Il Divo tops charts, romances women around the world



Il Divo play the Air Canada Centre on April 9.


David Miller can’t estimate how much in poundage of ladies’ underwear has been thrown at him, but he says the amount is quite a bit.


“Carlos (Marin) was giving a couple of interviews where he said that Tom Jones was his hero, and then the underwear just started flying,” the American member of Il Divo says. “All kinds: Big, small, new, used, even warm… I always found it kind of strange. We stand by the edge of the stage and people come up to us to shake hands and all of a sudden you have a pair of thong underwear in your hand.”

Even if Miller says the skivvies supply has dried up during their redesigned tour, lingerie bombardment serves as just one example of how the operatic pop quartet has romanced women worldwide with their classically trained voices applied to contemporary hits. You could also cite the seemingly endless No. 1 chart positions and multi-platinum status the men have enjoyed in over 15 countries with their albums Ancora (2005), The Christmas Collection (2005) and Siempre (2006).

American Idol judge Simon Cowell came up with the concept of Il Divo, setting out to assemble men who looked like Armani models with heart-melting voices in April 2004. Miller says, however, that even though the group was Cowell’s brainchild, he remains as hands-off as one can be.

“Absolutely nothing at all,” Miller says of Cowell’s involvement. “The only time we’ll see him is once a year or once every time we make an album.”

Il Divo does have its detractors however. Purists of the genre have protested the singers’ classical and operatic label. Miller claims the nay-sayers have to consider opera and classical music as an evolving thing.

“What I would say to the classical purists, without trying to sound arrogant, is that they have a difficulty. They live in the past,” he says.