Can Destiny bring the Eurovision crown home for Malta? (Picture: Eurovision)
Eurovision 2021 might well be about to give us a first time winner, with Malta’s singer Destiny one of the favourites to take the title this year.
The 18-year-old – a former Junior Eurovision winner, who Britain’s Got Talent viewers might also recognise from the 2017 series of the show – is aiming to make a splash at the contest in Rotterdam with her bouncy electroswing number Je Me Casse.
She’ll be performing last in the first semi-final on Tuesday night, in her bid to nab a place in Saturday’s final and potentially bring Malta its first ever victory in the main contest – but her song, a female empowerment anthem, might leave a few people wondering about its French title.
Just what does Je Me Casse mean? Here’s what you need to know…
What does Je Me Casse mean?
Quite simply, ‘je me casse’ is a French slang phrase which means ‘I’m out of here’, ‘I’m leaving’ or similar.
The technical meaning of the phrase is ‘I break’, with ‘casse’ coming from the French verb ‘casser’ – which means ‘to break’.
The phrase would generally be used in a situation where a person wants to make a quick exit – if they are in a situation they don’t want to be in, for example.
It fits in with the theme of Destiny’s song, in which a woman who is unimpressed with a man’s advances, and lets him know in no uncertain terms – telling him at one point in the song ‘Hell no, I am not your honey’, and adding that just because she may ‘show some skin’ doesn’t mean she is interested in him.
Destiny has said of Je Me Casse: ‘This song is dedicated to those women out there who in some way or another are feeling sidelined.
‘We can do it on our own, and we really can make great things happen when we believe in ourselves and get to work!”
When is Eurovision 2021?
The 2021 Eurovision Song Contest semi-finals take place at the Rotterdam Ahoy on Tuesday May 18 and Thursday May 20 – with 10 countries from each advancing to the final to join the pre-qualified countries France, Spain, Italy, Germany, UK and the Netherlands.
The grand final is on Saturday May 22 and kicks off on BBC One at 8pm with Graham Norton in the commentary box as usual.
This year’s contest is taking place in Rotterdam after Duncan Laurence won the contest for the Netherlands in Tel Aviv in 2019 – and after the planned 2020 contest was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Eurovision semi-finals are on May 18 and May 20 on BBC Four from 8pm. The grand final is on BBC One on Saturday May 22 from 8pm.