Don’t get me wrong, I’m the first to congratulate Måns Zelmerlöw to last night’s victory! ‘Heroes’ managed to beat Russia and no worries – Sweden will host the Eurovision Song Contest 2016. Yet, had it been [solely] up to the 200 million viewers across, Il Volo would’ve crushed all competition.
According to statistics from EBU and Eurovision Times, Italy secured most televotes for both semifinals and the final. Beaten by Russia, Måns Zelmerlöw would’ve placed third.
“Either way, I’m more than happy. We have won,” says Måns Zelmerlöw to the Swedish news daily Aftonbladet. He should, we’re thrilled to be hosting yet another finale but no arena has been chosen yet.
So, how come Sweden managed to win. Well, not only did the jurys favor ‘Heroes.’ Russia only managed bronze medal, while Italy came sixth.
So, how come Il Volo gain so much traction across Europe? The group claims that they combine a classical Italian recipe with a modern touch. “What we’d like to do is to reach out with this kind of music, it’s unusal, only Andrea Bocelli and Pavarotti sung this kind of music. The Italian song has travelled across the world, we want to do it as well. Sure, we’re young and we might sound more modern attracting a younger audience with their iPods,” says singer Gianluca Ginoble.
“We’re lucky as we cater to a younger and older audience. We’re lucky that the younger generation ask their parents for money so that they can buy our records, while their parents also prefer this kind of music,” says his band mate Ignacio Bochetto to Aftonbladet.