“Divine Performer”

So yesterday afternoon I’m sitting down to watch a little TV…and I pop up Tivo’s play list and notice about 3 or 4 episodes of Oprah that my wife believes need to be saved. So I start piling on shit about her filling up "my" hard drive with "Doprah" crap.

Then she says that I "need" to watch a segment of one episode. Turns out it’s Simon Cowell of American Idol fame; so I say: "fine." Yea, I like Simon. Tells it straight up, and as such, he’s the one benefiting those contestants and wannabes on American Idol more than anyone. That means: he’s actually the most benevolent of the three. That, of course, is Uncommon Sense; but I digress.

So Simon does his interview thing, but then announces that he’s put together a new group that have an album coming out and they’re going to perform right there on the Oprah show for the first time in the U.S. Here’s what the arrogant Simon said:

Il Divo have taught me more than I have taught them. I am actually intimidated and slightly in awe of their talent! I am more proud of this album than anything else I’ve ever been involved with, they are going to be huge.

Yea, he’s trying to sell albums. But you know what? He has the goods to back it up. Now…I don’t know if you like formally trained operatic voices doing contemporary music, but I happen to love it–a lot…I do. I can listen to certain songs performed by Andrea Bocelli and tear up every time. The splendor and phenomenal beauty of it is just more than I can take in a single dose. Overwhelming: in every sense of the word.

So here’s Il Divo. Amazon has samples of each track on the album. The track they performed on Oprah was Unbreak My Heart. The big difference is that in the full performance, each guy does at least one solo section, and I can tell you that each and every one has an amazing voice.

These guys are going to be big. No doubt about it.

Richard Nikoley

I'm Richard Nikoley. Free The Animal began in 2003 and as of 2021, contains 5,000 posts. I blog what I wish...from health, diet, and food to travel and lifestyle; to politics, social antagonism, expat-living location and time independent—while you sleep—income. I celebrate the audacity and hubris to live by your own exclusive authority and take your own chances. Read More


  1. Todd on April 19, 2005 at 10:14

    For me, Oprah is always worth a glance. She's quality people. I won't always watch long enough to even see who's on the show, but for reasons just like this, it's worth the watch.

  2. arabella on April 20, 2005 at 14:14

    Oprah is the dark prophetess of fate, eating fat-free deserts in her dark castle in the sky.

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