All those times we’ve heard of Maltese hopefuls making it to one round after another on a talent show abroad have finally resulted in someone making it to the televised audition.
14 year old Destiny Chukunyere from Birkirkara, also known as the second Maltese artist to win the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, made it to the big stage in front of Britain’s Got Talent four judges, including of course music mogul Simon Cowell.
Shyly making her way to the centre of the stage for her televised audition, Destiny mentioned her Junior Eurovision win and how she wanted to try out for Britain’s Got Talent because she herself is a huge fan of Cowell.
Destiny covered the Aretha Franklin classic ‘Think’, which she had also performed during the Maltese national selection for Junior Eurovision when she had won the right to represent Malta in 2015.
She managed to belt out one of the most difficult songs ever without a single hitch, leading all four judges and the rest of the audience to give her a standing ovation (and we would have thought possibly even the golden buzzer).
All the judges were clearly impressed. Singer Alesha Dixon declared: “For me that is a knockout. That is one of the hardest songs to sing, and you are 14 and you killed it”. Comedian David Walliams reacted: “What happened to the shy 14 year old girl from Malta?”.
Having commented, before Destiny started singing, that he didn’t even know there was a Junior version of the Eurovision Song Contest, head judge Simon Cowell had nothing but words of praise for the youngster’s performance. “Destiny, I’ve been waiting for someone to come out who we think could be a star and guess who it is? You have soul”.
As we hope and pray that Destiny makes it through to the live shows and gives Malta some much needed positive reputation, especially in these trying times, she will be trying her luck to win the whole show and, if that happens, get the chance to perform in front of the Royal Family.
Watch the audition here!
Johann Agius is a fourth year law student who is currently the CEO of Insite after fulfilling the roles of Public Relations Officer and External Relations Officer in previous years. He joined Insite as a writer and photographer in 2013 and was elected in the executive for the first time a year later.