Just over one week from giving Malta its best Eurovision result in 15 years, Destiny has made her first media appearance. She stopped by the Maltese variety show Serataron where she performed a version of “Je me casse” in the Maltese language.

The performance was part of a Truth or Dare game, with the wheel of fortune conveniently dictating that Destiny should be dared. Her challenge was to perform her Eurovision 2021 song “Je me casse” in the Maltese language — and Destiny took up the challenge.

The Maltese version of “Je me casse” was titled “Ċaw u Bye” (“Ciao and Bye”) and was sung entirely in Maltese. The song was a cut-down version of the Eurovision song so viewers didn’t get to hear if Destiny would have said “Excuse my Maltese”. But there were no excuses for her performance — Destiny showed why she’s one of Malta’s most talented young singers.

At Eurovision, Destiny rocked a glam silver mini dress, but for her Serataron appearance she went for a more everyday but still elegant look. Destiny wore a colourful floral patterned top with a navy blue skirt, and wore her hair straightened, accessorising the look with a chunky gold necklace.

Destiny was joined by her dad, Maltese football star Ndubisi Chukunyere, who watched his daughter from the side of the stage.

Destiny finished seventh at Eurovision 2021 with her song “Je me casse”, and also finished first in her semi-final.

While Malta had been aiming for its first Eurovision win, Destiny still managed to give her country its best Eurovision result since 2005 when Chiara placed second with “Angel”. It was also only the second time Malta had placed in the top ten at Eurovision in the past 15 years.

Destiny’s performance has led many fans to call for her to return to represent Malta at Eurovision in the future. And who knows — maybe next time she will have a song in Maltese.

 

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The Maltese language at Eurovision

Malta has only twice performed songs in Maltese at Eurovision. The songs were Malta’s first two entries, in 1971 and 1972. But it wasn’t a good start for Malta. Joe Grech’s song “Marija l-Maltija” and Helen and Joseph’s “L-imħabba” each finished last in their years.

When Malta returned to the contest in the early 1990s, it was able to compete in English due to English being an official national language of Malta. Until the early 2000s, Malta picked up two second-place finishes and two third-place finishes, perhaps making it seem like English was the best option for the small nation.

But Malta hasn’t entirely turned its back on Maltese songs for Eurovision. While the Maltese Eurovision Song Contest national final typically only has songs in English, in 2017 Janice Mangion’s power ballad “Kewkba” (“Star”) made an impact. The song was a favourite with international fans and went on to place second in the contest, narrowly being beaten by Claudia Faniello’s “Breathlessly”.

Earlier this year, the Maltese-language song contest Mużika Mużika contest was revamped. The contest was won by Malta’s Eurovision 2011 star Glen Vella with his song “Ħarsa Biss”. The finalists also included other songs that went on to be local radio hits, including AIDAN‘s “Naħseb fik”.

Maltese broadcaster TVM has not yet confirmed its participation in Eurovision 2022, with the broadcaster currently undergoing a government audit around its promotional spending for its 2021 entry.

However, with the podium finishers of Eurovision 2021 all being songs performed in their national language, this might be the motivation Malta needs to send a Eurovision entry in Maltese.

What do you think? Should Malta send a Maltese language song to Eurovision? Would you like to hear Destiny sing Maltese at Eurovision? Tell us your thoughts below!

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GUEST
GUEST
11 days ago

Guys, as a Maltese I would really appreciate your feedback on this song which is in Maltese

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bqyOM0kNEtg

Thanks <3

Veta
Veta
12 days ago

Maltese sounds nice but I miss Destiny’s powerful and affirming “Hell no”s here.

Steven
Steven
12 days ago

In the ideal world, each country would only be allowed to utilize domestic talents and sing in one of their official languages.

Azaad
Azaad
12 days ago
Reply to  Steven

Azerbaijan has used local songwriters before (most recently Isa Melikov in 2017) but I’d bet they’d adopt English as an official language in the country if that rule came to pass.

Joseph
11 days ago
Reply to  Steven

In Destiny’s case, English is an official Language in Malta (Maltese being the National language)…so with such a rule she could still have sang in English.

Alex
Alex
12 days ago

Malta should send a song in Maltese for a change and they could stand out.

Didn’t know Maltese was spoken widely on TV? Anyway, why do they wear these funny shields? These have been proved to be ineffective for COVID.

