Malta’s Junior Eurovision champion Destiny Chukunyere is a simmering favourite to win Eurovision 2020 with her song “All of My Love”. But it could have been another story if things had gone differently in Croatia.
Croatian women’s magazine Gloria reports that the song was originally recorded by one of its co-writers, Bernarda Brunovic. She submitted it to the Croatian national final Dora, but the show’s selection committee did not pick Bernarda’s version to be among the 16 finalists.
The Zagreb-born, Swiss-raised singer may be familiar to Eurovision fans for competing in the 2011 Swiss national final. There Bernarda placed second with her song “Confidence”. Last year, she competed in Croatia’s Dora with “I Believe in True Love”, which placed sixth.
Bernarda also made her mark in Germany, appearing on the 2018 series of The Voice of Germany, where she established herself as a strong soul singer. The series featured future Eurovision stars Ben Dolic — who took second place — and Sandro, who made it as far as the sing-off round.
But it was another Eurovision attempt that led to Bernarda being introduced to the Austrian-Bulgarian maestro Borislav Milanov. Bernarda told Gloria magazine that she first met Borislav last year, after the Swiss broadcaster had expressed interest in Bernarda having another attempt at Eurovision.
While Bernarda and Borislav’s song was submitted too late to be considered as the Swiss entry, a creative partnership was formed. The pair continued to write and came up with “All Of My Love”, which was submitted to the Croatian broadcaster for Dora.
A new destiny for “All Of My Love”
The song wasn’t accepted for Dora but after hearing that Malta was looking for a song for X Factor winner Destiny, they took a chance and submitted it.
Bernarda explains, “A few days passed, and Boris called me again. What good news! Everyone was happy with the song. They still had some ideas for a few details in the arrangement, to make the song even more like Destiny.”
And Bernardo will have a chance to make her mark with the Eurovision performance. She will accompany Destiny as a backing singer in Rotterdam and will even have a solo moment to shine. Bernarda has praise for the Maltese star, saying that Destiny sings great.
Bernarda — who has a visual impairment — also spoke about life with her disability. She said, “It’s not worth wasting energy on irrelevant things. There are too many beautiful moments that would be a shame to miss out on because of a hurt ego. Every fall has brought a new upswing. The motto: Never give up on your dreams.”
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