It’s the song that Destiny Chukunyere would have performed for Malta at Eurovision 2020 — but fans could have heard it at Eurovision four years earlier. Bulgarian Eurovision star Poli Genova has revealed that an early version of Destiny’s “All Of My Love” was her second choice for Eurovision 2016.
Poli shared the song’s history in a live chat on Instagram. She was speaking with the Finnish Eurovision star Krista Siegfrids who had given a shout-out to Malta’s entry for 2020.
Poli then said, “There’s a big story behind it. I’m connected to it. It’s about writing the chorus.”
She then dropped some history, telling Krista, “The chorus of the song, it’s supposed to be my second option for Eurovision 2016, but with different verses. And I’m actually part of the writing of the lyrics. But I think the others forgot about it, so cheers for that!”
But Poli had nothing but praise for the singer who ended up with the final version of the song, Destiny Chunkyere. She toasted the Maltese star, saying “Cheers for the lovely artist Destiny Chukunyere, who actually won in Bulgaria in 2015 – the Junior Eurovision which I hosted here. She’s a lovely lady and I hope the song is going to have success even though that’s not going to be on the Eurovision Contest anymore.”
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The evolution of “All of My Love”
The song went through a number of changes to get from 2016 to 2020. Last month, the Croatian-born, Swiss-raised singer Bernarda Brunovic revealed that she had originally submitted her version of “All of My Love” to Croatia’s national final Dora.
Bernarda had contributed to the songwriting process alongside the Bulgarian-Austrian maestro Borislav Milanov. While their new version of the song was not accepted for Dora 2020, the song still had a future.
After hearing that Malta was looking for a song for Destiny, Boris submitted the song. Bernarda explained, “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.”
The final credited songwriters for “All of My Love” are Bernarda Brunovic, Borislav Milanov, Sebastian Arman, Dag Lundberg, Joacim Persson and Cesár Sampson.
And while Poli Genova didn’t select the early version of “All of My Love” for her Eurovision 2016 comeback, she didn’t make the wrong choice. Poli’s entry “If Love Was a Crime” was a big fan favourite and went on to place fourth in the Stockholm grand final.
What is the destiny of Destiny?
Destiny’s definitive version of “All of My Love” was a hot favourite prior to the cancellation of Eurovision 2020 and was expected to give Malta one of their best Eurovision results ever. However, despite the music video’s popularity, the song remains the only Eurovision 2020 entry that has not yet been released on music streaming platforms such as Spotify.
Speaking to wiwibloggs earlier this month, the songwriter and producer Borislav Milanov confirmed that “All of My Love” has not yet been officially released. However, there is no word on when the song will be released.
There is also speculation as to whether Malta will internally select Destiny for Eurovision 2021. However, at this stage, neither the Maltese broadcaster nor Destiny herself have publicly commented on Malta’s plans for Eurovision 2021.
What do you think? Should Poli have taken the song to Stockholm? Would you like to see Destiny return next year with a new song? Tell us your thoughts below!