Michele Perniola

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Michele Perniola
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Perniola in 2015
Background information
Born (1998-09-06) 6 September 1998 (age 16)
Palagiano, Italy
Genres Pop, Teen pop
Occupation(s) Singer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2012–present
Associated acts Anita Simoncini
Website www.queensacademy.it

Michele Perniola (born 6 September 1998) is an Italian singer, best known for representing San Marino at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2013 with his song "O-o-O Sole Intorno a Me" (O-o-O Sunlight all around me). He also represented San Marino in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 with Anita Simoncini. They performed the song "Chain of Lights".

Life and work[edit]

Michele Perniola was born on 6 September 1998 in Palagiano, a small town in the province of Taranto, Italy, where he lives with his parents and two younger sisters. One of his sisters, Rafaella represented San Marino in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2014 as a member of The Peppermints. Perniola first became interested in music at an early age, but started his singing career at the age of 9.


2012: Ti lascio una canzone[edit]

Main article: Ti lascio una canzone

In December 2012, Perniola won the sixth edition of the popular Italian TV series Ti lascio una canzone, thus rising to fame. Ever since his victory, Perniola started having fans not only in Italy, but also in the United States and China.

2013: Junior Eurovision Song Contest[edit]

Even though the rules of Junior Eurovision say that lead performers must be nationals or have lived in that country for at least two years, the EBU gave special permission to children aged 10-15 of either Sanmarinese or Italian nationality.[1] Michele Perniola was internally selected to represent San Marino at the 11th Junior Eurovision Song Contest on 30 November 2013 with his song "O-o-O Sole Intorno a Me". The song placed 10th in a field of 12 songs, scoring 42 points.

2014–present: Eurovision Song Contest[edit]

Michele Perniola & Anita Simoncini at the ESC 2015

On 18 April 2014, it was announced that Perniola would read the points for San Marino at the 59th Eurovision Song Contest.[2] Despite the fact that he was born in September 1998, the EBU gave him special permission to be announcer of the votes for the microstate.

SMRTV revealed that Perniola and Anita Simoncini would represent San Marino at the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 during a press conference on 27 November 2014.[3][4] Perniola previously represented San Marino in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2013 while Simoncini represented the nation in the 2014 Junior Contest as part of the group The Peppermints.

Perniola has said that he only learned he would be singing a duet with Simoncini while driving in the car to the press conference announcing it. [5]



Year Title Album
2013 "O-o-O Sole Intorno a Me" ("O-o-O Sunlight all Around Me") Non-album singles
2015 "Chain of Lights"
(with Anita Simoncini)


  1. ^ Granger, Anthony (25 October 2013). "San Marino debuting at Junior Eurovision". Eurovoix. Retrieved 25 October 2013. 
  2. ^ Granger, Anthony (18 April 2014). "San Marino: Michele Perniola to Announce the San Marinese Votes". Eurovoix. Retrieved 18 April 2014. 
  3. ^ Jiandani, Sanjay (25 November 2014). "San Marino: Press conference; artist announcement on 27 November". ESCToday. Retrieved 25 November 2014. 
  4. ^ Juhász, Ervin (27 November 2014). "Michele Perniola and Anita Simoncini will represent San Marino in Eurovision 2015". ESC Bubble. Retrieved 27 November 2014. 
  5. ^ S, Sopon (17 December 2014). "Michele Perniola and Anita Simoncini: The Peppermints are far from over". wiwibloggs. Retrieved 17 December 2014.