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Leelee at Sabado Gigante

    A Fun Evening at


By Leelee
Where: Miami
Date/Time: April 22nd/5:30 p.m. (or so we thought)

Our afternoon started by driving from Palm Beach County to Dade County (figure approximately 1 hour). Considering we were to be there at 5:30 p.m., I thought it would be a good idea to get there early to avoid traffic. We arrived at 4:00 p.m. You can’t hurt us for trying. We were hoping to catch maybe a glimpse of (I can say it now) the “AWARD-WINNING” Il Volo hanging out like they sometimes do before concerts. I should have known – it’s me – no such luck.

We were greeted by the Miami Fan Club. They were there early also, I think in the hopes of the same thing. Not only that, they were expecting 50 fan club members. To digress a little, I want to give a shout out to the Double D’s and the rest of the fan club. Now I know what you all are thinking and get your minds out of the gutters. I MEAN Diana and Diana. These two ladies were the first ones we met and they were just awesome and fun. I’m sorry I can’t remember all the names of the gals we met, but you know who you are. Here’s just a glimpse of some of the fan club

Thank you Miami Fan Club for treating us like one of your own!!!

Anyway, it was about 5:30 when they made the announcement that they were going to start calling our numbers so we can go get our tickets. Mind you, the tickets are free. When you go get your tickets, which go by the number in your party, they were not pre-determined, they give you a ticket for food. YES, FOOD!! You had a choice of hot dog or ham and cheese sandwich, chips, and a drink. Pretty cool!

And then we wait…and then we wait…
One of the ladies from the fan club was told that the “AWARD-WINNING” Il Volo would be there about 7:00 p.m. So around that time, the natives started becoming restless and were checking out to see any sign of a limo, SUV, anything to indicate that they were there. Again, no such luck.

They called us in about 7:30 – 7:40 by your seat number. You enter the studio, which was surprisingly very small. It doesn’t seem that way on tv. They seat you row by row and then the announcer comes out and starts giving all the rules and regulations (all in Spanish, so I had a translator on either side of me, which helped).

When looking at the stage, we were seated to the left of the stage, 2nd row. GREAT SEATS – trust me. Looking straight ahead across the set is a large door which is the way we came in. Looking at the door, I thought to myself how the guy across the studio looked just like Gianluca. HOLY COW! The lightbulb went off. Just as I saw him, a woman yelled: “OH DIOS MIO”. We all yelled out. The rest of the audience looked at us to see what we were seeing, and then the ruckus began!!!! They walked out of sight and I was thinking they were ready to come on through the center entrance. But NOOOO. They came in right where we were sitting. They announced to get ready, and I looked through where the curtain was opening and there was Ignazio. Just then a group of girls got up to take pictures and blocked my view – but I was ready. They announced them coming in and I held up my camera and…

At this point, I need Joan’s help, because in her statement she mentioned that ¾ of the audience were Il Volo fans. I’m not quite sure which ¼ were not Il Volo fans. And if by some off chance there wasn’t anyone there for Il Volo, they left being Il Volo fans, based on the Standing O they received after they sang Mas Que Amor.

Now comes the piece of advice that I wish everyone to take heed. DO NOT TAKE YOUR EYES OFF THESE GUYS!! I did. There was so much activity that I was not paying attention until I looked up and found that they were posing for more pictures AND THAT THEY WERE AT OUR END OF THE STAGE!!! I picked up my camera so fast and took the picture and this is what happened…

The worst picture I ever took. But you see who Piero and Ignazio are looking right at, don’t you? Apparently, Gianluca missed the opportuity to pose for me ?. Next time, though…and there will be a next time.

What a great night. Though the picture didn’t come out good, the memory is forever embedded in my mind. Thank you all for reading and sharing in my excitement.

Thanks also goes to Joan and Ivie (cohorts) and Soledad (Solie) from Sabado Gigante.
Now for June!

Sounds like you all had a great time.
That video is such a tease! Loved it!
Now I can’t wait for the show on May 31st.
Thank you for sharing your amazing
adventure with us.


Il Volo Professional ~~ Gearing Up for the Latin Billboards

Hey Everyone!

The Guys hit Miami this week, first for the taping of Sabado Gigante (we expect a full report, LeeLee!  ;D ) and then for the big party,




How exciting is this? 😀   We know Il Volo has been here before.  Last year they walked the red carpet (looking very much the part, in my humble opinion) and actually performed, receiving the only standing ovation of the night. In a tribute to Mexican singer and musician, Jose Jose, they brought down the house with a rendition of his famous, “El Triste”, a song that speaks of the deep sadness one feels at the loss of a loved one.

In case you somehow didn’t get to see or hear that awesome performance, please enjoy this sound recording (just close your eyes and feel the power) courtesy of our affiliate,

Team Il Volo, here —> https://soundcloud.com/stream

Or if you really want to see the performance as well,

Click here —> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bAu1zTbAocE  (courtesy of IlVoloVEVO)

This year, Il Volo will attend the awards as nominated artists in two categories:

1.) Top Latin Albums Artist of the Year, Duo or Group against:
Calibre 50
La Arrolladora Banda el Limon de Rene Camacho
Voz de Mando


2.) Latin Pop Albums Artist of the Year, Duo or Group against:
Jesse & Joy
Los Bukis

According to Wikipedia, Mana’ is the reining winner in both categories.  Is this Il Volo’s year to take the crown?

auditions-free-logoSo if this isn’t enough excitement for the residents of Miami and Florida at large (no…I’m not bitter…not even a little bit…), there was one more very exciting opportunity available to them.  A Miami Talent Agency was hired to fill a few of the red carpet fan slots for the show.  About 70 people were chosen and will be given a ticket to the show after The Red Carpet is complete.   According to the email (which contains instructions on who should and how to submit your name, and which you can view here —> http://www.auditionsfree.com/2014/latin-music-billboard-award-show-now-casting-red-carpet-audience/  ), the talent was chosen in the week of April 8th.  Please tell me some IlVolovers made the cut!

Be sure to stay tuned on April 24th.  The show airs live at 7 pm on Telemundo.

To learn more about this years awards show,  or to read the complete articles about topics in this article, see the links below!


Jose Jose


El Triste


Latin Billboard Music Awards


Behind the Scenes Q&A