greeted us. 
And finally I take possession of my place.
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And here we are at the time of the concert.
Piero advises that they are ready to enter the stage.
HERE THEY ARE
From this point, start my videos, I took almost everything, even the dialogues between one song and another, until I filled the memory of the video camera.
NESSUN DORMA
followed by GRANADA, which I did not record. 
In the next video, before presenting the next song, Ignazio and Piero present, joking, the orchestra teacher Parmeggiani, saying that he is tall with blond hair and blue eyes, just like them.
They present the entire Filarmonica Veneta orchestra, and then present the next song, ARANJUEZ, solo by Gianluca.
E LUCEAN LE STELLE: Piero solo
In the next video, Ignazio, begins a speech, which will resume several times during the evening, making everyone laugh.
The square is bordered by houses of at least 3 floors, the house that is on the right of the stage, has a large balcony on the first floor, and that balcony is full of people watching the concert.
Ignazio starts by telling Piero that he is studying to become a surveyor, and so he will raise the walls, so there will be no more evaders …… because these people are watching the concert without paying the ticket. Everyone laughs.
Piero then says that these people have bought houses, so they are in their homes and can watch the concert.
Ignazio says to Piero: “what’s the reasoning?” So I buy a house inside the football stadium, so I can watch all the games for free “.
Everyone laughs.
Piero says: “You know I tell you, let’s go on singing”
and Ignazio replies: “but the fact remains that they have not paid the ticket” !!
TORNA A SURRIENTO.
CORE N’GRATO
AVE MARIA MATER MISERICORDIAE 
O PAESE DO SOLE 
Now, Ignazio tells Piero, “Do you know the rest of the warrior?”
Piero = What does the warrior’s rest have to do with it now?
Ignazio = It has to do with it, because you are like a warrior
Piero = To be with you, yes, I am.
Ignazio = That is, you are a great warrior, even if you are smaller than me
Gianluca = Where do you want to get there?
Piero = Ignazio, we’ve known each other for 10 years, where do you want to arrive, say it in your own words.
Ignazio = Rest a little.
Gianluca = He’s sending him away
Piero = I go, I’m sorry for you (to the public), but I’m going to rest (then asks Ignazio) but then I can come back, after this song?
Ignazio = If you want, you see.
(while Piero leaves the stage, he plays the tubular bells)
Ignazio = What is it?
Gianluca = Piero goes away, with the sound effects. He leaves with style.
Ignazio = (to the public) This new song, for me, is one of the most beautiful songs, sung in a musical, because precisely, it is part of one of the most beautiful musicals in American history.
Gentlemen and gentlemen (then he correct) ladies and gentlemen, we are gentlemen……. from West Side Story:
MARIA
MY WAY
In the next video, Piero asks Wendy Campbell and Joanie Greenspan, to get up, then says that Wendy, today is at her 62nd concert of IL VOLO and Joanie at 65th, people applaud.
Ignazio asks Wendy and Joanie to get up and then adds “in practice, they, their retirement, instead of going to the casino, come to our concerts”.
Ignazio adds a sentence in Sicilian dialect and Gianluca says: “Ignazio was born in Bologna”
Piero starts talking but Ignazio stops him and addresses Gianluca “Why is it a disease, born in Bologna?”
Gianluca = No, but from the accent, one would not say, why …
Ignazio = (to the people), I will tell you my story, if you have two seconds.
Piero = Now the brioches for breakfast arrive …..
Ignazio = I was born 8 years after my sister, in Bologna, and after 9 years we moved to Sicily and as soon as I set foot there, I became Sicilian.
Gianluca = And you have completely forgotten the Bolognese accent
Ignazio = yes, I forgot it in Calabria (on the way arriving in Sicily), the Sicilian accent has become part of me …… we want to present the next song?
Gianluca = I would say that it is the case to go on.
Piero = (to the crowd) Now you will be alone with Ignazio, who will sing for you, especially for the Americans so be careful with the pronunciation:
TONIGHT
O SURDATO NNAMMURATO, I’m sorry, half the video is out of focus, then I changed the batteries!
CELITO LINDO
NO PUEDE SER : Piero
LIBIAM DE LIETE CALICI
At this point the classical part of the concert ends, the boys get rid of the jackets, the pop part begins …….you will also hear my voice, Ignazio asked the crowd to sing!
IL MONDO
IO CHE NON VIVO
In the next video I resumed a comic situation, that now I translate for you.
I = We were, eating at the Castle, and it was very good.
P = Where there is food there is Ignazio.
I = Anyway I like it all, in this city …… apart from those who do not pay on the balcony, I have to say two little words to the mayor.
G = Look, the mayor is here in the front row.
I = you and me (to the mayor) we have to talk for a moment.
P = Mayor, give Ignazio the keys to the city, so he will be happy.
I = Let me finish (he tells Piero)
P = What worries you?
I = It ‘s the second time that while we are here to do one of our concerts, because I remember, that is displayed a billboard written PIERO WANT TO MARRY ME? ……… (Ignazio goes to the girl) not it’s convenient for you.
P = But he is still young
I = Where is your dad?
P = Is it here in the square or not?
I = she will be 18 (the girl answers 14 years) …… what ?? Go home!! Come back in 4 years.
G = Better between 10.
I = You’re beautiful now, I imagine in 4 years.
P = (responding to the girl), Honey, I’ll think about it but ……. (he looks at the sign) but are there already answers? SI SI SI.
G = You have no choice.
P = ok, I will answer you SE
G = Let’s applause this sweet girl.
P = She wants a kiss
I = Go and give her a kiss
(sweet hug and kiss, and Piero detaches his hands to show, to the father of the little girl, that he does not touch her!)
L’AMORE SI MUOVE  
and at this point the memory of the camera is filled, end of the games …… I tried again to film but it continued to turn off. Sin.
Then they sang O SOLE MIO that I have not resumed and then Ignazio says that we can approach the barriers, and asks everyone to sing with them, start VOLARE .
I can not even record the ending with GRANDE AMORE with all the front people singing and moving their phones with the light on.
But I propose you this little video filmed by the fan club.
And now, look how wonderful the square full of people is.
It seems impossible to me, but I was in the second row.
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What do you want me to tell you …… it was a FANTASTIC, WONDERFUL, UNIQUE concert.
They are exceptional professionals, good, nice, beautiful, we say “beautiful outside and inside”.
I tried not to lose any detail, only to be able to tell it to you.
Too bad not to have been able to approach them.
But it does not matter, there will be a next time and maybe I will be more fortunate ….. but what I say, I was already lucky, I saw a beautiful concert performed by our treasures, IGNAZIO, PIERO and GIANLUCA, our beloved IL VOLO .
 
