Destiny Chukunyere will represent Malta at Eurovision 2021 with “Je Me Casse”.
Destiny was originally due to sing “All Of My Love” at Eurovision 2021. However, the contest was cancelled as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. But, just like several other countries, Malta rested its selection process for one year and internally selected Destiny instead.
And now we’ve compiled 10 facts you need to know about this young Maltese diva. Let’s do this!
Malta at Eurovision 2021: Facts about Destiny
1. She’s a Junior Eurovision champion
The most notable feat in Destiny’s resume to date would be her Junior Eurovision victory in 2015. Aged just 13, she scored Malta’s second JESC victory in three years with the explosive “Not My Soul”. 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 love 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 five, ten 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 honours, 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 even came pretty close to being called up to Nigeria’s national football team.
7. She was honoured 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 Development 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 won the X Factor
Destiny originally got her Eurovision gig by winning the second season of X Factor Malta. The top prize was the ticket to Eurovision. On the show, we got to see her tackle hits by some of her favourite singers, including the likes of Jennifer Holliday and Whitney Houston. Destiny says that her musical inspirations come from various artists, but she especially cites Beyonce and Aretha Franklin as the ones who kickstarted 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”.
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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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 a 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.
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Could Destiny bring Eurovision victory to Malta at last? Do you have “Je Me Casse” playing on loop? Let us know below.