Veta
Veta
12 days ago
Reply to  Alex

Oh haven’t you ever watched Lithuanian TV? EVERYONE there wears them.

toscrussia
toscrussia
12 days ago

Guys you should listen to Konkrit by Danjeli! A banger in Maltese!!!

PP77
PP77
12 days ago

We saw ,if song is good no problem to win or to be in TOP 3 without any word in english.

David
David
12 days ago

Absolutely send a song in Maltese. The quality of muzika muzika was exceptional, especially with the orchestra! Maybe that should be the national final next year instead of x factor?

Veta
Veta
12 days ago
Reply to  David

I thought exactly the same.

O. Montilla
O. Montilla
12 days ago

Definitely I love the maltease language… proud to be in Malta

Sandra Ann Buhagiar
12 days ago

I am Maltese and yes I would love it if we competed in a Maltese song. It’s such a beautiful language and there are many songs that are really beautiful. My favourite is this one it was composed ages ago by Sammy Bartolo God rest his soul but it still gives me goosebumps, it’s a Maltese folk song
https://youtu.be/_n-aSuyg6kk

Veta
Veta
10 days ago

What a beauty of a song!
Thanks for sharing it!

Last edited 10 days ago by Veta
Eyal
Eyal
12 days ago

I would love to hear Maltese on the Eurovision stage! It might not be easy on the ears to some, but it can still do well and even win. Some fun facts: Maltese is a mixture of, mainly, Arabic, Italian and English. It is a Semitic language, a sister to Arabic, Hebrew, Amharic, Aramaic and a few more. It is the only Semitic language *officially* written in (an adapted) Latin alphabet. All the others have their own unique writing system. It is the only Semitic official language of the EU. English is very commonly spoken in Malta and most people… Read more »

ROXELANA
ROXELANA
12 days ago
Reply to  Eyal

A friend of mine who is from Algeria could literally understand the majority of what Destiny had said in a Maltese interview. Tunisians do understand even more. In fact, Tunisian Arabic and Maltese are so much similar that Tunisians can understand almost everything in Maltese.

My Algerian friend said that Maltese sounds like someone who is drunk is trying to speak Arabic and adds some Italian words in it.

A very interesting and beautiful language.

Azaad
Azaad
12 days ago
Reply to  ROXELANA

Maltese is fairly similar to Maghrebi Arabic (the Arabic spoken in countries in North Africa west of Egypt) so that explains it.

Samo
Samo
12 days ago

I don’t care what language she sings in (use of English is widespread in Malta anyway and it’s one of their official languages) but I really wish she participated again with something authentic. She is such a great singer and seems to have a nice personality as well – there’s definitely a potential for her to be a great Eurovision act if she stays authentic. I’m not too bothered about the origin of people who write it – if she finds some Swede who can translate her feelings, then be it, but it needs to be Destiny’s song, not a… Read more »

Apollo
Apollo
12 days ago

On the topic of national languages… we need Ireland to send a song in Irish, Sweden in Swedish and Azerbaijan in Azeri. They’ve really been neglecting their language on the Eurovision stage.

ROXELANA
ROXELANA
12 days ago
Reply to  Apollo

Azerbaijani is such a beautiful and melodic language. Sometimes it sounds a bit Persian, since both Turkish and Azerbaijani have borrowed many words from Persian.

A pity that we couldn’t listen to a song in Azerbaijani language. Ictimai probably thought that songs in their native language wouldn’t be successful, but I don’t think so.

Maybe this year was a starting point with the line “Yalan da men, yanan da men, yaman da men”. Hopefully, they will stick on that.

Luc
Luc
12 days ago
Reply to  Apollo

The swedish case is mind blowing. The last time a song was performed in swedish was in 2012, by FINLAND. Quite curious, tbh.

Teddy
Teddy
12 days ago
Reply to  Luc

Swedish is actually a coofficial language in Finland. Krista Siegfrids is from the Swedish speaking community in Finland and so was their 2012 act

Apollo
Apollo
12 days ago

Malta’s XFactor internal selection process has been really successful. Chameleon and Je Me Casse were both loved by fans, so I think they should stick to this format.

Instead of heavily relying on Sweden, I would prefer them to keep their team mostly Maltese as it makes the entry more respectable. One route I would love to see Malta go down is combining ethnic and modern sounds; think SHUM or Telemoveis. Maltese music has an almost Arabic flair which no other country in Eurovision has, so that may be a winning formula!

