Dotter and The Mamas face off

In 2020, Sweden’s Melodifestivalen delivered one of most dramatic finishes we’ve seen in any Eurovision national final. The figures at the centre of the nail-biting finale were the winners The Mamas and Dotter, who came second by a single point. Now, Aftonbladet reports that both acts will return for the 2021 edition.

The Mamas for Melodifestivalen 2021

Many things have changed since the Melodifestivalen final in March. The Mamas’ victory in the Swedish national final turned bittersweet with the cancellation of Eurovision 2020. Then reports said The Mamas would only go to Rotterdam 2021 if SVT selected them internally.

However, according to Aftonbladet, after receiving several different song proposals over the summer, the trio of Ashley Haynes, Loulou Lamotte and Dinah Yonas Manna have decided to perform on the Melfest stage for a third year running.

They have, of course, won the song contest twice in a row now. In 2019 they were victorious alongside John Lundvik. In 2020 they took first place unaccompanied.

Dotter for Melodifestivalen 2021

Meanwhile, Johanna Jansson (aka Dotter) built her career further in the months following her dramatic second-place finish. After releasing “Backfire”, “I’m Sorry”, and most recently “Vintern jag var sexton”, she’s now ready for her Melodifestivalen return. Aftonbladet’s sources say her song is one to shoot for the highest spots.

Melodifestivalen 2021: Expected acts

According to Aftonbladet, we already know six of the 28 acts for Melodifestivalen 2021. They are Tusse Chiza, Sannex, Sami Rekik & Wahl, Julia Alfrida (P4 Nästa), The Mamas and Dotter.

The Melfest rules forbid artists from revealing whether or not they’re participating. Therefore, Aftonbladet’s reports are not official. However, their rumours have proven accurate before, as they correctly predicted 45 of the last two years’ 56 participants.

Will The Mamas complete their trifecta? Will Sweden bring us to Dotterdam? Did 2020 just get a whole lot better? Let us know in the comments below!

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maladroite
maladroite
2 months ago

Hope the mama’s get their second chance and that they deserve it. I’m glad that they aren’t discouraged because of what happened in 2020

Azaad
Azaad
2 months ago

If I was Dotter I’d not participate this year if The Mamas are, they’ll probably get sympathy votes in addition to their large genuine support. If she came in 2022 when she could compete and The Mamas couldn’t she could make a bigger impression.

Tom
Tom
2 months ago
Reply to  Azaad

She cares about Melo and not going to ESC …ESc is just bonus

Last edited 2 months ago by Tom
Azaad
Azaad
2 months ago
Reply to  Tom

But I’m assuming she’d want to win

Miss Uncongeniality
Miss Uncongeniality
2 months ago

The Mammas again? Really? Boooooring

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
2 months ago

As if there arent like 28 different acts anyway.

Thomas
Thomas
2 months ago

Guys, the snippet of Go_A song is leaked, check out Twitter of ESC , sounds amazing!

Erasmus
Erasmus
2 months ago
Reply to  Thomas

ok I’m so happy that these (I think there are more than one) songs sound similar to solovey, exactly what I wanted from them – happy they didn’t go for mainstream music as I feared when I heard that they were working together with song-writers of friend of a friend..

ESCFan2009
ESCFan2009
2 months ago

#Dotterdam2021 ist rolling again 😀 (well, technically not “again”, cause last time it was #Dotterdam2020, but well ^^)

Milla
Milla
2 months ago

Not the Mamas again! I’m fed up with sending gospel. But I fear they’ll gather sympathy votes and that other artists and songs will stand in their shade. The swedish people like to vote with their hearts. But really.. enough is enough.

Denis
Denis
2 months ago

I hope we don’t play the sympathy card and vote for the Mamas to win. Because as good as they were I don’t want us to send gospel again for the third time. Has gospel become the new schlager where we send varieties of the same song? Like we did all those years after Charlotte won in 1999?

Last edited 2 months ago by Denis
Linus
Linus
2 months ago
Reply to  Denis

Vi swedes dont vote for that anyway so. I dont know any who do

Denis
Denis
2 months ago
Reply to  Linus

Well,apparently us Swedes did vote for it since gospel won 2019 and 2020. In 2019 it even won with a big lead. I don’t know anybody who dind’t have John Lundvik as a favourite in 2019.

Last edited 2 months ago by Denis
Linus
Linus
2 months ago
Reply to  Denis

i meant the pitty vote

Denis
Denis
2 months ago
Reply to  Linus

Probably not but Anna Bergendahl got most votes simply by sympathy

Jonas
Jonas
2 months ago
Reply to  Denis

Two years in a row? No…she didn’t.

Jofty
Jofty
2 months ago
Reply to  Denis

I recently heard “Move” for the first time. I knew exactly what to expect and I was not let down! I don’t think appearance # 3 would be a good idea – and risk a possible repeat of 2010. And to think all the alleged “Fuego” copiers are given such a hard time!

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
2 months ago

The Mamas could make a bit of Melfest history that’s never likely to be matched if they could go on and win again…
Good for Dotter on coming back, even though it means we’ll have to put up with her fans on here for the next few months. 😉

Jonas
Jonas
2 months ago
Reply to  Briekimchi

Family Four won twice in a row, back in the 1970s.

I wouldn’t call them the actual winners in 2019, they were just backing singers to John.

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
2 months ago
Reply to  Briekimchi

Are we called “dottys”? 🙂
Dotter’s fans: Dotterettes? Dotteries? Polkadotters?

Una
Una
2 months ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

In keeping up with the international element of the fandom, I would suggest: «Døttërš».

