The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — continues to rate and review the songs competing in the grand final of Sweden’s Melodifestivalen 2019. Next up, we listen to Instagram singing sensation Bishara and his Mello debut “On My Own”. Do we see a bright future for him? Read on to find out!
Bishara – “On My Own”
“On My Own” reviews
Anthony: If you weren’t familiar with Bishara and watched him for the very first time, you could have easily mistaken it for a performance at Lilla Melodifestivalen. Sure, he has the voice of an angel but it’s like he’s ended up with a song that’s just been plonked in, especially when it’s co-written by last year’s winner. And the lyrics do sound a tad awkward for a young teenager. One to watch for the future.
Bernardo: There is something very interesting about Bishara’s fragile vocals, but you need to bring your A-game in every aspect to win Melfest. “On My Own” won’t do it but it’s a nice first effort. I feel Bishara will be conformable in the finals and will bring life to this mid-tempo ballad.
Deban: “On My Own” sounds like a Ne-Yo B-side. Unlike Ne-Yo who is 40 years of age, Bishara is barely 16! Even despite his grovelling, he remains a kid in character. Bishara should return next year with a more age-appropriate song.
Lucy: This is a singer born in 2003 singing about waking up in his bed all alone. Sorry for being a grump, but yeah, should hope so! Giving Bishara this song was… a choice. He is far too young for most of the lyrics, and a 15/16-year-old singing something which sounds like it was written in his birth year isn’t going to get him far in Eurovision should he win Melfest. I get he’s cute and the teens and kids will love him but in such a strong heat it’s really unfortunate this made it direkt till final.
Robyn: Where did Bishara come from? Instagram, I know, but he appears to have emerged as a fully-formed pop star. The young singer delivers “On My Own” with strength and confidence and can effortlessly work around his vocal limits. The song isn’t my cup of tea, but I can’t help admire Bishara and everything he’s put into the performance.
Tobias: I do understand the hype about Bishara, an unknown charming boy that used to sing in the school cafeteria, became “famous” from Instagram and then became an artist overnight. I get it, people are amazed that a 15-year-old boy has the capability of the voice he has. But setting his voice aside I think the song itself is very weak and forgettable and I am surprised it actually went straight to final. I do believe people only voted on it because of the fact that he is 15 years and posses the voice he has and not the song itself. Also, the lyrics don’t make sense for a young boy like him, I mean can you even be that heartbroken at that age? It just doesn’t feel real and the whole message of the song disappears. However, I know he has a bright future for sure and will develop more the older he gets.
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 3.5 and a high of 7.