She’s the young soul diva who gave Malta their second Junior Eurovision win in 2015. But could Destiny Chukunyere now be headed to the Eurovision Song Contest? The “Not My Soul” singer was recently spotted at the bootcamp filming of the upcoming second series of X Factor Malta. This could be her path to Eurovision 2020.
Maltese news site Lovin Malta spotted Destiny sitting in the audience at the recent bootcamp taping. The bootcamp audience is make up of the other hopeful competing acts, which suggests that if Destiny is at the bootcamp, she’s taking part in the contest this year.
After romping to victory at Junior Eurovision 2015, Destiny has been a fan favourite to represent Malta at Eurovision. The young soul singer turned 16 last year, making her now eligible to compete at Eurovision.
Earlier this year, series two of X Factor Malta was confirmed. The show will again feature Maltese Eurovision icon Ira Losco on the judges panel, along with music manager Howard Keith Debono, legendary rocker Ray Mercieca and singer-songwriter Alexandra Alden. JESC 2016 host Ben Camille will also return as X Factor host.
While the upcoming series of X Factor Malta has not yet been confirmed as being used to select Malta’s artist for Eurovision 2020, it is strongly expected that this will happen.
If that’s the case, in order to make it to the Netherlands in May, Destiny will have to progress through the bootcamp round, the six-chair challenge and judges houses. If she makes it to the live shows, Destiny will have to face the public vote each week. If she manages to win the series, then Destiny may indeed find herself with a ticket to Maastricht or Rotterdam.
At the age of 13, Destiny represented Malta at Junior Eurovision 2015. She performed the 1960s-style soul number “Not My Soul”. It finished in first place with 185 points, Malta’s best ever Junior Eurovision (and Eurovision) result.
In 2017 Destiny competed in Britain’s Got Talent. After impressing the judges with her audition, Destiny progressed to the semi-finals. Despite giving a stand-out performance of Aretha Franklin’s “Respect”, Destiny was eliminated.
Destiny also had a role in Eurovision 2019. She was Michela‘s backing vocalist, supporting the X Factor series one winner at the side of the stage. This led some fans to wonder if Destiny was being given a Eurovision refresher, to set herself up for a 2020 return.
Destiny continues to sing in Malta. Earlier this year, she performed Beyonce’s “I Was Here” on Maltese television, an example of her progression and glow-up in the years since JESC 2015.
Malta is a country that loves Eurovision and has long had its sights set on a Eurovision Song Contest victory. Their best results to date have been Ira Losco and Chiara, who each placed second, in 2002 and 2005 respectively.
But in the years since, Malta has struggled with their Eurovision entries, managing to qualify for the grand final only half the time. Their best result in the past decade was Gianluca Bezzina, who placed eighth in 2013 with “Tomorrow”.
Malta has struggled with sending entries that appeal to Eurovision juries but fail to spark as much enthusiasm with the televote public. With two Junior Eurovision victories under their belt, Malta are keen to nab their first Eurovision victory.
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