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 2020. Next up, we listen to Melfest 2018 star Dotter and her new effort “Bulletproof”. Did we feel her firepower? Read on to find out!
Dotter – “Bulletproof”
Åri: This is, without any exaggeration, my favourite Melodifestivalen song ever. If it wasn’t for the fierce Czech selection, this would also be my favourite NF song of 2020. Lyrically and melodically, “Bulletproof” is brilliant, and while Dotter isn’t impeccable live, she was the best singer of the semi and dealt well considering the difficulty of the song. Perfect staging, love the lasers, love the hairflips, love the outfit. This is much better than the admittedly fantastic “Cry”, and totally earned this direkt till finalen. This certainly can and should win Eurovision! Sweden, do us all a favour and choose this masterpiece.
Lucy: When I heard Dotter was partaking in Mello again, I couldn’t have been more excited. “Cry” is one of my all-time favourites from Sweden’s selection and I hoped she’d be the winner from the word go. Stating the obvious, Dotter has some exceptional staging, and she performs it very well. But removing the performance element, this song is above average, but not as spectacular as I expected it would be. I truly think she’ll win, but I won’t be taking a Sweden flag to pre-parties as I’d hoped when I heard Dotter’s name in the line-up.
Pablo: Immediate highlight of Melfest right here. A fusion of Sia and Karin Park, Dotter returned after her failure in 2018 to take no prisoners. Taking the polished tropes of modern pop and repackaging them in a fresh new way, and using some really smart staging to achieve that “bullet bouncing off” effect, she truly has embodied the best that pop music has to offer, both in the Eurovision and international contexts. With some tweaks on clothing (black pants would be an amazing look), we really could be seeing a contender to go to Rotterdam.
Tobias: Wow! This is one the best songs and one of the most interesting performances so far in Melodifestivalen 2020! I like the mysterious and interesting staging and how she works with the laser to create different light effects. The most memorable part of her performance is when the laser reflects on her dress like a disco ball — it looks great! A memorable performance that stands out is important and Dotter clearly ticks that box. The song is really good with a lot of inspiration from Sia and a touch of Florence and the Machine. However the staging lifts up the song a lot. This is winning material.
In our Melodifestivalen Wiwi Jury, we have 14 jurors but only room for four 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.