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Malta's Christina Magrin: "I want to make the Maltese people proud"

17 November 2016 at 12:35 CET
Christina Magrin sings Parachute, the home entry for Malta in the 2016 Junior Eurovision Andres Putting (EBU)
Malta is one of the most successful countries in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in recent years, having won two out of the last three editions. Still their singer, Christina Magrin, embraces the challenge of representing her country with hope and enthusiasm.

Christina Magrin from Malta has already done her crossover to the "adult" Eurovision Song Contest. Well, kind of. Her first big break was during a rendition of the Albanian Eurovision Song Contest entry from 2012, Suus, where she caught the attention of millions of TV viewers and reached over 400,000 YouTube views in just a few days. The video went viral on Albanian media, capturing the attention of the composer of the song, Florent Boshnjaku, who promised to compose a song and launch it in the Balkans. The promise was kept and the song Parachute is now representing Malta in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest.

We spoke to Christina after she finished her rehearsal. "Today it was much better on stage, stuff that had to be arranged was sorted and I felt more comfortable. I was there with my mum and I said to her "Wow! Look at the stage! I still feel like I'm looking at the YouTube screen. I still can't believe I'm here!"

When asked about the other contestants Christina is relaxed. "We are all friends, we hang out in the evenings, we talk, we sing. We're very close friends, we all know each other. I feel really happy to have met these particular contestants". 

Christina also explained how she felt about representing Malta on home ground. "It's obviously going to be more difficult on home soil but I'm going to make the Maltese people proud". In her second rehearsal Christina didn't have dancers on the stage with her, she teases; "You're going to have to find out what happens on Sunday!"