Exclusive / San Marino 2015: Michele Perniola & Anita Simoncini to Vienna
SAN MARINO – You have to give it to the Sammarinese broadcaster, they know how to surprise us! After having sent the very same team (Valentina Monetta / Ralf Siegel) on three consecutive occasions, SMRTV’s decision for Eurovision 2015 will make the headlines once again.
The young Italian artist, who already represented San Marino for Junior Eurovision last year in Kyiv, will now proceed to the senior stage and wave the Sammarinese flag in Vienna. He will be joined by Anita Simoncini, member of The Peppermints who just represented the micro state in Junior Eurovision 2014! Therefore we have two 16 year old representatives, the first duet from San Marino and the first time a JESC entrant (Anita) participates within a year from JESC to ESC!
SMRTV are one of the last broadcasters to reveal their entry Chain Of Light, as the deadline approaches for submissions to the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest.
INFORMATION ON MICHELE PERNIOLA
He was born on September 6th, 1998 in Palagiano in the province of Taranto, Italy, where he lives with his parents and two younger sisters and where he attends the second grade of Accounting High School. His early interest in music was founded by his musician father. From the age of 9 he attended school of classic ballet and took singing lessons. In late 2012 he rose to the national fame with his performances in Ti Lascio Una Canzone, the popular RAI 1 TV contest for the under 15’s. He was rewarded by both jury and TV audience, being labeled as ‘The Italian Michael Jackson’. he has performed duets with established Italian Eurovision artists such as Al Bano and Raf. On December the 1st, 2012 he won the sixth edition of the talent show, getting 43% of the total votes. Michele was been chosen internally by San Marino RTV for their debut in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2013 in Kyiv with the song O-o-O Sole Intorno A Me (O-o-O Sunlight all around me) which was Michele’s first single release. He co-wrote this song together with his producer and vocal coach Antonello Carozza.
INFORMATION ON MICHELE PANITA SIMONCINIERNIOLA
She was born on April the14th 1999 in San Marino and lives in Montegiardino, the smallest municipality of the country, surrounded by the loving presence of her parents, little brother and two older twin sisters. She is successfully attending the second year of high school with linguistic specialisation in the capital of the Republic, studying English, French and German. She started singing professionally at the age of seven years old in the context of the children choir organised by Fausto Giacomini, teacher at San Marino’s music institute Istituto Musicale Sammarinese. Since 2014, she has been attending singing lessons to improve her skills with her mentor Linda Hermes and Augusto Ciavatta at the Voice Academy in San Marino. She represented her country in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2014 in Malta as a member of the girl group – The Peppermints with the song Breaking My Heart, with the support of Beatrice Simoncini, one of her older sisters, who has become her manager since. They performed third in the final, placed 15th and achieved 21 points, the contest came at a crucial point of her career, and she loves to define it as one of the best times of her life. Besides singing, she also has a passion for ballet, which she started practicing at the age of four.. Her musical taste is very varied. She loves listening to soft rock bands, like Coldplay, but also nu metal bands, like Linkin Park. She loves artists like Radiohead, Nirvana, Beyoncé and Etta James, as well as dancing to the rhythms of DJs performing in the context of a more electronic perspective on music.