Dotter rode a wave of hype into the final of Melodifestivalen 2020, ultimately finishing second to The Mamas.
Now, in a wide-ranging interview with Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet, the “Bulletproof” hitmaker says that she likely dodged a bullet.
The newspaper asked Dotter — real name Johanna Jansson — what it was like to win the international jury vote, but then ultimately lose out to The Mamas by just one point. The 33-year-old says she wasn’t disappointed.
“I was confused that I came second,” she said. “From the start I did not even think I would go to the final. Now that there was no Eurovision final, it would not have been so fun to win either.”
Dotter at Melodifestivalen 2021?
The Swedish broadcaster SVT has already made it clear that The Mamas will not receive an automatic place at Eurovision next year. Melodifestivalen will take place again in 2021. That means Dotter could very well enter the contest for a third time, having been eliminated from her semi-final in 2018 with the number “Cry”.
So will we see her at Melodifestivalen next year? She played it coy with Aftonbladet. “We shall see,” she said. “In any case I have not received any invitation yet.”
A big theme of her interview with Aftonbladet was that her song “Bulletproof” has outperformed the winning song “Move” on multiple fronts.
On Spotify “Bulletproof” has been streamed around 300,000 more times than “Move”. The Swedish charts tell a similar story. Dotter’s hit made the Svensktoppen list for 15 weeks and managed to secure the top spot for four weeks, while remaining in the Top 3 for eleven weeks. The Mamas, on the other hand, topped the chart for just one week, and only managed the Top 3 for two weeks. They were in the charts for a total of 11 weeks — a month less than Dotter.
Dotter, however, isn’t paying too much attention.
“I’m not sitting and counting the streaming and such,” she said. “But God, what fun that you get to be part of having a real hit. I had thought that my genre is a bit too alternative.”
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