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Italian teen trio picks up mantle of the Three Tenors

While hardly rivaling the YouTube view totals for Paul Potts, the operatic surprise of Britain's Got Talent a few years ago (54 million), or Susan Boyle, this year's phenomenon from that show (68 million), three disarming teens from Italy have been generating a bit of a buzz over the past few weeks for their version of O sole mio on a popular TV show -- 1.7 million YouTube views and counting. (That show, Ti lascio una canzone, promotes the preservation of classic Italian popular music.)

The trio delivers essentially the same version of the beloved Neapolitan song made famous by the storied Three Tenors, and, assuming you're susceptible to that sort of thing, the performance has much the same appeal.

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At 14 and 15, these guys aren't ready for operatic singing, and they may not have any interests in that direction. But they certainly reveal potential, especially Gianluca Ginoble (the one in the middle), at least for the pop and crossover market.

Anyway, the performance does provide a certain lift, especially with more than enough gloom and uncertainty out there in the world. (Oh yeah, and for fanciers of cleavage ...

the TV host who introduces the trio will provide, um, extra distraction.)

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