Destiny Chukunyere has been selected to represent Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
The public have spoken and Destiny Chukunyere will be representing Malta at this years Eurovision Song Contest. They beat off competition from three other acts competing in the Grand Final of the X Factor Malta this evening.
The four acts that competed in the Grand Final this evening were:
The Groups Category
- FAITH – Five Are In The House – Eliminated in Round Two
The Girls Category
- Justine Shorfid – 2nd
- Destiny Chukunyere – Winner
The Boys Category
- Kyle Cutajar – Eliminated in Round One
Each of the acts this evening performed four times. The first performance was of an original song written for the final of the contest. The second performance saw duets with famous acts. After this point voting closed and Kyle was eliminated.
FAITH, Justine and Destiny progressed through to the next round in which Maltese language songs were performed, with voting opening again. FAITH were eliminated in Round Two leaving the competition between Justine and Destiny.
This is the second time that Malta has used X Factor Malta as their selection process for choosing the artist to represent them at the Eurovision Song Contest. In 2019, Michela Pace won the show’s first season earning her the right to represent Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Tel Aviv. Her song “Chameleon” finished in 14th place, the first Maltese entry in the grand final since Ira Losco in 2016.
Malta debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1971 and was represented by Joe Grech and the song “Marija L-Maltija”, which finished last. Malta competed again in 1972 and 1975 but then withdrew until their return in 1991. During the 1990s Malta only once finished outside of the top 10, and in 1998 they came within just 7 points of victory. It was Chiara who brought the country their 3rd place finish in 1998, and who went on to finish in 2nd at the 2005 contest in Kyiv. The only other artist to finish 2nd for Malta is Ira Losco, who was 12 points away from victory in 2002. They are the longest participating country never to have won the Eurovision Song Contest.