Our Wiwi Jury is making its way through the UK’s selection for Eurovision: You Decide. With the final this Friday, we’re reviewing all six songs to determine who we want to fly the British flag in Stockholm. This time, we’re looking at Bianca with her song, “Shine a Little Light”. The track was co-written by, amongst others, Leona Lewis. Were we bleeding love for this one? Find out what we thought about the song below, and don’t forget to vote in our Eurovision: You Decide poll to have your say too.
Bianca – “Shine a Little Light”
“Shine a Little Light” reviews
Anthony: I can clearly see the Leona Lewis connection here. Bianca was once a backing singer for the former UK X Factor winner and Leona has channelled her influence on “Shine a Little Light”. It’s a decent mid-tempo song with a stand-out chorus, but my main concern for Bianca would be her live performance. As Iceland’s Maria Olafs found out, delivering it under the extreme pressure of 200 million viewers is no easy task.
Antranig: This is a classy production. A big name in the songwriting department adds credibility to a song that already stands out as one of the best in the competition. It’s not exactly going to get the UK back to the Top 10, but it would be an improvement on the disaster that was Electro Velvet. This would be a strong choice from what the UK has to work with.
Chris: I hate the backing track to this song. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: it sounds like the demo track you get on a cheap electronic keyboard. Bianca’s voice soars above it, but I’m already too distracted because the whole thing feels cheap and nasty as a result. It might surprise me live and it could be revamped if it wins. As it stands though, I just can’t get behind this whatsoever.
Deban: Perhaps the most sophisticated and commercial of this year’s UK selection, Bianca soars and sizzles over the beats. This well-produced number has got radio potential, and could easily put the United Kingdom on the left side of the scoreboard.
Edd: This is less “shine a little light” and more “line a little shite.” It’s a solid song — professional production and an uplifting melody. It would be a good entry if it was actually sung by Leona Lewis. But Bianca’s voice just has no soul — and you can tell that songwriters just bought a singer, rather than her being an actual artist.
Luis: This is a very safe entry: a good voice, paired with a decent song, with a well-known song writer. The problem is that it passes unnoticed. Too okay-ish for a normal song, and too effortless for the UK. In fact, it could perfectly be amongst Lithuania’s NF entries. Is “Shine a little light” the best that the country with the biggest music industry in Europe can bring? Seriously?
Max: “Shine a Little Light” lacks originality, but its mid-tempo predictability is soothingly enjoyable and its chorus is powerful. I’m sure this would have enjoyed success as a Leona single — I sense an element of selflessness in her decision to not record it herself. Bianca’s vocals sound strong on record, but obviously we’ll see whether she can handle it live on Friday. This is the potential entry that delivers the most impact, and for this reason it’s my favourite for Stockholm.
William: The soulful opening, which has a slight Caribbean edge, is incredibly promising. But the first chorus and middle 90 seconds is underwhelming and repetitive. Potential redemption comes in the soaring and soulful bridge, but I think it arrives just a bit too late. I wish she could have started at that point rather than dragging us there with a rather insipid and forgettable middle. PS It feels like Leona wrote this for herself and not Bianca — something just isn’t connecting.
In our UK Wiwi Jury, we have 14 jurors but only room for 8 reviews. The rest of our scores can be found below:
Before calculating the average score, the highest and lowest scores are dropped. This is to remove outliers and reduce potential bias. We have removed a low of 5 and a high of 8.5.