After almost four months, the second series of the X Factor Malta has come to an end. And with it, Malta’s act for Eurovision 2020 has also been decided. Junior Eurovision winner Destiny Chukunyere will have her turn on the Rotterdam Eurovision stage after winning Malta’s national selection.

Destiny’s win might not come as a big surprise to some. From early rumours of her involvement with the series, Destiny has been the one to watch.

The young soul singer already has Eurovision experienced. She represented Malta at Eurovision 2015 where she gave her country their second JESC win with “Not My Soul”. At Eurovision 2019, she supported Michela with off-stage backing vocals for “Chameleon”. Now it will be Destiny’s time to take centre stage.

X Factor Malta 2020 – Grand final

After last week’s semi-final, the contest was left with just four acts: Destiny Chukunyere, Justine Shorfid, F.A.I.T.H and Kyle Cutajar.

While in previous episodes, judges Howard Keith DebonoRay MerciecaAlexandra Alden and Maltese Eurovision diva Ira Losco have had their say in deciding who went through in previous episodes, this time it was down to the Maltese public to select from the four finalists.

The show consisted of three rounds, followed by an elimination. The four acts performed their original songs and then duetted with a guest performer. The contestants were joined by last year’s winner Michela Pace, 2019 finalist Owen Leuellen, and UK X Factor stars Amelia Lily and Louisa Johnson. Kyle Cutajar was the first act to be eliminated.

In the third round, the acts performed a classic Maltese song, taking a break from the usual English-language pop. Following this round, girl group F.A.I.T.H was the second act to be eliminated.

The final two acts, Destiny and Justine, performed one last song to showcase their talent. Destiny performed Lion King 2 song “He Lives in You”, while Justine took on Kodaline’s “All I Want”.

Finally, the Maltese public had their say with the final vote. Justine finished second and Destiny took the X Factor victory — and with it, the ticket to Rotterdam.

While Malta has selected their act for Eurovision, the song is still to be decided. It is expected that Destiny’s song will be internally selected at a later stage.

This is similar to the way Malta has chosen its Junior Eurovision entries — including Destiny’s 2015 entry. This system has worked well for Malta, giving them two JESC wins and four other top-ten finishes in the past six years.

What do you think? Who was your favourite from the grand final? What sort of song should Destiny sing in Tel Aviv? Share your thoughts below!

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Do you think all 3 Symphonix can be Top 10?
Jury wise we know based on 2018 and 2019. But with televote there.. I’m not sure at all.

gilpgilp
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gilpgilp

Give her a good song and she could win.

Dawid
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Dawid

Everyone can win with good song. That’s the point

gilpgilp
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gilpgilp

@Dawid no, not really.

Dawid
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Dawid

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Dani
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Dani

Maltese friends/anyone in the know: do we have any update/guide to her ESC song – how it will be selected, the style etc etc?
Any mention on this from Destiny or an official source? Excited 🙂

Guest
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Guest

The song will be selected by Destiny and the Maltese Eurovision Delegation in the coming weeks. The song she sang in the show , as far as I can understand, is not being considered 🙂

Johan
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Johan

I Vladimir wins in Armenia with that song i would be SUPRISED

Ashton Schier
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Ashton Schier

I mean compared to the other Depi Evratesil entries its quite good

Mia
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Mia

She’s such a sweet radiant person 🙂
Hope she will have good song.

Dawid
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Dawid

No way! I haven’t seen it coming. I’m on shock!

Doris
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Doris

So rigged lol. Thank god Malta is a televote bottom 5 no matter what.

guest
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guest

Just shows how biased you opinion is. Way to go on judging an act simply because it is from Malta and the Maltese public selected her. So much for opening up

Johan
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Johan

i dont like fake news. this was one. your research is horrible

Mr Vanilla Bean
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Mr Vanilla Bean

Great. But you gotta give her a better song. Don’t blow this for her.

Roy Moreno
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Roy Moreno

I’m so relieved now xD
Good luck Destiny!

Polegend Godgarina
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who would’ve thought!

Tú Madre
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Tú Madre

I’m so tired of her voice honestly it’s became irritating by now

Johan
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Johan

so dont listen to her then and dont watch ESC:) problem solved. Why so much drama for a easy problem to fix?

WannaEatMySpaghetti
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WannaEatMySpaghetti

Now we’re on serious stuff. With a good song, Malta can compete for the win. Destiny has all the talent necessary.

beccaboo1212
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Ta Qali 2021? The Fairs and Conventions Centre has a capacity of up to 20,000.

Ana
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Ana

Lol, it’s a narrow tent, it is literally covered in fabric and can barely hold itself. Not to mention thousand of tons of light gear that is supposed to be suspended from the ceiling.

Cviti97
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Cviti97

There might be Destiny vs Lina again after 5 years.

