05 December 2016

JESC 2016: Christina Shines During 2nd Rehearsal

Christina Magrin took the stage earlier this morning for her second rehearsal, and the Maltese team has done some drastic changes to the performance. The Maltese team has decided to ditch the five dancers Christina had accompanying her during the first rehearsal and one got to admit that everything looks like things are falling into place for the Maltese team. Christina looks serene, oozing confidence and is all smiles during all her runs. She belts out ‘Parachute’ to perfection and the press believes she is surely one of the best vocalists in this year’s Junior Eurovision. The Maltese team seems to have also changed a number of camera shots in order to adapt to the new changes.  Also, some of the lightning changed on stage and one must admit that everything is looking better with each run. There are only a few camera shots that need sorting, but this should easily be done by the next run of rehearsals for our country.  There’s a general buzz, that all the changes Malta has adopted have surely benefited the performance and definitely improved Malta’s chances.  During the press conference, it was highlighted how Christina Magrin was involved in every stage of the process, and all the changes done were all done through consultation with her, who apart from being the singer, she is also one of the songwriters on the song. Her maturity is surely a key in having the right attitude on stage and also off stage with the journalists. Christina was asked to sing in one of the twelve languages she sings in, and she picked Maltese over the other languages, she wowed the press with her own version of the Maltese classic ‘Kemm Hu Sabiħ’. After the press conference Christina was all smiles as she sat for a number of interviews for different media outlets and signed a couple of copies of her CD single ‘Parachute’. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about Christina Magrin and her participation in this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest, in Valletta. Source: junioreurovision.tv You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video


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JESC 2016: First Rehearsals on the MCC Stage

The Junior Eurovision Song Contest rehearsals kicked off yesterday at the Mediterranean Conference Centre with all countries being allocated forty minutes each and divided over two days. Escflashmalta.com was on site to bring you a recap of the first run of rehearsals.  Italy kicks off the rehearsals with a simple performance yet one must note it is extremely effective and works well with the song. The singer delivers a strong vocal performance this early in the morning and there’s nothing much that is hindering this from doing well.  Ireland is about next and the focus here is once again on the singer’s interpretation of her number. She does a good job at it. They are keeping things simple here yet again, with the use of smoke. I feel this might not appeal to the kids voting unfortunately, although they’re doing nothing wrong.   Cyprus follows Ireland and the singer is oozing confidence on stage. He follows an extremely busy routine yet he his vocals are nearly spot on. Visually it is looking good and the dancers give the song the boost it needs. I guess this will go down well with kids.  The Netherlands delivers an energetic performance, vocally the singers are quite strong yet in certain parts of the song it is looking a bit too busy on screen, possibly cause of their outfits and the backdrop which seem to clash a bit. I guess with a bit more work this could do well. Israel is the first country to rehearse after the break and the duo does a great job at it. The focus is on the voices and ensuring they connect well with the audience at home. Great camera work and everything looks very polished for Israel. They look sweet and surely enjoying this experience.  FYR Macedonia is up next and delivers strongly during her runs, she is has on stage three dancers and they all seem to be having a good time on stage, perhaps some shots need adjusting but overall it is a great effort for this number and it will probably appeal lots to teenagers. Malta is next on stage and Christina is slowly adjusting to the stage, she is accompanied on stage by five dancers and the backdrop is rather colourful. Christina does a great job on the vocals for the first day of rehearsals. One would expect the whole act to be polished by Sunday.    Poland is last to rehearse today and the singer sings her heart out, simple visuals yet effective for this kind of song.  Not sure on how this will grab the kids jury, but she is surely doing everything the way it should be done.  Russia kick start the rehearsals for today, they have a strong message and the four girls do a good job in delivering their entry. Some of the moves they are doing looked too rehearsed and slightly unnatural but things that surely can be fixed by Sunday.  Ukraine are next on stage and the whole act is rather impressive, the dancer gives the song the extra boost it needs and the singer delivers an emotional performance of this lovely ballad, apart from a couple of shots everything looks great and I guess it will be a contender on Sunday.  Albania is third on stage and the girl stands there and delivers her entry strongly. The visuals really compliment the whole performance and the girl’s vocals are rather impressive. I guess this might not appeal to the kids’ jury but it is impressive anyways. She surely has the cute factor in her favour. Belarus take on the stage with a extremely slick performance – the song is a catchy one and they deliver one of the best performances we have seen so far. The singer is extremely confident and seems to be having a great time on stage. There’s some camera work that needs to be adjusted but will surely be done by Sunday. Bulgaria is up next and there seems to be a certain buzz around this one, the singers sings her heart out, she clearly looks like she is enjoying her performance and everything blends really well. I would surely say this has a great chance of winning the contest this year.  Armenia, the girls can surely sing and they give a good performance. They are surely not holding back and all of them seem to be having a great time on stage. This number has a retro feel to it and the graphics boost this element. Good to note, that only one of the singers is currently on voice rest to ensure that she is hundred percent by Sunday. Georgia takes the stage next and the girl has some of the most controlled vocals this year, the song is nothing extraordinary but has a good buildup after the grand opening. It is good to point out that this song will be closing off the show so that might give a slight advantage.  Serbia is up next with one of the most infectious numbers at this year’s Junior Eurovision, the girl has some strong pipes and she really performs her number well. She starts off on a hover board and she gets off it toward the latter part of the song. Stands a good chance of doing well I guess as the kids will be singing along to this number after the first minute.  Australia picked up yet another strong song to represent them at a Eurovision event. The singer delivers the song really well and her charm comes across on camera. She takes the stage alone but it does not hinder the performance at all, one would expect that this scores well. That brings to an end the first run of rehearsals for each and every country, each delegation will be looking at what they can improve and better, so tomorrow each and every element will be finalized before heading into the run-throughs of the rehearsal.  We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about Christina Magrin and her participation in this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest, in Valletta. Source: escflashmalta.com, junioreurovision.tv You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video


