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!