Destiny Chukunyere was among the 41 artists who learned on Wednesday that they would not represent their country at Eurovision 2020 after the contest was cancelled. But amid the disappointment, Maltese singing stars have paid tribute to Destiny and her song “All Of My Love”.
Maltese star Valentina Rossi uploaded the tribute to her Instagram. The video includes Maltese Eurovision, national final and X Factor stars covering Destiny’s song “All Of My Love”.
This isn’t a slick production — but it doesn’t have to be. The heartfelt performances, mostly filmed at people’s homes, show the respect and admiration the artists have for Destiny as well as the power of her Eurovision 2020 song “All Of My Love”.
The video includes appearances from Malta’s former Eurovision stars Christabelle (2018), Michela (2019), Ira Losco (2002, 2016), Claudia Faniello (2017) and Glen Vella (2011) as well as Junior Eurovision 2013 winner Gaia Cauchi.
From the X Factor Malta, Kyle Cutajar, Jasmine Abela, Justine Shorfid, Bloodline, Kayati and Celine make an appearance, while previous Malta Eurovision Song Contest regulars Maxine Pace, Brooke Borg, Pamela Bezzina and Rhiannon Micallef also contribute. The line-up also features Maltese singers Kevin Paul Calleja, Giorgia Borg and songwriter Muxu.
Destiny’s Eurovision destiny
Destiny Chukunyere won Junior Eurovision 2015 and since then Maltese fans have been keen to see her represent the Mediterranean island nation on the big Eurovision stage.
It looked like Destiny would have her chance when she won the second series of the X Factor Malta in February and with it earned the right to be Malta’s representative in Rotterdam.
Earlier this month, Destiny released her Eurovision 2020 entry “All Of My Love”, a soul-pop song with gospel influences. The song was written by Bernarda Brunovic, Borislav Milanov, Sebastian Arman, Dag Lundberg, Joacim Persson and Cesár Sampson and seemed destined to give Malta one of their best Eurovision results ever.
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Just received the news that this year’s @eurovision is cancelled. Whilst waiting for a clear way forward & what will actually happen in 2021 , I stand heartbroken and a bit sad in these uncertain and challenging times. Our safety has to come first ! Last but not least, a thank you to all my team. This year has already been such a great experience and I will be forever grateful for all the work you have done in this wonderful journey. No words can thank you enough ?! To all Eurovision fans out there, my thoughts are with you as well. ? Marin Babanov Stay Safe and Take Care, Destiny
And while Destiny sadly won’t get her chance to represent Malta at Eurovision this year, she remains hopeful for the future. Writing on Instagram, Destiny said, “Whilst waiting for a clear way forward & what will actually happen in 2021, I stand heartbroken and a bit sad in these uncertain and challenging times.”
Some fans have suggested that Destiny could be internally selected for the next edition of Eurovision, with Malta choosing her entry via a multi-song national final, or simply keep the usual internal selection song system.
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