I suddenly realised today that I didn’t put my report on here. And as many people don’t know my Tumblr (as it will stay *ahem*) then I shall transfer it here too. Originally in 2 parts, I’ve put them both together. IT’S LONG BTW.
So, to start with mum and I met up with 2 friends at the train station & travelled down to Bournemouth for about 12:30pm. We were driving through the town when we got stuck in traffic right near the entrance to the new Hilton hotel. Now, who should be parked outside it, getting cases out the back of the cars but CARLOS. WE SAW CARLOS FROM A DISTANCE *swoons* So basically that’s how we knew where they were staying. It would have been easy to run along there once we’d checked in to our place, but we decided to wait and see if we could see them arrive at the venue instead. Less intrusive.
Anyway, we freshened up, had some lunch and headed out down the front. The sun was shining, the people were packed like sardines on the beach, you couldn’t move down on the Prom either. Basically there were loads of people! And classic cars too. For a show. Meaning it was chaos. We hung around by the ramp down to the stage door, watching the world go by and waiting to see if any posh cars came through that were made this century.
We just missed a people carrier, with blacked out windows, which we think had 3 of the guys in, because about 5 minutes later another one came by and stopped not far behind the other one. I squinted at the person in the front seat and saw it was Seb! We all waved at him & he waved back, then spoke to the driver, before getting out and coming over. HE WAS DELIGHTFUL AS USUAL. My mum was in seventh heaven, being the Siren she is. Basically clinging to his arm when I took the photo of them. We gave him some gifts we’d got for the guys and the dancers, and he said he’d pass them out.
Then, my friend got in there with the idea of a rock album. He actually said, and I quote: “Yeah, I like that idea I think. I actually suggested that myself for the next one.”
WE NEARLY SCREAMED AT HIM.
So there we are, we might actually have our dreams come true (again) with the next album *crosses fingers and toes and eyes and legs etc* After a few minutes he had to go, so we said goodbye and that we’d see him at the M&G later, then we turned our attentions to the huge busses that were parked along the side of the building, housing who we assumed to be the crew and possibly the dancers. Our suspicions were confirmed when Raul stepped off one of them to go to the cliff edge for a cigarette and coffee. We pounced, basically. Poor guy. BUT HE WAS SO SWEET. We got hugs and everything. And we chatted to him for absolutely bloody ages. He even gathered us in a circle to try and block out the wind for him so he could light his fag. Mum ended up doing it for him!
We told him about the pressies for the dancers and that we’d given them to Seb. He said thank you and he’d go find them when he got inside. Which was about 15 minutes after we began talking to him. Once we’d managed to gush about how good we thought all the dancers were, from what we’d seen on YouTube & how we couldn’t wait to see the show live (which we also told Seb). Raul Pardo is an absolute sweetheart & I will fight anyone that ever says otherwise! Eventually we left to go back to the hotel to change before heading back to the venue, having realised the other people carrier most likely did have the missing Divos in it. We missed them, but we got 1 and what a 1 he is.
We were all lucky enough to have M&G’s (despite the fact they are hella expensive. I saved like f*ck) and I was the brave soul who went up first. My job was to ask if they’d opened the gifts yet & show them a pic of what they were in case not, because my friend wanted them to know which were ours….. What we didn’t know was we could have taken them in with us! Unlike last time, where there was a table to put them on, this time you could hand stuff straight over to them. Bugger.
But anyway, I said hello and shook hands with David & Carlos, then I went to do it with Seb & he wasn’t paying any attention whatsoever. He was watching the woman before me leave the room. So I stood there, smiling at him & waiting patiently. Urs was last, and he kept side-eyeing Seb & looking back at me, rolling his eyes jokily and grinning at me. Eventually Seb looked around again and saw me there and his face was precious! He was like: “Hello! I’m so sorry. Good evening.” Bless his heart!!
Anyway, as soon as I pulled out the photo & mentioned the gifts, they all knew what I meant and said they had opened them, they were lovely, and thank you very much, and Carlos grinned brightly (AT ME *swoon*) and said he had his propped up in the dressing room so he could look at it (they were framed things). So having done that, I had my photos taken & moved to the side to watch the other 3. Then we went to take our seats for the show.
OH MY F**KING GOD
There’s not much more I can say than that to describe it. It was the single most amazing thing they have ever done ever. The dancers were not in the least bit distracting, they added so much. My eyes were drawn to them, of course, but only because they were so bloody good! In no way did they take over. The guys voices were fabulous as usual, and to see them dancing wasn’t nearly as cringey as I thought it would be! LOL!
They were joking and playful all night, mostly at poor Carlos’s expense. He’s getting old and they’re letting him know it. But as he said: “I’m like a good wine. I get better with age!”….And David’s retort of: “Then you must be FABULOUS!” is obviously spot on! 😉 #Biased
And the solos. OH MY THE SOLOS. David just blew us away. All the guys had standing ovations after, but I didn’t think his was going to stop. And he genuinely looked so touched that people were cheering so loud and stamping their feet for him. HE’S SO CUTE. And who knew Urs had such a strong voice!! He showcased it incredibly. Sebby had me nearly sobbing with his and Carlos was Mister Showman personified. I loved every bit of it.
Being in the front row we got quite a bit of reaction from them. Probably because we were loud and gobby (imagine that!) Seb grinned at us & said happy birthday to 1 of my friends after we held up a banner for her, and got us to sing his line in My Way. Urs pointed to us when David was doing his out of breath bit, as we’d shouted they were made to dance after he’d said they weren’t. Carlos got us up to dance during Quien Sera. WIGGLING HIS HIPS AT US I SWOONED. We even got a wave off of Raul & Emilia when the guys were taking their bows before the encores!!
I honestly didn’t want it to end. I’ve been to 4 concerts now, and this is by far the best one of all. It was a complete show. They got to show what they can do, and a little bit of what they like with their own songs. I’m praying for a DVD, because this is one show that is just made for it. It NEEDS to be watched over and over!
As we were walking back to the hotel we passed the dancers coach again & got to speak to Diana (who dances during Abrazame with Arneys). She was so lovely. A couple of her friends were there to see her, so we chatted to them too. Then Suzy turned up and joined in. We were stood there for a good half hour just talking about the show, where they were going next, etc….When we finally left to go up the hill, we heard someone calling my friends name & turned to see Raul running after us! He gave us all a hug & said it was nice to meet us, and thank you for coming, that he was glad we liked it. DID I MENTION HE WAS SWEET??
To sum up: Best night of my Il Divo life.