Donny Montell

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Donny Montell
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Background information
Birth nameDonatas Moantvydas
Also known asDonny Montell
Born (1987-10-22) 22 October 1987 (age 35)
Vilnius, Lithuanian SSR, Soviet Union
GenresPop, soul, R'n'B
Instrument(s)Vocals, piano
Years active2008–present

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"), singing "Aš kiškelis mažas" and he became a laureate. In 2008 he won his first big prize when becoming the Grand Prix winner of the International Festival of Arts Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk, Belarus.[4]

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)
Did not participate
2010 Eurovizija 2010 "Running Fast"
2011 Eurovizija 2011 "Let Me"
"Best Friends" (with Sasha Son)
2012 Eurovizija atranka Lietuvoje "Love Is Blind"[7] Won
2016 "Eurovizijos" dainų konkurso nacionalinė atranka "I've Been Waiting for This Night"[8] Won



Year Title Role Notes
2010 Šok su manimi Himself Contestant
1st place
2012 Eurovision Song Contest 2012 Himself Contestant
14th place
2013–21 Lietuvos balsas Judge Seasons 2–8
2016 Eurovision Song Contest 2016 Himself Contestant
9th place
2019–21 Lietuvos balsas. Vaikai Judge Season 1–3


Studio albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions
Norim Dar
  • Released: 23 December 2013
  • Formats: Digital download, CD
  • Released: 26 March 2016
  • Formats: Digital download, CD
  • Released: 4 September 2021
  • Formats: Digital download, CD, LP


Title Details
Tik Tau Vienai
  • Released: 2012
  • Format: Digital download


Title Year LT SWE

"Running Fast" 2010 Donny Montell
"Leisk Mylėt"
"Let Me"
"Mano Vasara" 2011
"Yes or No"
"Love Is Blind" 2012
"Norim Dar" Tik Tau Vienai and Norim Dar
(featuring Echoes)
2015 25 #BLCK
"Viskas Bus Gerai" 3
"Kas būsim rytoj" 13
"Tai Mūsų Laikas" 2016 13
"Iš Proto Einu" 36
"Don't Touch Me" 7
"I've Been Waiting for This Night" 1 4
"Fly" 4
"Screw Me Up" 2017 2 Non-album singles
"Move Your Body" 15
"Nieko verta"
(with SEL)
"Žiūrėk ką padarei" 2018 2
"Ryto Saulė" 2019 7
"Man Patinka" 16
"Another Lover"
(with Jey Balmain)
"No Strings" 2020
"Kol Vakaras Ilgas" 39[9] 1987
"Kai Nieko Kito Nelieka Man" 91[10]
(featuring Džordana Butkutė)
"Štai ir vėl"
"Atiduočiau Už Naktį Bet Ką" 2021


  1. ^ Roxburgh, Gordon (3 March 2012). "Lithuania: Donny Montell with 'Love Is Blind'". European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 3 March 2012.
  2. ^ Leon, Jakov I. (12 March 2016). "It's Donny Montell for Lithuania!". European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 12 March 2016.
  3. ^ "Plackartas music, videos, stats, and photos".
  4. ^ "Donny Montell". Lithuanian Culture Institute. Retrieved 1 September 2020.
  5. ^ Retrieved 27 July 2008.
  6. ^ Retrieved 5 March 2010.
  7. ^ 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.
  9. ^ "2020 38-os SAVAITĖS (rugsėjo 11–17 d.) SINGLŲ TOP100" (in Lithuanian). AGATA. 18 September 2020. Retrieved 18 September 2020.
  10. ^ "2020 32-os SAVAITĖS (liepos 24–30 d.) SINGLŲ TOP100" (in Lithuanian). AGATA. 7 August 2020. Retrieved 7 August 2020.

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by Lithuania in the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by
Preceded by Lithuania in the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by