Il Divo will be performing hits from their latest album Amor and Pasion at the O2. With fans across the globe and 30 million albums sold, thousands will be cramming into the North Greenwich arena to see them in action.

Ever since their inception in 2005, the group has become the most famous classical crossover act in the world. And to get you in the mood for their performance, here are five things that you might not know about them.

1. Multinational

Despite the group name being Italian and singing many of their songs in Italian, none of the vocalists are actually from Italy. The three tenors Urs Buhler, David Miller and Sebastien Izambard are from Switzerland, America and France respectively, and baritone Carlos Marin is Spanish.

2. Creation

The group was formed after Simon Cowell watched the Three Tenors (Luciano Pavarotti, Jose Carreras and Placido Domingo) and was inspired to replicate the act. Il Divo came into being after the music mogul conducted a two-year search around the world.

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3. Guinness Book of World Records

Il Divo was listed by the 2006 Guinness Book of World Records as the most commercially successful, classical crossover group in international music history.

4. Band name meaning

It is not clear how the band’s name came about but Il Divo translates from Italian as 'divine performer', presumably to denote the group’s godlike vocal performances.

5. Slick style

As well as their songs, the group is known for their elegant appearance and exclusively wear suits by Giorgio Armani.

6.30pm, Friday, May 13, from £42.50 at The O2

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