Earlier tonight, the thrilling final of 'X factor Malta' took place and Destiny Chukunyere was crowned the winner. As in 2019, this means that Destiny will represent the country at the Eurovision Song Contest in May.
Destiny Chukunyere, F.A.I.T.H., Justine Shorfid and Kyle all competed for the ticket to Rotterdam, but Destiny was the lucky winner tonight. Justine Shorfid was the runner-up in the second season of X Factor Malta. Girl group F.A.I.T.H. placed third, and the lone, male finalist, Kyle, came fourth.
Get to know Destiny Chukunyere
Destiny is a Maltese singer from Birkirkara, Malta. She is no stranger to the Eurovision Song Contest; she represented Malta in 2015 at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest and won with her song Not My Soul. It was their second victory in 3 years.
More recently, Destiny participated in Britain’s Got Talent where she finished 6th in the semi-final. Destiny's song for the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 will be announced at a later date.
Ema, Maya, Megan, Chanelle and Demi make up the girl group F.A.I.T.H. The group was formed during the show's bootcamp.
In 2015, Destiny Chukunyere won the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. One year later, Justine Shorfid participated in Malta's national selection to represent the country on home ground. It was not meant to be, however, Christina Magrin was chosen instead and placed sixth in 2016.
Kyle Cutajar participated in multiple televised shows in 2016 and 2017, and in 2018, he participated in the first season of X Factor Malta. He entered the programme as a solo artist but was placed in a group called Systm 12. Unfortunately, they did not pass the Judges’ House stage, which was the end for the group. Kyle returned to the contest in this second season.
Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest
Malta, one of the smallest countries in the Eurovision Song Contest, joined the competition in 1971. After their debut, the country withdrew from the competition after 1975 and returned again in 1991. They participated every year since.
While the country has yet to win the Eurovision Song Contest, Malta is one of the most successful countries in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest having won the competition twice, in 2013 and 2015. They hosted the event in both 2014 and 2016. In 2019, Malta was represented by Michela Pace with the song Chameleon. She placed 14th in the Grand Final in Tel Aviv.
Malta's representative, Destiny Chukunyere, will perform in the first Semi-Final on 12 May.