San Marino: Ex Junior Eurovision stars, Michele Perniola and Anita Simoncini to Vienna!
The Sammarinese national broadcaster, SMRTV, has announced as expected today, that Michele Perniola and Anita Simoncini will represent San Marino at the forthcoming 2015 Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna.
After last year’s memorable appearance of Valentina Monetta in the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen, with her song Maybe, this year San Marino has chosen two young people to represent the country in the next Eurovision Song contest, Michele Perniola and Anita Simoncini. Both artists are familiar to the eurovision world, since they have both been Sammarinese Junior Eurovision representatives in 2013 and 2014 respectively. They are both 16 years old and they will be the youngest ever to have taken part in the Eurovision contest.
Michele Perniola was born 09/06/1998 and gain the first lights of celebrity after winning in 2012 at a young talents TV show on RAI 1 , called ‘Ti lascio una canzone’. After that the represented San Marino at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2013 in Kiev last year with his entry O o O sole intorno a me.
Anita Simoncini has studied singing in a choir directed by the Sammarinese Maestro Fausto Giacomini and is currently studying with Linda Hermes. She’s the Sammarinese member of the girl band The Peppermints, the 2014 Sammarinese JESC representatives in Malta and their entry Break my heart. She will be the first artist ever to have competed both in Junior Song Contest and the main contest in a row.
San Marino has participated in the contest 5 times since its debut in 2008, having missed out from the event in 2009 and 2011.San Marino qualified to the grand final in 2014 with Valentina’s 3rd Eurovision attempt for San Marino. Valentina represented San Marino in 2012, 2013 and 2014.