Donny Montell

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Donny Montell
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Montell in 2016.
Background information
Birth name Donatas Montvydas
Also known as Donny Montell
Born (1987-10-22) 22 October 1987 (age 31)
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

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.

Musical influences

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

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

Studio albums

Title Details
Donny Montell
#BLCK

Extended Plays

Title Details
Tik Tau Vienai
Norim Dar

Singles

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

  1. Roxburgh, Gordon (3 March 2012). "Lithuania: Donny Montell with 'Love Is Blind'". eurovision.tv. European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 3 March 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Leon, Jakov I. (12 March 2016). "It's Donny Montell for Lithuania!". eurovision.tv. European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 12 March 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  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. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

External links

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