Everything started on an Italian musical variety TV show. It was back in 2009 and…:
On April 4, 2009 starts the second editon of the Italian TV talent show “Ti Lascio una Canzone” on Rai1 (the Italian National Television) with Antonella Clerici as a hostess and directed by Roberto Cenci, broadcast live from the Teatro Ariston in Sanremo. In nine episodes (from April 4 to May 30) 39 young performers between the ages of 8 and 16 years – from all regions of Italy – will perform several songs that have marked the history of Italian music. The young singers are selected among the leading students of today’s most prestigious music schools in Italy. They are assigned songs as solos, duets or trios. They also sing some songs all together as an ensemble or with the guest performers. To accompany them there is a 30-piece live orchestra, conducted by Leonardo De Amicis. The songs are rated by two judges (Claudio Cecchetto and Barbara De Rossi) whose vote is summed to that of the public. In every episode there are also two guest judges. Their assigned task is to vote for the best song based on the quality of the performance and give the Jury Award to a winning song in each week’s broadcast. They are also asked to give opinions on the young performers.
Piero Barone (age 15)
Ignazio Boschetto (age 14)
Gianluca Ginoble (age 14)
On the 4th episode the producers of the show decided to put them together as a trio:
and history started to write itself!!!
The first song they sang together as a trio and caught the attention of the audience was ‘O Sole mio’, but during the show the three teenagers performed more Neapolitan traditional songs, such as ‘Funiculì Funiculà’, ‘O surdato ‘nnammurato’ and ‘Torna a Surriento’. They also sang popular Italian classics, such as ‘Mamma’, ‘Granada’(in Italian), ‘Un amore cosi grande’.
At the same time, they continued to perform individually and also as duets with other contestants or with several well-known Italian artists, such as Al Bano, Sal Da Vinci, Salvatore Adamo, Piero Mazzocchetti, Gianluca Terranova, Fausto Leali, Massimo Ranieri, Riccardo Cocciante and more. Some international artists also participated in the show, like Charice Pempengco, Randy Crawford, Bianca Ryan and others. Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca sang together an Italian version of ‘You Raise Me Up’ with The Priests. They also performed along with the other contestants the song ‘I migliori anni della nostra vita’ by Renato Zero, which was the winning song of this edition of the show.
:: Edited by Athena Angelopoulos