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Can there be a worse musical experience than Nicole Scherzinger trilling “Memory” from Cats with the Il Divo boys doing their swelling-chest, tightly smiling, pop-operatic business alongside, all set to an arrangement so sugary that you feel an urgent need to wash out your ears and brush your teeth afterwards?
As it happens, yes, there is a worse musical experience. It’s Il Divo turning “You’ll Never Walk Alone”, from Rodger and Hammerstein’s Carousel, into the most gaudy and overblown outburst of decibels in the history of human singing.
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