Donny Montell

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Donny Montell
ESC2016 - Lithuania Meet & Greet 08.jpg
Montell in 2016.
Background information
Birth name Donatas Montvydas
Also known as Donny Montell
Born (1987-10-22) 22 October 1987 (age 28)
Vilnius, Lithuania
Origin Lithuania
Genres Pop, Soul, R'n'B
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals, piano
Years active 2008–present
Website Official Facebook page

Donatas Montvydas (born 22 October 1987), better known by his stage name Donny Montell, is a Lithuanian singer-songwriter who represented Lithuania at the Eurovision Song Contest 2012, held in Baku, Azerbaijan.[1] He did so for a second time in 2016, when he represented his country in Stockholm, Sweden.[2]

Early life[edit]

Donatas Montvydas was born in Vilnius. His mother was a gymnast and his father was a drummer of the hard rock group Plackartas.[3] Montvydas' older sister is a professional dancer. His interest in music began at a young age. He started performing publicly at age six when his vocal teacher let him participate in the contest for young singers “Dainų dainelė” (“The song of the Songs”),[4] singing " Aš kiškelis mažas“ and he became a laureate. He's married as of 2016 and has a daughter.

Musical influences[edit]

As a child, Montvydas was highly influenced by artists such as Michael Jackson and rock band Queen and would often impersonate these artists from a young age. He also admires Freddie Mercury for his personality.[5] Montvydas also stated that his father is by far his biggest inspiration.[6]

Eurovision Song Contest[edit]

Year National Final Song Results
Lithuanian National Final Eurovision Song Contest
2009 Lietuvos Dainų Daina "From The Distance"
"Dainų daina" (with Rosita Čivilytė)
#2
#11–20
-
-
2010 Eurovizija 2010 "Running Fast"
DSQ
-
2011 Eurovizija 2011 "Let Me"
"Best Friends" (with Sasha Son)
#5
#10
-
-
2012 Eurovizija atranka Lietuvoje "Love Is Blind"[7] Won
14
2016 "Eurovizijos" dainų konkurso nacionalinė atranka "I've Been Waiting for This Night"[8] Won
9

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Details
Donny Montell
#BLCK

Extended Plays[edit]

Title Details
Tik Tau Vienai
Norim Dar

Singles[edit]

Year Title Album
2010 "Running Fast" Donny Montell
"Leisk Mylėt"
"Let Me"
2011 "Mano Vasara"
"Yes or No"
2012 "Love Is Blind"
(Eurovision Song Contest: Baku 2012)
"Norim Dar" Tik Tau Vienai and Norim Dar
2015 "#BLCK"
(featuring Echoes)
#BLCK
"Viskas Bus Gerai"
"Kas būsim rytoj"
2016 "Tai Mūsų Laikas"
"Iš Proto Einu"
"Don't Touch Me"
"I've Been Waiting for This Night"
(Eurovision Song Contest: Stockholm 2016)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Roxburgh, Gordon (3 March 2012). "Lithuania: Donny Montell with 'Love Is Blind'". eurovision.tv. European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 3 March 2012. 
  2. ^ Leon, Jakov I. (12 March 2016). "It's Donny Montell for Lithuania!". eurovision.tv. European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 12 March 2016. 
  3. ^ http://www.last.fm/music/Plackartas
  4. ^ Dainų dainelė The contest for young singers “Dainų dainelė” (“The song of the Songs”)
  5. ^ http://www.balsas.lt/naujiena/206463/donatas-montvydas-esu-lietuvos-ir-savo-seimos-patriotas/3 Balsas.lt Retrieved 2008-07-27.
  6. ^ http://www.lsveikata.lt/sveika-seima/veidai/28-veidai/1310-donatas-montvydas-tiksliai-inau-k-noriu-daryti.html Lsveikata.lt Retrieved 2010-03-05.
  7. ^ http://4lyrics.eu/esc/2012/donny-montell-love-is-blind/ Donny Montell - Love Is Blind lyrics
  8. ^ "Įvertinkite Donato Montvydo „eurovizinę" dainą ir klipą „I've Been Waiting For This Night"". 15 min (in Lithuanian). 4 December 2015. Retrieved 21 December 2015. 

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Evelina Sašenko
with C'est ma vie
Lithuania in the Eurovision Song Contest
2012
Succeeded by
Andrius Pojavis
with "Something"
Preceded by
Monika Linkytė & Vaidas Baumila
with This time
Lithuania in the Eurovision Song Contest
2016
Succeeded by
Incumbent