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JESC 2016: Christina Delivers in 1st Rehearsal

With the first day of rehearsals coming to a close, Christina Magrin took to the stage at the Mediterranean Conference Centre to perform her colourful number ‘Parachute’, an original song which she co-wrote the lyrics with Matt ‘Muxu’ Mercieca set to the music of Florent Boshnjaku. It comes as no surprise that mouths gasped at listening to Christina’s vocal range, despite very much knowing that these first rehearsals are done in order to get the technical details sorted as quickly as possible. That said, the five dancers accompanying Christina already have an idea of their stage positioning and most likely, everything will look slick and polished by Thursday. There’s a lot of positive energy on stage, something that Malta is always known for having, and with that note, there’s no reason to believe why the tiny nation state, the smallest competing country, can’t repeat the success of recent years. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about Christina Magrin and her participation in this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest, in Valletta. Source: junioreurovision.tv You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video


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JESC 2016: The Final Running Order Made Public

During the opening ceremony which took place last night, the allocation draw of the Junior Eurovision which will be taking place on Sunday, 20th November was decided. During the show, they actually chose at random the country singing in first place and the country singing in last – Ireland drew first, whilst Georgia drew last.  The other countries then were either drawn in either the first half of the show or in the second part of the show. Malta was drawn up in the first half of the draw. The final running order is determined by the producers of the show. The running order of the 2016 edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest is as follows:  01. Ireland: Zena Donnelly - Brice Ar Bhrice 02. Armenia: Anahit & Mary - Tarber 03. Albania: Klesta Qehaja - Besoj 04. Russia: The Water of Life Project - Water of Life 05. Malta: Christina Magrin - Parachute 06. Bulgaria: Lidia Ganeva - Magical Day 07. FYR Macedonia: Martija Stanokjkovic - Love Will Lead Our Way (Ljubovta ne Vodi) 08. Poland: Olivia Wieczorek - Nie Zapomnij 09. Belarus: Alexander Minyonok - Musyka Moih Pobed (Music is my Only Way) 10. Ukraine: Sofia Rol - Planet Craves for Love 11. Italy: Fiamma Boccia - Cara Mamma - Dear Mum 12. Serbia: Dunja Jelicic - U La La La  13. Israel: Shir & Tim - Follow My Heart 14. Australia: Alexa Curtis - We Are 15. The Netherlands: Kisses - Kisses & Dancin' 16. Cyprus: George Michaelides - Dance Floor 17. Georgia: Mariam Mamadashvili - Mzeo Throughout the week, escflashmalta.com will be on hand at the Mediterranean Conference Centre proving you with recaps of the events that take place during the day, while giving extra attention to Christina Magrin, who is representing Malta at this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Stay tuned to this portal even on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news. Source: junioreurovision.tv You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video


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JESC 2016: Christina Shines During 2nd Rehearsal

JESC 2016: First Rehearsals on the MCC Stage

JESC 2016: Christina Delivers in 1st Rehearsal

JESC 2016: The Final Running Order Made Public

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