Ria van de Velde
Ria van de Velde
12 days ago

I like the Maltese version of “Je me casse” very much, and I hope she will release the Maltese version

Sot
Sot
12 days ago

I’m in the bus and everyone close to me can hear the sound from the hands-free pods and they’re like “what the heck is this guy listening to?”

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
12 days ago

If PBS the maltese broadcaster can find a great song in Maltese for eurovision they should go for it but the Maltese market is small. With no professional make a living Maltese songwriters really existing all hope would be vested on bands like the travellers writing a good song and coming forward to do eurovision. It’s logical in that sense that malta ops a lot for english. The one time they did sing in maltese in jesc they finished dead last.

Teddy
Teddy
12 days ago
Reply to  Frisian esc

Thats blatantly not true. Dawra Tond came second in the televote in 2017

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
11 days ago
Reply to  Teddy

What’s exactly not true in my comment? That’s one song in 40 years.

Teddy
Teddy
10 days ago
Reply to  Frisian esc

It proves that people will vote for a song in Maltese. 2017 is much more relevant than the 1970s when Malta last used the language. Also 4 out of the top 5 being in languages other than English also defeats this whole “we’d come last with language X” argument.

Jamie
Jamie
12 days ago

This is the first time I’ve ever heard Maltese. It’s very weird. And very interesting. Why are they not sending a song in Maltese?

Carl
Carl
12 days ago

Fun fact: the blonde presenter spinning the wheel is Ira Losco’s younger sister 🙂

CyxCy
CyxCy
12 days ago

There is an ad that says “less is more” and I think that’s the lesson to be learned from this year. Don’t try to be someone else and sing something that is not like you. If Destiny had come as simple and pretty as you can see in this photo with her flowered sweet and sang a song that really matched her in the language she really wanted, her odds would have definitely increased. Rather than being stuck in the thousandth silver dress of the evening with dancers mimicking the 80s that she never knew.

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
12 days ago
Reply to  CyxCy

Who says english isn’t the language Destiny wanted to sing in?

CyxCy
CyxCy
12 days ago
Reply to  Frisian esc

Because she’s none of the four (swedish) people who wrote and composed the song, and that song is released on the Sony Music Sweden label, which greatly reduces the probability of her freedom of choice.

I should point out that I have nothing against the Swedish (who make very good songs by the way), but clearly Sweden is not in the same place as Malta on a map, and it’s not the Maltese that they practice.

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
12 days ago
Reply to  CyxCy

True but that doesn’t mean she didn’t want to sing in english. Maybe destiny had the choice out of a few different song demo’s.

Veta
Veta
12 days ago
Reply to  CyxCy

1. Having not lived in the 80s doesn’t mean you can’t be fascinated by it’s aesthetics and style.
2. Talking about authenticity you forgot her straightened hair, she still has it in this photo and not an afro.
3. But I think we are nitpicking a bit. Who really knows what is authentic for Destiny, I mean no one of us has ever been inside her head? And 7th place was a pretty good result for a great song Je Me Casse was.

Polegend Godgarina
Polegend Godgarina
13 days ago

kewkba back in 2017 almost became malta’s eurovision song so it’s not impossible, but i don’t think they want to send a song in maltese, from the type of songs they’ve been sending they’re clearly chasing a radio-friendly sound. still i hope they get out of this mentality and send a song in maltese.

Azaad
Azaad
12 days ago

I mean a radio friendly song in Maltese could exist. And frankly, language isn’t the only indicator of authenticity.

CookyMonzta
CookyMonzta
11 days ago

Aye. If they had sent Janice Mangion back in 2017, Malta might have finished in the top 5. I thought it was a serious contender the very first time I heard it, even before I read the translation.

If I’m not mistaken, Claudia Faniello (who sang last at the 2017 MESC) tried 9 times to make it to Eurovision. Her time had probably come and gone before she finally made it.

Grft
Grft
13 days ago

The first rule when translating a song is keeping the rhymes……

Azaad
Azaad
13 days ago

I know people want language diversity at ESC, but the use of English is genuinely widespread in Malta so I don’t think it’s inauthentic for them to sing in English when most Maltese singers are bilingual.

The issue is Malta outsourcing songs to foreign songwriters, not what language they’re singing. And the misuse of public funds.

ROXELANA
ROXELANA
13 days ago

Malta should send a song in Maltese. It’s such a beautiful language..like a mix of Arabic and Italian

Sot
Sot
12 days ago
Reply to  ROXELANA

They did it once but failed miserably so I really doubt that they’ll want to try it again

Samo
Samo
12 days ago
Reply to  Sot

Eurovision has changed.