I hope you enjoyed it too: Daniela
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Credit to all owners of videos and photos.

~~ We Laugh A Little ~~ by Daniela

Time ago talking to the pirate of our crew, we both remembered having seen this montage of photos of our beloved Ignazio, Gianluca and Piero.

Connie, I finally found again. I dedicate it to you.

And all of you, what do you say about these combinations of characters?

To me they seem very apt.

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But, since our boys make us dream, we remain in the world of fairy tales.

Which of you would not like to have a prince like these?

Really nice, are they not?

Which one do you prefer?

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And in a comic version? Also nice here, they could interpret a whole comic!

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What to say, these guys, we like in every way, but what I prefer, is this !

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IL VOLO ALWAYS IN MY THOUGHTS AND IN MY HEART.

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Credit to all owners of photos.

~The Road of a Success~ by Daniela

This post is dedicated to all those who have not followed IL VOLO from the beginning (including me), but certainly will be a welcome review for those, however, followed  Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca since 2009.

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Mamma Mia!!! They were really small, almost do not know each other, how much sweetness, three children.

 

In this video we are in December 2010, a Sunday television program called “Domenica In”.

I had never really seen this, a participation in the PEQUENOS GIGANTES program, in Mexico.

Really sweet with these little children.

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Same year 2011 but Italy, still guests at “DOMENICA IN”, tribute to Ennio Morricone.

Year 2012, our little treasures, are growing, notable transformation of Ignazio.

Here they are in Pietralcina, at the charity event UNA VOCE PER PADRE PIO.

Same year 2012 still a charity event, this time in France: TELETHON.

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Year 2013, for the 40th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards.

Year 2014 in Moscow, in concert with Toto Cutugno.

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Same year 2014 Arena di Verona, in duet with Anastacia.

We have reached the year 2015, Sanremo and the victory, and immediately after the Italian tour. This video was filmed in Naples during the rehearsals of the concert in Piazza Plebiscito. Impressive to see the people present at the rehearsals and who will remain until evening under a scorching sun.

The boys almost can not try, but the affection of the public is really beautiful,an incredible chorus of voices.

Of course they have come a long way in singing, in life and in our hearts!

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Credit to all owners of videos and photos.