This year at Eurovision we might say that was a class reunion for some of the contestants. Greta Salome from Iceland, Kaliopi from F.Y.R. of Macedonia and Donny Montell from Lithuania. Although, they met again during the semifinals, only Donny reached in the Grand Final and he finished 9th.
Donny was born in Vilnius, the capital of Lituania in 1987. He has artistic roots because of his father, who was drummer into a rock band. He has an older sister who is professional dancer. Until he represented Lithuania at Eurovision in 2012 and this year, he had tried for three times; in 2009, 2010 and 2011. In 2012 gained the right to represent his country in Baku, Azerbaijan with the song called ”Love is Blind” and he reached 14th in the Grand Final with 70 points. He stated into an interview that his biggest achievement in life is his baby girl.
Eurovision 2016 and present
This year, Donny teamed up with Jonas Thander, a swedish composer and producer who previously worked with Miley Cyrus, Ariana Grande and Taylor Swift. Thander sent a song in Romania also, for Cristina Vasiu, but the song did not reach in the semi-final. Into an recent interview after 2016 edition of Eurovision, Donny said that this experience was amazing for him, his previous participation made him grow as an artist and helped him a lot since then . He became more confident in himself and now he can see the bigger picture of this industry. His song, ”I’ve Been Wainting For This Night” came 9th in the Grand Final.