It’s the last national final of the 2021 season and tonight Sweden will decide which act it will send to Eurovision 2021. But who should get that ticket to Rotterdam? The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — have listened to the 12 grand final acts of Melodifestivalen 2021 and ranked our favourites. Read on to see which ones we liked!

Lauren

1. Dotter – “Little Tot”

Johanna “Dotter” Jansson, you have done it again. My now three-time Melodifestivalen favourite is back in the game, and I have to hope she’s in it to win it this time, because I might not be able to bear the heartbreak again. “Little Tot” is contemporary, it is honest, it is catchy – it’s a winner. As opposed to last year’s “Bulletproof”, it doesn’t scream ‘Eurovision winner’ for me. But Melfest winner? Clearly. By now, Dotter is to Melfest what Željko Joksimovič is to Eurovision: she’s such an icon, she gave us such masterpieces, and it feels like surely she’s won at least once or twice before. And it’s about time she does.

2. Clara Klingenström – “Behöver inte dig idag”
3. Paul Rey – “The Missing Piece”
4. Anton Ewald – “New Religion”
5. Eric Saade – “Every Minute”

Antranig

1. Dotter – “Little Tot”

The Swedes have clearly mastered the art of social distancing because they’ve left a lot of space between Dotter and her competition. “Little Tot” reminds me a lot of Loreen’s “Statements” with an underlying darkness, a very memorable hook and a message which transcends time itself. Musically, lyrically and visually, “Little Tot” is on par with “Cry” and “Bulletproof” but the importance and relevance of its message sets it apart as Dotter’s best Melfest attempt. We don’t often get do-overs in life but Sweden have been given a second chance to make Dotterdam a reality.

2. The Mamas – “In the Middle”
3. Paul Rey – “The Missing Piece”
4. Charlotte Perrelli – “Still Young”
5. Klara Hammarström – “Beat of Broken Hearts”

Jacob

1. Clara Klingenström – “Behöver inte dig idag”

“Behöver inte dig idag” is kind of magical. It’s such a simple song; nothing fancy or special effects, just a girl singing a song, and she does so perfectly. She reminds me a bit of Lisa Loeb from the early ’90s. It feels honest and pure. If Clara does pull off a shock win — and I think she can (I can see the international jury liking this) — I really hope they keep it in Swedish. Have a feeling the magic will disappear if translated.

2. Eric Saade – “Every Minute”
3. Alvaro Estrella – “Baila Baila”
4. Tusse – “Voices”
5. The Mamas – “In the Middle”

Luis

1. Dotter – “Little Tot”

“Little Tot” is perhaps the most excellent pop song of the whole 2021 season. Dotter only needs a few lights to create a wonderful performance out of this entry, slightly darker than what we’ve heard from her but still uplifting. In the past few years the Swedes have delivered pop perfection to Eurovision, and this is another great taste of it. It may not be a winner, but it’s the straightest way to the top five.

2. Eric Saade – “Every Minute”
3. Danny Saucedo – “Dandi dansa”
4. Clara Klingenström – “Behöver inte dig idag”
5. The Mamas – “In the Middle”

Oliver

1. The Mamas – “In The Middle”

It’s not as immediately catchy as “Move”, but “In The Middle” is still fabulous. The Mamas capitalise on the popularity of uplifting power ballads — a smart move, given the chart success of such anthems from The Greatest Showman soundtrack. And on stage, their group synergy is stronger than ever. Ash, Loulou and Dinah complement each other brilliantly, and all of The Mamas get their own moment in the spotlight to show off their killer vocals. Other than the “Bigger Than Us”-style inward-facing staging moment towards the end of the song, there’s little to fault here. And that outfit change is such a moment. Morally, The Mamas deserve the win.

2. Anton Ewald – “New Religion”
3. Danny Saucedo – “Dandi dansa”
4. Tusse – “Voices”
5. Charlotte Perrelli – “Still Young”

Natalie

1. Dotter – “Little Tot”

If Bulletproof was Dotter’s ’80s era song, then this is her at her modern, relevant, most powerful self. First off, the outfit and stage presence are phenomenal. And this song has so much more depth and emotion. Its pulsating bass notes and dancey chorus add potency to a cutting message. There’s a heck of a lot of competition in Mello this year, but as far as I’m concerned it’s still Dotterdam all the way.

2. Clara Klingenström – “Behöver inte dig idag”
3. Tusse – “Voices”
4. The Mamas – “In the Middle”
5. Danny Saucedo – “Dandi dansa”

Pablo

1. Dotter – “Little Tot”

Dotter has done it again for me! While not as immediate as “Bulletproof” was last year, “Little Tot” is a brilliant addition to the “Dottertoire”. Mixing top-notch Swedish production and an interesting story conveyed in its lyrics, this is the only song that truly feels like a complete package in this lineup: a high-quality song, a stellar performance, great staging and a spectacular live. “Little Tot” would showcase Sweden at its best.

