The final artist to feature in our Who Is series for the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest is Destiny from Malta.
Destiny Chukunyere is a Maltese-Nigerian singer who was born on August 29th 2002 in Birkirkara, Malta. Her father is former footballer Ndubisi Chukunyere. Destiny began her singing career in 2014, where she took part in Festival Kanzunetta Indipendenza, finishing 3rd. In the same year, she also won the Asterisks Music Festival, and Sanremo Junior.
In 2015, she represented Malta in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Sofia, Bulgaria. With her song “Not My Soul”, she won the contest with 185 points, breaking the record for most points received.
Two years later, she participated in ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent, finishing in 6th place in the semi-final.
2019 was a busy year for Destiny, as she provided backing vocals for Malta’s Michela Pace at the Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv. Later that year, she participated in The X Factor Malta, which was being used to ultimately decide Malta’s next Eurovision entrant. She was mentored by Ira Losco throughout the show and took the victory in February 2020. She was due to represent the country at the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest with “All of My Love” before the contest’s cancellation.
In May last year, it was revealed that Destiny would sing for Malta at the 2021 contest. “Je me casse” was released earlier this month, and is currently among the favourites to win the contest.
Destiny will perform in the second half of the first semi-final on May 18th.
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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.