CookyMonzta
CookyMonzta
11 days ago
Reply to  Sot

They had their chance 4 years ago with a better song in Janice Mangion’s “Kewkba”.

Ascanio Piccione
Ascanio Piccione
13 days ago

Malta should use Muzika Muzika to choose their Eurovision entry like Italy with Sanremo

Last edited 13 days ago by Ascanio Piccione
Dawid
Dawid
13 days ago

Malta should do what Malta likes. Not what Malta thinks will give them win.

CookyMonzta
CookyMonzta
11 days ago
Reply to  Dawid

Indeed. But the problem is that they must also consider which song is likely to draw as many 8-, 10- and 12-point scores as possible from other countries. Which one do they like the most?

Last edited 11 days ago by CookyMonzta
RD21
RD21
13 days ago

The Travellers are pure class, I suggest that you also check out the following songs in Maltese:

The New Victorians: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6yQ0XcgtrE
AIDAN: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wknSQabkBoM

I know the latter artist is very much related to MESC, but the song is super.

Veta
Veta
10 days ago
Reply to  RD21

I really like the first song

SHAUUNZERS
SHAUUNZERS
13 days ago

They are excellent! They’re actually Gozitan and they have quite a fandom here. I’m not sure if they would want to do Eurovision. I’d like to think that no one in Malta would want to refuse it because it’s the biggest platform one could get, but I’m still not sure as they’re very left field. Apparently X-Factor won’t be held this year, so if TVM internally picks, maybe this is our best chance of having The Travellers or Red Electric. But I prefer the former.

ItaloV
ItaloV
13 days ago

wasn’t this quite something! the maltese language is pretty unique. a lot of written things in the props were really similar to Italian (Sfida, Verità, serata) but then when she started singing, I didn’t get a single word. so yes, we need maltese in Eurovision. we need indeed!

Azaad
Azaad
13 days ago
Reply to  ItaloV

Maltese descends from Siculo-Arabic, due to Malta being part of the Arab controlled Emirate of Sicily. So it’s a Semitic language and the only other ESC national language it’s related to is Hebrew. Despite being written in the Latin alphabet, its vocabulary derives from Arabic, Sicilian, Italian and other languages.

Vale
Vale
12 days ago
Reply to  Azaad

So fascinating. I didn’t know that. It actually sounds like a mix of Arabic and Italian. Also most of the people ignore the fact that one of the major contributor to create the English language was an Italian named Giovanni Florio.

ItaloV
ItaloV
11 days ago
Reply to  Azaad

cool.. now I think we really need and deserve it in ESC..

Thanos
Thanos
13 days ago

Malta should stop buying overly and expensively produced (Swedish) generic and trashy pop songs. This year’s contest showed to its full extent that that’s not the way to go if you want a good result. As long as they refrain from doing that, any other effort is welcome 🙂

Last edited 13 days ago by Thanos
Darren
13 days ago

Singing JMC in Maltese at this point, feels like damage control after it was revealed how much money and how much of the entry was outsourced overseas (particularly Sweden).

Got love for Destiny though.

And yes, Malta should enter a song in Maltese, with Maltese choreography, Maltese dancers, Maltese stage designers, Maltese fashion designers etc etc.

KuhKatz
KuhKatz
13 days ago
Reply to  Darren

Thats what all countries should aim for.

Like Ukraine got (as far as I know) an entire Ukrainian team for everything, yet they managed to achieve 5th place (and 2nd in televote) with a song entirely in Ukrainian.

(You can count Iceland too, but mostly because Dadi was responsible for nearly everything, he even helped building the fake keyboards from Gagnamagnid with Arny‘s Dad).

Darren
13 days ago
Reply to  KuhKatz

Exactly! This what Eurovision is about. Diversity in music.
All these countries with rich culture and rich music traditions outsourcing rejected Swedish pop cheapens everything, no matter how much they spend on it.
They also wouldn’t be obliged to give their 12 jury points to Sweden either….would free up a lot of votes for deserving countries and keeping the likes of Bjorkmann away from ESC. It’s a win win for everyone.

Sot
Sot
12 days ago
Reply to  KuhKatz

Even Italy WON with a song entirely in Italian and I think everyone from the team was Italian but u guess we’re kinda used to Italy serving swedenproof quality

Aan Gomes Branco
Aan Gomes Branco
12 days ago
Reply to  Sot

It was also entirely written by the band 🙂

Una
Una
13 days ago
Reply to  Darren

I agree.

