COUNTDOWN TO (CANCELLED) EUROVISION: #3 – MALTA

#3 – Malta
All Of My Love
Destiny
Songwriters: Bernarda Brunovic, Borislav Milanov, Sebastian Arman, Dag Lundberg, Joacim Persson

eCinemaOne, The Kirkham Report, and Planet BiblioMusica has begun its Countdown To the now-cancelled Eurovision Song Contest 2020! Over 41 days I’m bringing you all the info on each song this year ranked in order of my personal preference from bottom to top. I’ll give the reasons for my personal rankings, and some background info on the song, artist, songwriters, and such.  Again, these are MY opinions, and I realize that the ESC fan community is a rabid one, and rarely everyone agrees with everyone else, so as they say, your mileage may vary. As of the official announcement on March 20 2020, ALL of this year’s songs are now officially “lost”; Eurovision’s executive committee has stated that all songs in the ESC 2021 contest MUST be new, so there will never be an “Official” winner of ESC 2020 thanks to the Coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak causing the contest’s first-ever cancellation. So this is my only chance to rank them. The songs will all be spotlighted on a special called Eurovision: Europe Shine a Light, which will air LIVE on May 16, when the Grand Final should have been held, so that’s at least SOMETHING…

We are up to the TOP THREE! If you’re keeping track of the countdown, you should know what songs are still to come, heh heh…

In at #3 this year is the official entry from Malta, “All Of My Love” by Destiny. It is performed in English, and was scheduled to be performed 14th at the first semifinal on May 12. Malta uses their “X Factor” franchise to determine who will represent them, and the song was chosen by internal selection. Malta has not yet announced its plans for ESC 2021.

17-year-old Destiny Chukunyere is the second youngest competitor in this year’s contest – only Greece’s Stefania is younger, by a couple months – and like Stefania, she’s already got Eurovision experience. Unlike Stefania, however, she has ALREADY been a winner – she took the top prize for Malta at the 2015 Junior Eurovision Song Contest, when she just all of TWELVE years old, with the song “Not My Soul” – WOW!

What I’m thinking about this song…OMG this is SOOOOO HARD! I battled with all the forces inside me for WEEKS between the songs at two and three on my countdown. I flipped them around so many times I lost count. I just can’t get enough of them, as well as the song I have at #1 – OMG I LOVE ALL OF THEM – and it was SHEER HELL trying to decide 2nd and 3rd place (I have never wavered on my #1 placement from the second I first heard the song).  “All Of My Love” has it ALL – a beautiful and dynamic young woman blessed with a powerhouse voice very reminiscent of the late Whitney Houston, and belting it out with her musical soul oozing out of every nook and cranny of it, and who is (pardon the pun) destined to be a worldwide superstar one day without any doubt in my mind. It has a fantastic lyric about finding and hanging on to that one true, unadulterated love you find only once in your life. It has a hot dance beat, with some gospel notes and choral vocals thrown in for good measure, making sure you can’t listen to the song without at least tapping your feet, if not moving your entire body. It has that whole awesome affirmation-filled intro (which unfortunately can’t be a part of the live presentation without cutting something else in the song, as it pushes the song well past that pesky traditional 3 minute limit), demanding that you choose your destiny. And it has the video that is my ABSOLUTE FAVORITE of all the non-live-performance videos this year, filled with a group of baklava-mask-wearing men and women running around doing absolutely INSANE parkour moves, whose mission is apparently to help Destiny fulfill her own true destiny, and who’s inclusion eerily presaged all the craziness of what’s going on in the world due to coronavirus. Of all the songs in this year’s contest, I feel this is the song that would be an almost GUARANTEED MONSTER hit on the US Billboard Hot 100 if given a release here in the states. In an easier year, she would have pulled it off BAR NONE. But this year, there’s several real HOT contenders for what should have been the 2020 Grand Champion, so it could have been a bruising battle with her coming up just short. But although she has a few isolated pockets of fan resistance (I don’t have a clue what’s wrong with them, either – this is an AWESOME SONG!) out there, there is always a chance she COULD have pulled it through and given Malta their FIRST championship…and that would have been sweet indeed…

Malta first participated in Eurovision in 1971, then after a few competitions withdrew for a 16 year period before returning to the competition in 1991, and have participated each year since, for a grand total of 32 appearances including 2020. Although they have yet to win their first Grand Final, they have been in the runner-up slot twice since returning, in 2002 and 2005. Their entry in 2019, the huge fan favorite “Chameleon” by Michela, finished in 14th place. And this year, they had a REAL shot as well…

Just as a footnote, Destiny’s Maltese record label has NOT made the song available to Spotify as yet – that may come with the release of the 2020 Eurovision compilation collection CD later in May, but for now, you’re stuck with YouTube…

TOMORROW – The runner up AND my NUMBER ONE – both in ONE DAY – number two in the morning or early afternoon, and #1 in the early evening! Don’t Miss out! And Sunday will begin two weeks of “best of ” lists from me all about ESC as we countdown to the new specials that have been announced! So please be there!

Here’s the official music video  – check it out…

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