2. Eric Saade – “Every Minute”
3. Anton Ewald – “New Religion”
4. Danny Saucedo – “Dandi dansa”
5. Charlotte Perrelli – “Still Young”

Robyn

1. Clara Klingenström – “Behöver inte dig idag”

This song continues to enchant me. There’s a lot to be said for Clara, who can rock up to the stage and deliver a really captivating performance with just her guitar, no fancy staging concepts needed. “Behöver inte dig idag” brings a positive and uplifting message, a helping hand out of a darker situation. While the lyrics are in Swedish, the music supports the theme meaning that those who don’t speak the language can still get the general feeling of the song. This song is a well-deserved finalist and I hope it does well on the night!

2. Arvingarna – “Tänker inte alls gå hem”
3. Danny Saucedo – “Dandi dansa”
4. The Mamas – “In the Middle”
5. Tusse – “Voices”

Ron

1. Dotter – “Little Tot”

This performance is so special and effective especially because Dotter is the one leading it. This is a real modern anthem full of power. It’s powerful both as a song with its important message and as a performance on stage. In the darkness, Dotter is showing us the light and she shines so brightly with this song. Her voice is so unique and special that it must get to Eurovision, so maybe Dotterdam is the right timing for it? If not, she must be back and get to Eurovision, she is a very special artist that should get worldwide attention.

2. Tusse – “Voices”
3. Eric Saade – “Every Minute”
4. Clara Klingenström – “Behöver inte dig idag”
5. Paul Rey – “The Missing Piece”

What do you think? What are your favourites in the Melodifestivalen 2021 grand final? Who do you think will make it to Rotterdam? Tell us your thoughts below!

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EricSaadFan!
EricSaadFan!
6 months ago

Dotter deserves much more than others!

JustSaying
JustSaying
6 months ago

Tusse will win, and I don’t know why it’s so overrated, probably will work for the juries but no with the general public like Benjamin or John

Last edited 6 months ago by JustSaying
Serafina
Serafina
6 months ago

Keeping in mind Sweden is not gonna win with any of these songs, I’d go for something with more televote appeal, and that would be the mamas, maybe Dotter and Erick too. If they send Tusse, we already know what will happen, love from the juries, indiference from the televote, and an overall very lackluster and forgettable top 10 placement.

PP77
PP77
6 months ago

Dotter and Clara was so overrated . Dotter was my favorite last year, but I don t see her in TOP 5 in final.
My prediction
1. Tusse
2. The Mamas
3. Eric Saade
4. Charlotte Perelli
5. Dany Saucedo

sam
sam
6 months ago

i’d be happy with clara klingenström, dotter, eric saade, and the mamas winning… in the case sweden picks tusse i hope europe sees how generic “voices” is and leaves sweden in the semis. tusse has a lot of potential and i feel like that potential is being wasted on such a god awful song

Zelenovi
Zelenovi
6 months ago

The Mamas for me all the way. Not just because of last year. In the Middle for me is a fluffy blanket of a song, a song with glorious warm harmonies about your loved ones being there for you in difficult times.
It’s the vocal equivalent of a hug telling us that things are going to be OK again. It’s a message for all of us this pandemic. The Mamas are special and I really hope they win.

Amesc
Amesc
6 months ago

It is not a very strong eurovision year so Sweden has chances to do something good if they pick Eric, Dotter, the Mamas or even Tusse. Personally, though, I prefer Danny but I know that they won’t vote him since his song is in english so….

Polliu
Polliu
6 months ago

And Dotter fans are gonna be pissed again when their idol didn’t win for the second year. What’s the fascination of Little Tot? Another polished pop song and that’s it. Bulletproof at least had a unique staging but this is just plain dark staging with flashy camera shots and dancers. Nothing new here.

Raussen
Raussen
6 months ago

It will be very funny to watch comments and reactions after obvious Dotter loss, another bad bland song from nf that Eurofans adore just because of singer, that they over hyped themselves

Steven
Steven
6 months ago

Although I think it would be fair to “let” Mamas go to Eurovision, I’m secretly rooting for Dotter. I am not as impressed with the Little tot as I am with the Bulletproof, however, I think her song would achieve a great result in May. On the other hand, Eric’s playing on his handsomeness which would have been fine if his voice did not irritate me.

Emily
Emily
6 months ago

This is probably the only year I’m completely indifferent on whoever wins MF. At least on the upside regardless of where Clara Klingenström places, she’s gained a fan in me. 🙂 I don’t really understand the hype around Eric’s or Tusse’s songs, but it is what it is.

(but if Eric /does/ win, I hope it’s not gonna be another case of Benjamin Ingrosso and won’t make me wince to the core… the faces are still ingrained in my mind!)

Last edited 6 months ago by Emily
Milla
Milla
6 months ago

Spoiler: “Schlagerprofilerna” has a video on youtube were they have made a very serious and ambitious votingresult. They have done it in a way that is close to reality, like every year. It especially shows how the international juries might vote. And then divides the people’s vote into age groups like with the app etc. And the outcome is pretty much as expected this year 😀

Last edited 6 months ago by Milla
Kris
Kris
6 months ago
Reply to  Milla

Can’t find it

Grft
Grft
6 months ago

It’s so fun how international fans are crazy about Dotter (she’s by far the favourite) and Sweden just doesn’t care about her lol. She’s also my absolute favourite and I think her song is miles ahead of the others. But I know she won’t win. Too bad for us cause she said it was her last attempt. She would have deserved so much to go to ESC. A fantastic artist and performer. But yeah we know that Sweden prefers rather generic male songs.

