2016 JESC Reviews – Malta – Christina Magrin – Parachute
After Gaia Cauchi won Junior Eurovision back in 2013, Malta has become a powerhouse in Junior Eurovision, with two wins, and a 4th place in between. This year, in her home country, Christina Magrin has the home town pressure to continue this good run of results, but does the song Parachute have what it takes to win again?
The song certainly starts off with the highs similar to those that we saw in Destiny’s winning performance last year. One big note at the start leads into a more subdued verse, and then into a catchy chorus. Christina doesn’t hold back on the big, and high notes in this song, and I’m still quite undecided if this is just a ploy to get points for vocal excellence, because sometimes it can seem like just too much. I’m in absolute awe of her voice, and if she sings like this on the day of the show, she is certainly going to impress, but what I question is the actual need in the song to pull out as many of those notes as she does. I suppose, if you’ve got it, flaunt it!
The song boasts a catchy beat and a memorable hook in the chorus, and I think that if this is paired with an energetic stage performance, this could end up as a Federica situation and end up somewhere in the top 5. Saying that, I think there are better songs to be able to push this out of the top 5, but nothing beats a home town crowd to cheer you on!
This is an unpredictable one for me, and I will be interested to see how this ends up in the final results. Overall, I like it, but don’t love it, certainly not as much as Destiny’s winner from last year.