Azaad
Azaad
2 months ago
Reply to  Una

Mine is more mundane but makes sense in context: Johanna’s Daughters (since Dotter is Swedish for Dotter, aka Johanna Janson)

Una
Una
2 months ago
Reply to  Azaad

Then I would suggest: «Døttërš’».

Whisker
Whisker
2 months ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

Dottertrons! I also wanted to fashion a Wiwibloggs fan collective name, but I can’t find one.

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
2 months ago
Reply to  Whisker

Wiwibloggers, I thought?

Whisker
Whisker
2 months ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

I am thinking Wiwibuffs! And I like the “Polkadotters” you suggested, polka relates to music/dance, there are many dots in polka dots in the pattern and Dotter has many fans!! #iLike #wiwibuff

Erik
Erik
2 months ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

Döttrar is the Swedish plural form

Davve
Davve
2 months ago

Only fair! and The Mamas seriously stands a good chance of winning again IF they get a great song. They are very popular and will ride the sympathy wave of not going to ESC2020.

Joe
Joe
2 months ago

I remember The Mamas in an interview saying that they probably wouldn’t come back for the next Melfest unless they had the right song, so I’m excited to see what they’ve bought this time. As for Dotter……..need I say more? Bulletproof really grew on me so I’m wondering if she’s able to top that!

FanESC
FanESC
2 months ago

If we get songs as good as “Move” and “Bulletproof” + “DNA” by Loreen (if it is a good song), omg.?

Last edited 2 months ago by FanESC
Polegend Godgarina
Polegend Godgarina
2 months ago

the kii if they finish top 2 again… can’t wait !

Belle
Belle
2 months ago

DOTTER!!!!!So excited!

Asaf Rokni
Asaf Rokni
2 months ago

AHahhHAHHAHhhahah! I literlally screamed! I am so EXCITED!!!!

Whisker
Whisker
2 months ago

I have high expectations of Dotter’s entry in case she’ll participate.

ESCFanGA
ESCFanGA
2 months ago

I imagine The Mamas will get a lot of sympathy votes given what happened this year. I’m glad Dotter is going to return and I would love to see her represent Sweden at Eurovision with a song as good as or even better than Bulletproof! #Dotterdam2021

Last edited 2 months ago by ESCFanGA
Diana
Diana
2 months ago

Dotterdam 2021 is really happening. Let’s get our 7th win!

Erasmus
Erasmus
2 months ago

I loved the Mamas,but I really don’t wanna see Sweden sending a gospel song 3 times in a row, with the same singers actually. Dotter however – I am excited for that. and also I hope they won’t get pity votes (and something tells me that Sweden isn’t like that – but can any Swede expand on that, do Swedes give pity points or not) 🙂

Lebanese esc fan
Lebanese esc fan
2 months ago
Reply to  Erasmus

I agree with you actually, I’m pretty sure the mamas won’t be getting “pity” votes regardless of the song which probably won’t be the case with, say Uku and Estonia.

Erasmus
Erasmus
2 months ago

tbh I’m not sure Uku will be getting a lot of pity votes.. and even if he wins the televote he probably won’t win the jury – especially if there are a few of great acts this year.

Colin
Colin
2 months ago
Reply to  Erasmus

Winning the jury was never an issue for EL. Not falling out of the top 3 in the combined vote is. Kerli won the jury in 2017, Stefan in 2019 and Anett & Ferdi in 2020. None of them won it all. I have a hunch Uku will probably win, unless there is a song Estonians genuinely prefer more.

Erasmus
Erasmus
2 months ago
Reply to  Colin

true.. but again it may happen that Uku will not even be in the top 5 of the jury, u never know.. depends on a lot of things

Donkey
Donkey
2 months ago
Reply to  Erasmus

Uku was 6th in jury last year. And Victor was second last in 2019. Winning totally depends on the public vote in eesti laul.

Colin
Colin
2 months ago
Reply to  Erasmus

Sure, it absolutely does and that’s what makes it unpredictable. But considering that Uku’s popularity already have him a huge boost in 2020, thinking that voters will back him up with even greater passion has some merit. Of course, ultimately it can go either way. The deciding factor might also be the song. However, Estonians have shown their support to a song some fans might call dated. So, their subsequent taste might also diverge from your average Eurofan watcher.

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
2 months ago
Reply to  Colin

EL has such a good voting system. You have to have an element of jury support to make it to the superfinal but from there, the public’s favourite goes onto win. More countries can learn from this.

Colin
Colin
2 months ago
Reply to  Briekimchi

I agree. Even in cases in which I vastly prefer jury’s favorite to the public’s, I find it an easier pill to swallow. At least there’s a large number of people who gave their support to the song. I’d rather have situations like France 2019 or Estonia 2020 than like Spain 2017. Sure, I always root for my favorite, but I find ”losing” much easier when it’s a huge pool of people deciding.

Erasmus
Erasmus
2 months ago
Reply to  Briekimchi

nah. I mean I’d prefer if Kerli and Jaagup won and not Uku and Koit&Laura. i mean the system sounds good, but in practice it’s not great..

Liisa
Liisa
2 months ago

Why would the contestant get more pity votes in Estonia than in Sweden?

Azaad
Azaad
2 months ago
Reply to  Liisa

Maybe because the Swedes are more ruthless and want the most competitive song to win? The Mamas were the best vocalists of the night even though I thought overall Dotter was better

Thomas
Thomas
2 months ago

I wanted so bad Dotter and Khayat for ESC2020, but they both came second…

I will be so happy if one of my fav babes from last season can reach Rotterdam arena after all, I’llpray for an amazing song for Dotter so she could win Melfest! yay))))

Ashton
Ashton
2 months ago

Omg. I don’t know if I can handle the drama if Dotter doesn’t win again….

Lebanese esc fan
Lebanese esc fan
2 months ago

#Dotterdam2021