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Interview: Destiny Discusses Representing Malta At Eurovision 2021 With “Je Me Casse”!

Photo: CARLTON AGIUS.

International acclaimed Maltese musician Destiny Chukunyere has won the hearts of music lovers across the globe through her passionately heartfelt musical style & powerhouse vocals.

In 2015, Destiny represented Malta at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, in Sofia, with the song “Not My Soul”, which went onto emerge victorious with a score of 185 points. 

After her success at Junior Eurovision, Destiny auditioned for the 11th season of Britain’s Got Talent, where she received high praise from the judges & went onto reach a place in the semi-finals.

In 2019/20, Destiny competed in the second season of the X Factor Malta, where she once again emerged victorious, winning not only the competition but the opportunity to represent Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest, in Rotterdam. 

Now, Destiny has kindly taken the time to speak with Fierce & Fabulous Revolution about her upcoming participation at Eurovision & her empowering new single “Je Me Casse”. You can check out the full interview below.

Hey Destiny, thank you so much for this interview. Can you start by telling the readers a little bit about yourself?

Destiny: Hello Fierce and Fabulous, thanks so much for this opportunity. I am Destiny, a singer from the island of Malta, am 18 years old. My main passion is of course music and this year I will be representing my country in the Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam. I am also a girl with big dreams and will want to make sure that those dreams do come true and that is only done by hard work and determination. 

When did you first discover your passion for music?

Destiny: My family recalls that since I was very young, I used to try and imitate all sort of songs and artists I see on tv. It was then at the age of 10 that I started taking singing lessons and that’s when I realised that this is what I wanted to do all my life!

How would you describe your musical style to someone unfamiliar with your music?

Destiny: Soul-pop of course :)!

In 2015, you won the thirteenth edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest for Malta, with the amazing song “Not My Soul”. How did it feel when you won the contest?

Destiny: As ambitious as I am, I have no high expectations in life and for me, this contest was another contest where I was looking forward to making friends and give it my all on stage – that’s what I did and I’m grateful for it. Bringing home the trophy was an added value.

What advice would you offer to someone who was looking to represent their country at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest?

Destiny: Make the most of it, keep your eyes and ears open and learn, it is the first step to see how the industry works. Remember that the fact that you are there means that you have a bright future ahead.

In 2020, you won the second edition of the X-Factor Malta & therefore were selected to represent Malta at the 2020 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, with the song “All Of My Love”. However, due to COVID-19, the contest was sadly cancelled. How did you feel when you first heard about the cancellation of the contest & what did it mean to you to hear that you had been re-selected to represent Malta at the 2021 edition of the contest?

Destiny: It was a moment I will never forget. Deep down I was expecting that it will be cancelled but I never thought that the day would arrive when we receive the actual confirmation. Needless to say, I am happy that this year the biggest song contest of all time will take place again and I am ready to make the most of it!

The song you will be performing at Eurovision this year is “Je Me Casse”, which sounds phenomenal by the way. How did the idea for this song come together?

Destiny: As they say Teamwork makes the dream work. Having some of the brightest minds in the industry made the process so smooth.

What does the song personally mean to you?

Destiny: EMPOWERMENT and the fact that women need to focus on achieving their goals without needing anyone. Be yourself, be true to yourself, don’t let go of your dreams and keep grinding till they materialise. It still bugs me that in certain instances being a woman is perceived as being the weaker sex. It’s hurtful and I think that it is time to stand up and be counted!

If listeners could take anything away from this song, what would you like it to be?

Destiny: C’mon! Don’t take anything out of it, the song is like a beautiful colourful painting, if you take one of the colours.. it will lose its shine :(.

Have you listened to any of the other songs taking part in this year’s contest? If so, what are some of your favourites?

Destiny: Honestly, I think all songs are really beautiful in their own way and I don’t think that I am capable of judging on this. All I can say is a huge good luck to all and I can’t wait to make friends with all of you.

What would you consider to be your all-time favourite Eurovision song?

Destiny: Mahmood – Soldi of course :)))

Finally, is there a message that you would like to share with the readers of Fierce & Fabulous Revolution?

Destiny: Thanks so much for this interview and thanks so much for appreciating talent and exposing talents. I truly appreciate this and hope that we can collaborate again in the near future.

You can check out the official video for “Je Me Casse” below or stream here.

Destiny: Website / Facebook / Instagram.

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