Destiny Chukunyere was due to represent Malta at the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam with the soul-tinged, pop banger “All Of My Love”.
After winning the highly-competitive second season of X Factor Malta, Destiny earned the right to represent Malta at Eurovision 2020 in Rotterdam. Her song was internally selected.
And now we’ve compiled 10 facts you need to know about this Maltese diva. Let’s do this!
Malta at Eurovision 2020: Facts about Destiny
1. She’s a Junior Eurovision champion
The most notable feat in Destiny’s resume would be her Junior Eurovision victory in 2015. Aged 13, with the explosive “Not My Soul”, she scored Malta’s second JESC victory in three years. Her 185 point win set the record for the most points scored under the old voting system.
2. She’s a music festival staple
Eurovision events have not been Destiny’s only notable feature. The Maltese powerhouse participated in various singing competitions all around Europe. She took part in the junior portion of Kanzunetta Indipendenza in 2014, where she sang “Festa t’Ilwien” and placed third. In addition, she won the Asterisks Music Festival in North Macedonia.
3. She’s a Sanremo Junior winner
One of Destiny’s biggest competition achievements was to represent Malta in Sanremo Junior for the International grand finals in 2014. She managed to emerge victorious, winning the overall grand prix of the fifth edition.
4. She had a stint on Britain’s Got Talent
In 2017, Destiny brought her brand to Britain. She showcased the golden voice and attitude we all know and loved on the popular Britain’s Got Talent. She blew away the judges and easily got herself a spot among the top 40 acts. And although she didn’t qualify for the grand final, everyone had nothing but praise. She was called a future star and someone who needed to be signed up to a record label as soon as possible. Simon Cowell said “there are probably 5, 10 West End producers watching this show now, like the guys who produce Motown. If I was one of those guys, I would hire you tomorrow to put you on a show like that to kick-start your career. Because your talent, your voice is exceptional.”
5. She received one of Malta’s highest honours
On December 13 2015, Destiny and the Maltese team behind “Not My Soul” were awarded the Midalja għall-Qadi tar-Repubblika (Medal for Service to the Republic), one of the highest of Maltese civilian honors, for their astounding victory at Junior Eurovision.
6. She’s a daughter of a football star
Destiny is the daughter of Ndubisi Chukunyere, a Nigerian footballer who BBC once named one of the most prolific African scorers in the 2001 European season. He also won Best Foreign Player at the Malta Football Awards. He also came pretty close to being signed up longterm to Nigeria’s national football team.
7. She was honored by the Igbo
Since Destiny’s father comes from the Igbo tribe in Nigeria, she was presented with a recognition award for winning Junior Eurovision by The Igbo Delvelopment Union in Malta. The organisation’s patron Nnamdi Ahunanya said that Destiny had become an inspiration to all of the Nigerian community in Malta. Building Bridges!
8. She looks up to the greats
Destiny says that her musical inspirations come from various artists, but she especially cites Beyonce and Aretha Franklin as the ones who kickstared her dream to venture into the world of music. There’s no doubt it’s where her talents shine, as she won the Maltese national final for Junior Eurovision with her cover of “Think”. Her future X Factor appearances included numbers from the likes of Jennifer Holliday and Whitney Houston. She was made to belt it out!
9. She has two loving siblings
Destiny does have someone to give all of her love, as she has two younger siblings — a sister named Melody and a brother named Isaiah.
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In these strange, sad times we are facing as a race, I cannot be more happy to get to spend time with my loved ones. Thank you for being you and words cannot express how grateful I am to get to call you family ?? On another note, these are difficult times and yes, this is a moment that will define us as a nation, let’s stand together, follow the directions of health experts so that in a few days time we will hug each other like we used to! #UnitedWeStand
10. She already has a taste of Eurovision
Before she won the right to go to Eurovision 2020, Destiny already had a taste of the Eurovision experience, when she formed part of Michela’s team in 2019. In her role as backing vocalist, she helped to push Malta to one of its best finishes of the decade. But that wasn’t Destiny’s first time on the main Eurovision stage. After her Junior Eurovision victory in 2015, she was invited to appear at Eurovision 2016. There she got to speak with host and Eurovision 2015 winner Måns Zelmerlöw.
Eurovision 2021 update
The Maltese broadcaster PBS has yet to confirm it’s plans for 2021. Destiny has not yet commented on the matter either.
Could Destiny have been the one to bring a Eurovision victory to Malta at last? Did you love “All of my Love”? Let us know below.