The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — continues to listen to and review the songs competing in the Andra Chansen round of Melodifestivalen 2017. Ahead of the show on Saturday, we turn to Axel Schylström and his song “När ingen ser” (“When no one is looking”). Did he make us want to sneak a peek? Read on to find out!
Axel Schylström – “När ingen ser”
About Axel Schylström
After being severely burned in an accident in 2012, Axel overcame his injuries and competed on Swedish Idol in 2015. He was a popular contestant and placed fourth. “När ingen ser” is his Melfest debut.
Wiwi Jury reviews När ingen ser
Antranig: Axel didn’t really stand out from the snippets but after watching the live performance, “När ingen ser” came to life. There’s a lot to like about Axel and I’m not talking about his tragic story. He is a charismatic performer with amazing stage presence and he commands your attention. While Axel won’t win Melfest this year, this is a terrific performance that deserves a place in the top half of the final.
Josh: “När ingen ser” is Swedish pop gold. It has an underlying beat that makes you want to dance like nobody is watching. During the live show, I was anticipating SVT to harp on about his accident and use that as a focal point in his entry. I’m pleased to see that although it was addressed briefly in the introduction, he burst out on stage full of confidence and happiness and making the song the priority.
Robyn: “När ingen ser” reminds me of Andrea Weise’s “Bring Out the Fire” from 2015 – a bold pop performance delivered with a very Swedish sense of showmanship. And I love it. Axel is a brilliant performer, has a great voice and just brings so much life to the performance. Easily the best Swedish language song in Andra Chansen — and it beats a few of the English-language finalists as well.
Anthony: Axel is a talented artist, especially after going through difficult times over the years. But despite repeated listens, “När ingen ser” has still left me feeling empty considering Alice lost out at deltävling 4. However, Axel managed to liven it up with his performance. His stage presence truly shines with a slick choreography, whilst confidently singing in Swedish.
Bernardo: Why need a Magnus Carlson when you have Axel. Pop tunes in Swedish are usually associated with dated schlager beats. “När ingen ser” takes it to another level, giving life to a language understood and spoken by few. It misses a good hook, but Axel’s charisma and confidence make up for that.
William: This song has a dated, 90s warehouse feel, the costumes are equally throwback and I’m assuming that Axel isn’t a natural dancer. Yet for some reason this just really works. Axel’s personal story is quite inspiring and I find myself willing him on (as I pray they change that appalling white jacket). Owing to strong production and Axel’s total belief in this, “När ingen ser” is Swedish language pop that actually works for English-speaking ears. Well done.
Chris: Whilst I doubt that Axel was ever really seen as a major threat when they put together the contest, he’s hardly been treated badly. “När ingen ser” is a great, catchy number that works best on stage. There’s the stock “young guy at Melfest” dance routine, of course, but Axel pulls it off well. It’s not overly memorable though and doesn’t stand out enough to do that well. On the plus side, I suspect it might be a dry run for a more serious attempt by Axel next year.
Jordi: Is it his white jacket? Is it his charisma? I don’t really know, but he caught my attention during the whole performance in Melodifestivalen. “När ingen ser” is electrifying and pop pleasure, but sounds quite generic to me. He brings 100% Sweden feeling with that song. It’s catchy but at the same time, a little bit repetitive in my opinion. He has the look and he knows how to move, but I don’t get the big hook. However, I do enjoyed the fast beat of the song.
Our jury for Melodifestivalen 2017 contains 29 jurors, but we only have room for eight reviews. The remaining 21 scores are listed 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 3 and a high of 9.