ITALY – Il Volo, the 2015 Italian representatives in the Eurovision Song Contest were invited to perform at the Donald Trump inauguration ceremony on January 20th. The band refused the proposal saying “We do not agree with your ideas and we can not support who is based on xenophobia and racism.”
IL VOLO STATEMENT
“We do not agree with your ideas and we can not support those that are based on populism and xenophobia and racism ‘ claim, asking for respect for those who agreed to participate in the ceremony, no one should be criminalized for singing Donald Trump, or those who refused to do so.” Confronted about possible reprisals from the American people to their work, the group ensures that their refusal will not have any influence on their base in the US: “Our future does not depend on this; those who love us will follow us.”.
Donald Trump’s inauguration ceremony as President of the United States of America has been marked by successive refusals by artists: Elton John, Céline Dion, Bruno Mars, Justin Bieber, Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry and Kanye West are just few of the singers who refused to attend. Jackie Evancho, singer of 16 years and known of America’s Got Talent, will be responsible for the interpretation of the national anthem, the high point of the ceremony, succeeding Beyonce and Aretha Franklin.