The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — continues to rate and review the songs competing in the andra chansen round of Sweden’s Melodifestivalen 2019. Next up, we listen to three-time Mello star Lisa Ajax with her ballad “Torn”. Did the song tear us apart? Read on to find out!
Lisa Ajax – “Torn”
Angus: Lisa Ajax has always looked the part, but never really landed the pay-off. “My Heart Wants Me Dead” sparkled at the semi and fizzled out at the final. “I Don’t Give A” was flashy and modern, but became monotonous. “Torn”, on the other hand, is all about progression, focused power and the big pay-off. This is a class effort, which for the first matches Lisa’s potential and has glimmers of winning song about it. The only weak chink here is staging. The song is about progression, and lighting could reflect that better. That aside, Lisa should be in a strong position to challenge in the final.
Antranig: When I heard the snippet, I was convinced this was winning Melfest. It sounded like it was building up to an epic climax. When the full version came along, I was mortified to discover that the three minutes was over and it was still building. There is so much wasted potential here — it could’ve been epic but it’s missing a climax. It’s still extremely high quality but it could be a lot better. That can be remedied as Lisa Ajax is one of the best performers we have had at Melfest in recent years and she makes this song special.
Cinan: Lisa performs this so well! I’m so impressed with Lisa and the way she sings the song. She had grown up so much and now she’s ready to slay! I’m 100% sure she will be one of four qualifiers to final from andra chansen this Saturday. You go, girl!
Florian: This song has clearly been produced for the likes of Loreen. And while Lisa Ajax isn’t up in that league yet, she does put her emotions into the track. This feels more mature than her previous entries and vocally she’s also improved from her previous Melodifestivalen appearances.
Luis: “Torn” is a great surprise on behalf of Lisa. A passionate power ballad which she performs whole-heartedly, delivering some top notch vocals. This feels like a huge step on her career and it sends a major statement: “Do not underestimate Lisa Ajax”. She might have been a generic popstress in the past, but she’s not playing anymore. Despite being in andra chansen, “Torn” remains a candidate to win it all.
Ron: Lisa Ajax almost managed to break me into pieces, it was so so close. She did however make me feel her sincere emotions through her voice. “Less is more”, they say, but this act felt a bit too minimalistic and it needs more in order to get the maximum impact. Lisa has a great voice and I love how she’s belting out the chorus, but the verses weren’t that perfect and her pronunciation could be improved as well. Unfortunately, in the climax moment Lisa let me down as she missed the right note. It was quite upsetting since when your performance is so minimalistic you must sing it as perfectly as possible and missing the right note just can’t happen. I hope that improvements will be made in order to turn this performance into a real contender.
In our Melodifestivalen Wiwi Jury, we have 12 jurors but only room for 6 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 6 and a high of 10.