Her cover of Aretha Franklin’s “Think” earned her a standing ovation from all four judges in the auditions.
And after an agonising wait over the weekend, former Junior Eurovision winner Destiny Chukunyere competed on Tuesday night’s semi-final of Britain’s Got Talent 2017. Unfortunately, her second attempt at an Aretha cover wasn’t quite enough to see her through to the final — but there’s still some hope yet.
Destiny Chukunyere: “Respect” at Britain’s Got Talent Semi-Final
Destiny kept her Aretha theme going by opening the show with another of the soul singer’s classics, “Respect”. It wasn’t smooth sailing from the off though, as technical difficulties slightly delayed Destiny’s start.
That didn’t put Destiny off. Working a kaleidoscope of colours on stage, she brought the confidence and vocals that won her the Junior Eurovision Song Contest two years ago. All four judges then paid her compliments.
“I love that you have a God-given talent,” said David Walliams. “To take on a song that huge and conquer it like you did is incredible. It is your destiny Destiny to be a star”.
Alesha Dixon commented that Destiny made “that look so easy, it’s just effortless.” Amanda Holden agreed, saying Destiny is “a born entertainer.”
Simon Cowell wasn’t quite so keen on Destiny covering Aretha Franklin again, but then turned that into a positive.
He told Destiny that “there are probably 5, 10 West End producers watching this show now, like the guys who produce Motown. If I was one of those guys, I would hire you tomorrow to put you on a show like that to kick-start your career. Because your talent, your voice is exceptional.”
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Britain’s Got Talent semi-final 2 results
This year’s Britain’s Got Talent has a slight change to the usual results. Now there is no judges vote between the 2nd and 3rd placed act. Instead, tonight’s top two finalists were decided solely on by public votes.
Eight-year old Issy Simpson won tonight’s second semi-final, with fellow magician Matt Edwards finishing as the runner-up ahead of dancing couple Grace & Ali.
However, all hope is not lost for Destiny. The judges will have their say on this year’s wildcard after all five semi-finals, with one act going straight to Saturday’s final. Let’s hope they still respect Destiny’s voice when all is said and done!
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