This week, all eyes were supposed to be on Destiny Chukunyere as she took to the stage at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. Despite the fact that this will no longer be the case this year, there is still a magnitude of Eurovision programming that will be aired all over Europe this week, including on national station TVM.
Tribute shows on Tuesday and Thursday
Public Broadcasting Services have produced two special programmes to air this Tuesday and Thursday, in replace of the semifinals that should have happened at this time. These shows will take a look at the songs that should have competed in each semi-final, in addition to taking a look back at Malta’s entries through the years.
These shows, hosted by Eurovision 2015 participant Amber alongside radio host Dorian Cassar, will air on TVM and TVM HD from 21:00 and are scheduled to last for 2,5 hours.
“Eurovision: Europe Shine A Light”
Maltese viewers will also be able to follow “Eurovision: Europe Shine A Light” on Saturday evening, the special tribute show that has been produced by this year’s Dutch hosts. This show will be simultaneously aired throughout Europe and Australia by every participating country of this year’s contest.
This unique show will put a spotlight on the acts from all 41 participating countries (including Destiny), as well as a number of special performances from Eurovision performers past and present, such as Måns Zelmerlöw, Netta, and last year’s winner – Duncan Laurence.
Speaking about the upcoming event, executive producer Sietse Bakker said “We want to make a show that puts a spotlight not only on the 41 artists that were due to appear in Rotterdam but also inspire those at home and connect people from across Europe and beyond in these difficult times. Of course, we will also honour those who are affected by the coronavirus crisis and those who work so hard to fight it. Let’s make this an unforgettable moment in Eurovision history!”.
This show will also be broadcast live from 21:00 Maltese time, on TVM, TVM HD and through Eurovision.tv’s official YouTube page here.
Destiny is still making waves across Europe
Just like Malta, many other countries have produced their own alternative Eurovision programming for their viewers. In some countries such as Sweden, Austria and Finland, various panels and viewer polls have been organised to determine the favourite of that particular nation.
In a vote that was organised on German national TV last weekend, Malta was also ranked in the Top 10 favourites of the public. A further vote will be organised there on Saturday evening before the live broadcast of “Eurovision: Europe Shine A Light”, in order to determine the favourite of the German public.
Whilst it’s still unclear whether Destiny will go on to represent Malta in next year’s contest, her performances from X Factor Malta, as well as her Eurovision song “All Of My Love” can still continue to be streamed online through all popular platforms such as YouTube, Spotify and Apple Music.