She was the runner-up last year and placed second with “Bulletproof” by only one point. And on Saturday Dotter will compete in the grand final of Melodifestivalen 2021 with her song “Little Tot”. She’s got her fingers crossed to take home the trophy and to finally nab that ticket to Rotterdam.
Wiwiblogger Tobias caught up with Dotter to find out more about the meaning and the message of her song ”Little Tot”, the staging process and the changes that she plans to make for the final.
Scroll down for a selection of questions from the interview.
Having competed last year, you are one of a few artists that can compare what a Melodifestivalen tour is like before the pandemic and during the pandemic. What is it like to be back in Melodifestivalen this year? What’s the biggest difference?
— Well the biggest difference is that there is no audience at all. Last year there was like 30,000 people in the audience so it makes a huge difference. But this time you are not as nervous as when there are many people watching you in a full arena. It is also a little bit boring… it’s hard to explain, I mean people are there to support you and everyone are happy and there’s a lot of energy going on but now it’s like… there is almost no one there, only the camera people. I feel a little bit lonely on stage and it doesn’t really feel like it’s for real when there are no people in the audience.
A lot people that work with this year’s production say that having no audience makes it more possible to focus on the staging and the performance. Do you feel this is the case for you? Or would your performance benefit with a live audience?
— I believe it looks a little bit better if there’s not a lot of audience shown in the performance because I really like when you totally focus on the artist and the staging. So for me it’s actually a bit better. I think the whole number looks better and… I mean, I love the people sitting there with their flags and all that, but sometimes it doesn’t really fit in the kind of number you want to do. It depends on what kind of music and performance you do, but for me it feels better to just cut everyone out and focus on the number.
When you wrote “Little Tot”, was it obvious for you that you’d compete with it in Melodifestivalen?
— No not at all, I’ve never written a song just for Melodifestivalen, at least not for myself, maybe for other artists. But this song was just a song that me and my boyfriend Dino wrote and later on my record label asked me… or they told me “You should compete with this in Melodifestivalen” and I was like…yeah maybe…maybe that could be a good thing, and in the end it just felt right, so I said yes.
Speaking about your song, who is “Little Tot”? Is it a representation of yourself as a child?
— Haha no, actually it’s my… I don’t have any children, but it’s more about my future children and also for the kids growing up right now. I am like talking to them and I am telling them to don’t be like us in the future. Because we are very self-centred and very much focused on ourselves. We need to think a little bit further and think about the whole environment and what we are doing, because we are really hurting ourselves and our future children.
Will your performance and staging change compared to what we saw in semi-final two?
— Yes, actually a lot. I haven’t really seen it all yet but there will be some changes with the lighting. We weren’t really finished with the number actually [read semi-final two]. I think there is going to be some more lighting over me, in the end of the performance. I felt like it didn’t really pop the way I wanted it to do. And we have also added some… I don’t want to spoil the whole thing. But you know what, I have never used LED lights before. But I’m not going to use LED the common way. Instead we are going to use some sort of moveable LED lights.
Dotter also gave us a her thoughts about who she thinks will end up in the top 3 on Saturday. Watch the full interview to find out more.
Dotter’s previous Melodifestivalen songs
“Little Tot” marks Dotter’s third Melodifestivalen appearance since debuting in 2018 with “Cry”. Dotter has been involved in the writing process of both her previous Melodifestivalen entries. This year is no exception — Dotter joined forces with fiancé Dino Medanhodzic to pen “Little Tot”. Medanhodzic also co-wrote Dotter’s Melodifestivalen entry last year — “Bulletproof”.
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