Mich
Mich
12 days ago
Reply to  Darren

The problem is, and I speak as a true maltese, that we are always 5-6 years backwards here in terms of what’s trending in the arts. So while in mainstream musical markets, a sort of trend would be emerging, we would be catching up with what was happening to the music scene perhaps 5-6 years ago. Not to mention that the Maltese public in general has quite a particularly outdated mentality when it comes to arts. Keep in mind, a few weeks ago, PBS organised a song contest for songs in Maltese and while the quality of the production was… Read more »

Una
Una
12 days ago
Reply to  Mich

Trendy does not mean authentic. Authentic can mean quality and not something outdated.

Mr X
Mr X
13 days ago

The answer is: Yes, of course ! Much more countries should send an entry in national language, why not Malta ?. Let´s keep on living diversity !

Last edited 13 days ago by Mr X
Kristian
Kristian
13 days ago

The translation wasn’t very musical sounding , but I remember hearing very musical sounding phrases in one of their JESC entries.

Voix
Voix
13 days ago

I really feel sorry about Destiny. She was treated as a puppet that can bring the victory by the broadcaster. I don’t feel sorry though about PBS because next year nobody would want to bet in Malta thinking that it’s the country which pays fake bets.

CyxCy
CyxCy
12 days ago
Reply to  Voix

And even like a puppet on a string.

Sot
Sot
12 days ago
Reply to  CyxCy

I think you mean “like a puppet on a striiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiing”

Dan
Dan
13 days ago

Funny how hard Malta tried to fabricate hype this year when they completely threw away Kewkba in 2017. The song was authentic, beautifully sung, and powerful. I’m still not over Kewkba not being sent to Eurovision… it would’ve 100% qualified and seriously challanged Gabbani and Sobral for the win. Even if it hadn’t won, it would’ve been so heartwarming to hear Maltese on the Eurovision stage. Malta c’mon, give us more MALTA!

Dan
Dan
13 days ago
Reply to  Dan

Also kind of off topic, but Latvia not sending Madara in 2018 made me equally as sad. Another pure, authentic, etherial unique sound the Eurovision stage had not heard before, all sung in beautiful Latvian. And Ireland can we please have a song in Irish? It’s only been like 50 years since the last time you didn’t sing in English, lol

Veta
Veta
12 days ago
Reply to  Dan

Or Lithuania repeatedly dumping Baltos Varnos several times.

Last edited 12 days ago by Veta
Ashton Schier
Ashton Schier
13 days ago
Reply to  Dan

kewkba was not bad but frankly it would have been a borderline qualifier at most

Rosy B
Rosy B
12 days ago
Reply to  Dan

Maybe, maybe not. It’s all speculation what could have been. Just like we fans think this song or that song will win or won’t do well. Post Eurovision, when millions of other people vote, it is very rarely the way we thought it would go initially. Read comments from when songs were released this year, and how things have progressed. It happens every year for as long as I can remember. So my conclusion is that one can never tell what will happen with a song (no matter the language) until the final rehearsals/show.

Not Vanilla
Not Vanilla
13 days ago

Malta should send J’aime le Cash sang by its politicians.

Ashton Schier
Ashton Schier
13 days ago

why won’t malta send anything in Maltese. its a really nice language, and I bet if destiny sent Caw u Bye instead of Je Me Casse, the people who keep accusing the song of being safe and calculated would be at least slightly quelled

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
12 days ago
Reply to  Ashton Schier

They probably would but objectively listening to this version vs the english one the english one sounds better.

je me cassar
je me cassar
13 days ago

Eurovision is such a great platform to share your special language and culture to a biggg audience, everyone should at least give sending a song in their language a go 🙂

Mr X
Mr X
13 days ago
Reply to  je me cassar

I totally agree with you. But it´s not only the language. I´m also looking forward for some fresh and original entries like Iceland and Lithuania this year.

Last edited 13 days ago by Mr X
Rosy B
Rosy B
12 days ago
Reply to  Mr X

I agree with you very much!

Veta
Veta
12 days ago
Reply to  je me cassar

Yes when it comes to showcasing your culture it’s not only the language. It’s also (for me even more important) the instruments and the music/signing styles. Tbh I have observed that fans sometimes reduce everything too much to language problem.