Ever since Destiny Chukunyere gave Malta its second Junior Eurovision win in 2015, fans have been waiting for her to turn 16 and give Eurovision a go. And it looks like 2020 could be her year. The “Not My Soul” singer was among the hopeful acts in the fourth auditions episode of the X Factor Malta.
Destiny and her fellow Maltese singers faced the judges’ panel. Music manager Howard Keith Debono, rock legend Ray Mercieca, singer-songwriter Alexandra Alden and Malta’s Eurovision queen Ira Losco were ready to decide to who would go through to Bootcamp.
Since winning Junior Eurovision 2015, Destiny Chukunyere has been keeping busy, with solo releases, a stint on Britain’s Got Talent, and supporting Michela on backing vocals in Tel Aviv. And now it could be her turn for the Eurovision spotlight. Destiny auditioned with Jennifer Hudson’s “Giving Myself” and her mature performance impressed both judges and viewers, some of whom can imagine Destiny on stage in Rotterdam.
? DESTINY CHUKUNYERE HAS ENTERED X FACTOR MALTA ?
Calling it now: she’ll win the prize of representing Malta at Eurovision, they’ll write her a Lizzo-adjacent affirmation INSPO-BANGER (her Jr Eurovision win was in that ballpark), and she’ll probably win.#Valletta2021
— Rob Holley ?? (@robholley) October 26, 2019
And while the judges gave Destiny four yeses to Bootcamp, she still has to go on and win it. From what we’ve seen of the auditions so far, there are a couple of acts who will be stiff competition for Destiny. But we like a good challenge — may the best singer win!
There weren’t many males auditioning on this episode, but one that stood out was Dav. Jr. The young singer-songwriter spoke of his time in Melbourne, Australia then auditioned with a heartfelt original song played on his acoustic guitar. The judges liked his style and sent him through to Bootcamp.
Fans of Malta’s former national final may recognise Deborah C. The MESC veteran had competed in the show every year from 2012 to its end in 2018. Judge Alex questioned the serial contestant, wondering if her focus was on competitions and not on herself. She auditioned with P!ink’s “Walk Me Home” and got mixed reactions from the judges. But there was still enough support for Deborah C to make it to Bootcamp.
Also standing out was Maltese mom Jozi, who served rock chick realness. Amid all the pop and R&B auditions, she switched it up and performed the Led Zeppelin classic “Babe I’m Gonna Leave You”. With a bold rock voice — and excellent rock hair — Jozi brought a lot to the performance and got four yeses from the judges. She’s off to Bootcamp.
From this week’s episode, joining the above at the Bootcamp round will also be Amy Mizzi, Chanello Galea, Charisse Vassallo, Danika, Francesca Borg, Francesca Busuttil, Francesca Sciberras, Greta Attard, Joanna Gauci Loporto, Julia Balzan, Karine Caruana, Karl Schembri, Laura Camilerri, Lucia Theuma, Mark Debono, Mark Morales, Matthew Vassallo, Miguel Bonello, Samira Cauchi and Shazay Grima. Some of these acts have been put through with the proviso that they will become part of a group at Bootcamp.
What do you think? Who should make it to the X Factor Malta live shows? Would any of these singers be a good pick for Malta to take to Rotterdam? Is this Destiny’s year? Tell us your thoughts below!