Jim
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Jim

Versus the 2010 winner also

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first row at ESC and JESC

and Stefania (JESC Netherlands 2016) now singing in ESC for Greece.

Boozyfloozy
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Boozyfloozy

So happy for Destiny! She really is an incredible talent, with the right song Malta could seriously be a contender to win it all and to be honest I would love to see Malta finally go all the way!

escxinjected
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escxinjected

and if Lina Kuduzovi? wins EMA we have 2 JESC top three acts from 2015

esc1234
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esc1234

Stephania from Greece is also a Jesc alumni! major reunion vibes

Lisianthus
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Lisianthus

I preferred F.A.I.T.H., but congratulations to Destiny. I do hope she will work on improving her vocal control and toning it down a bit. You don’t have to sing high notes and ad libs all the time.

Joel
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Joel

So Latvia vs Malta again? This once happened in 2002.

Zoli
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Zoli

It’s very early to predict this.

esc1234
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esc1234

Too soon. Latvia is not the most televoting friendly song.

Paul
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Paul

Really?! I’d say it screams televote

Deluded Jamala
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Deluded Jamala

There is no way that Latvia will be a contender for the win this year. Wtf

bryn collins
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bryn collins

who knows she might be

Jake
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Jake

So as I been saying—Destiny was always going to win and X Factor was a fools errand for all other contestants. Now let’s see that Symphonix song with Cesar Sampson.

Roelof Meesters
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Roelof Meesters

Yesss the third queen of the day.

Sabrina
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Sabrina

It’s always nice to see a former JESC contestant reaching the adult Eurovision. Now get her a good song, Malta!

Skiwalko
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Skiwalko

Well, you might say that it was… her destiny!
(laugh track starts playing)
That joke was just as unexpected as her victory. Yet I’d love to use it again after she wins the whole thing.

Johan
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Johan

Im exited for this. All of Malta will have high hopes on her in Rotterdam and if Malta wins ESC she will be a saint in Malta:)

esc1234
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esc1234

I bet that they will even make her a statue and i am not joking, they love so much eurovision and its so cute

Johan
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Johan

i know:) i love countries who love ESC:)

Thomas
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Thomas

With a great song this girl can win Eurovision!

Joe
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Joe

Unsurprising, but very well-deserved! Second Junior Eurovision champ to make the big stage. She’s going to be great!

esc1234
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esc1234

Give her a good song, i want to see Malta winning for the first time ever, they would go crazy

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First row at ESC & JESC

Destiny is stunning and Malta picked wise ……and now Destiny can write history (with a stunning song) – she can win JESC & ESC …..nobody has done that before ! GO MALTA – GO DESTINY !

Aplk
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Aplk

i hope her song is good because i already love her voice

Tom
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Tom

It’s coming!! Malta’s first victory

keith mawson
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keith mawson

Really happy for her what a voice. Give her something befitting of her talent/voice.

Jo.
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Jo.

African realness 2020… Ethiopia, Angola and Nigeria, am I forgetting anybody?

Jo.
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Jo.

why is this under moderation o.0

Johan
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Johan

Yes. Africavision havent even started yet. Concentrate on Europe:)

Briekimchi
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Briekimchi

Must…contain…surprise…

Sebas
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Sebas

This year so far is shaping up to be really strong

Maximos
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Maximos

I hope she gets a new song…. if she does, she might win!! Malta’s first time ever!!!!

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the snipped songs they performed today are not the ESC songs (as far as I know). Wiwibloggs wrote above: “While Malta has selected their act for Eurovision, the song is still to be decided. It is expected that Destiny’s song will be internally selected at a later stage.”

CATHERINE BONNICI
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CATHERINE BONNICI

Not might, she will, she is a whole package, A Star is Born, she will go places with her talent, she is Aretha and Whitney in one.Love you Destiny

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

OMG. I was soo not expecting that. Just kidding…
Enjoy the adult Eurovision, Destiny. May it be your… destiny to do well.

Tommy
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Tommy

GOOD JOB MALTA

Jessey
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Jessey

Yass she slays but pleas tell me that she isn’t going with that songs that she song today at X factor because she deserves more

KESC
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KESC

No, she will participate with another song. Fortunately lol

Jessey
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Jessey

Ohnn yass

Dani
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Dani

Has that been confirmed 2nite for sure?

Azaad
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Azaad

Even more predictable than Samanta winning in Latvia- but Destiny’s a formidable talent and will be a welcome addition in Rotterdam!

Loin dici
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Yay, uh i guess it’s a set win?

Sale
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Sale

As expected, congrats

Alexander
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Alexander

*Pretends to be shocked*

Anyways welcome to the big Eurovision stage Destiny! You are ever welcome and I’m super glad to see her join the main event now.

KESC
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KESC

Congrats to her!! She has so much potential, so they better choose a suitable song!