Today the Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — travelled to this year’s host city Valletta. After we had cuddles with Ira Losco’s new baby, we got together and reviewed Malta’s entry for Junior Eurovision 2016. Does Christina Magrin lift us up with her “Parachute“? Or was it more of a crash landing? Read on to find out…
Malta’s Junior Eurovision 2016 song
“Parachute” reviews – Christina Magrin
William: You can throw me out of a plane so long as Christina’s “Parachute” is playing! This feel-good track starts with a tsunami of sound and Little Miss Magrin sustains the momentum for the entire three minutes. Kid-friendly songs sometimes sound very yesterday, but the electro-dance production pulls this firmly into 2016 — and the club. Curiously the song is inverted: Its strength comes in the verses rather than the chorus. But Christina’s charisma and powerful voice quickly make me forget that.
Deban: The opening bars of “Parachute” set the tone. The verses, the bridge, the melody and the metaphors all work — this is craftsmanship, honey! Although the actual hook is a little weak, overall, it has a cutesy likability. Christina follows in the footsteps of Malta’s JESC stars with her on point vocals and star quality. This could easily secure Malta her third victory.
Stanislav: I was a little perplexed after listening to “Parachute” – but in a good way. I wouldn’t mind hearing it at next year’s Junior Eurovision during the winner’s reprise. Christina’s voice is among the most powerful in this year’s contest — and it fits her song perfectly. I wish nothing but the best of luck to Christina.
Antranig: There’s a lot to like about the Maltese entry and the tiny island once again proves why it is the queen of Junior Eurovision. Unfortunately, “Parachute” has a bizarre hook that sounds like “ew ew ew” which really turns me off. On the other hand, the rest of the song and the message are powerful and Christina’s vocals are enchanting. I would bet on Malta being in the Top Five again.
Jason: “Parachute” is fun, current and instantly appealing. Christina has plenty of space to impress with her vocals, and she certainly does not hold back. This is a great follow-up entry to last year’s Maltese winner. I also agree that the “ooh ooh ooh” hook sounds a tad odd, but it is only a minor flaw. Will “Parachute” leave the juries saying “ew ew ew“? I don’t think so.
Bernardo: Christina owns a powerful set of pipes — and she knows how to control them. She is going to be the bomb in a couple of years. The production of the song helps her convey a kid-friendly atmosphere while remaining jury-friendly. Malta knows how to work Junior Eurovision. I would consider this one of the favourites to win, but it needs a stronger chorus. Brava, Christina!
Chris: This signifies the first real mis-step from Malta at Junior Eurovision in recent years. Whilst I fully expect Christina to deliver in her performance — SHE is fantastic — the song just seems a little weak. The “ooh” hook really falls flat and I can’t see juries seeing past that when deciding on Christina. Then again the live performance can change everything. I wasn’t a huge fan of “Diamonds” until Federica performed the song live — and beautifully.
Josh: When I first heard “Parachute”, I was completely obsessed with the first minute of the song. Then the chorus started and it suddenly went down-hill. I could absolutely live without the “ooh, ooh, ooh, p-p-p-parachute”. Christina’s voice, however, is incredibly powerful and comparable to her Malta JESC alumni such as Destiny Chukunyere, Frederica Falzon and Gaia Cauchi. I’m sure the song will score well but I’m just not a fan.
Marek: I couldn’t believe it when I first heard “Parachute”. Young Christina somehow reminds me of Cheryl Cole and I can’t get her song out of my head. Her voice is just as strong as Destiny’s — and she has a song that is just as danceable. Hopefully the performance exceeds my expectations and brings the song up to the level it deserves.
Robyn: “Parachute” was evidently written to showcase Christina’s extensive vocal abilities. Sometimes it works, other times it just feels like showing off. But some listeners will enjoy this junior diva style. “Parachute” brings a fresh tropical house sound to the contest, but gives it roots with the warmth of Christina’s classic soul voice.
Our jury for 2016 consists of 21 jurors, but we only have room for ten reviews. The remaining 11 scores are listed below.
The highest and lowest scores are removed prior to calculating the average score. This is to remove outliers and reduce potential bias. We have removed a low of 5 and a high of 10.