Adam
Adam
6 months ago

Im hoping Sweden learns its lesson from Benjamin Ingrosso and realise Eric Saade will not do as well at ESC as it does in Melfest. It’s a decent interval act for when Sweden hosts, but this is a competition and it’s just not competitive on an international scale to me. The Mamas & Dotter have been unfairly pit against last years songs when most ESC viewers won’t have even heard Move or Bulletproof. My Melfest winner – Clara My winner for ESC – The Mamas My Prediction for the win – Tusse (High/Average score in both so will sneak the… Read more »

Sara-Stina
Sara-Stina
6 months ago
Reply to  Adam

While I really hope Eric doesn’t win, you could just as well compare his act to Robin Bengtsson or Måns Zelmerlöw, suggesting he easily could be top 5. I don’t like the song personally but fans seem to forget that most of the polished pop songs from Sweden has gotten top 10 in the televotes. Benjamin Ingrosso is like the only exception to that the last few years.

sam
sam
6 months ago
Reply to  Adam

eric would be a contender to win the entire contest… with sweden’s already solid 200 (or so) jury points plus the televotes eric saade would definitely receive, there’s no doubt in my mind they’d place top 5

Felix
Felix
6 months ago

My personal picks are Clara and Danny. I love Dotter and I loved Bulletproof but I just don’t vibe with Little Tot. She’s got that sort of “singing in cursive” thing going on and I’m not really a big fan, though I understand that it’s definitely the fan favourite!

Héctor
Héctor
6 months ago

Interesting how none of you placed Tusse first and just one (I think) placed it 2nd…

nycforever
nycforever
6 months ago
Reply to  Héctor

Because it’s hard to place Tusse first when there is a huge variety of better songs: Dotter, Eric, Mamas, Clara and even Danny and Anton, in my opinion

Last edited 6 months ago by nycforever
EscIL
EscIL
6 months ago
Reply to  Héctor

I place him 1st and I believe that this song can win in Rotterdam, especially when there are no real good songs this year

John Welsh
John Welsh
6 months ago

Dotter and Tusse are totally over rated for me. I really think the Mamas deserve their chance to represent Sweden.

Roy Moreno
Roy Moreno
6 months ago

I do have a feeling it’s going to be Dotter this year but I’m preparing to see another act winning
I want either Dotter or The Mamas to win, not any other act
Whoever wins though, I wish them the best of luck at the contest 🙂

Last edited 6 months ago by Roy Moreno
Coco
Coco
6 months ago

Many songs can win ESC, but Russia screams winner. It deserves this year, I give them that.

kir
kir
6 months ago
Reply to  Coco

Russia just screams, honey

Coco
Coco
6 months ago
Reply to  kir

All right, I expected downvotes, especially at a topic about another country. I’m the least fan of Russia politically, but this year song is really progressive.

Someone11
Someone11
6 months ago
Reply to  Coco

Screaming with the excuse of feminism, isn’t ACTUALLY feministic, stop falling for the hypes.

sam
sam
6 months ago
Reply to  Someone11

you do not know a single thing about manizha clearly

Kris
Kris
6 months ago
Reply to  kir

That was well done.

Jonny
Jonny
6 months ago
Reply to  Coco

Russia screams “No final, pls!”

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
6 months ago

Surprisingly, I’m not with Robyn with her #1!
Do love the rest of her top three though.

ESC Nils
ESC Nils
6 months ago

Little Tot is a bit overrated if you ask me… And people should not delude themselves too much Dotter is winning Melfest this year, cause she’s not. The song might be excellent as you want, but the streams, the odds and the juries are signs she will not make it to ESC.
This said, I am hoping another Andra Chansen qualifier wins for the first time since 2013, and that is Clara Klingenström.

Sara-Stina
Sara-Stina
6 months ago

Last night all acts performed for the international jury so half of the result is already set. Apparently lots of them had issues, including Dotter, Arvingarna, Danny, and The Mamas. So I’m a bit worried Dotter’s chances are hurt by this but hopefully not.

Marc
Marc
6 months ago
Reply to  Sara-Stina

Where does this info come from?

Amesc
Amesc
6 months ago
Reply to  Sara-Stina

I did see that Danny’s vocals were a little bit shaky and that Arvigarna had some stage issues. What happened to the rest??

nycforever
nycforever
6 months ago

I have already prepared myself to Tusse’s victory. I don’t want it so much. My favourite is Dotter. But, for me, Dotter not going to Rotterdam will not be as hurting as Tusse’s victory, because if she is not chosen, Eric or Mamas are also very good contenders. Eurovision 2021 is very weak and Tusse can be the last nail to the coffin of this year’s competition. Dotter (ideally), Eric or Mamas are those who could make this Eurovision a little bit more interesting and watchable. There are only 3-4 Eurovision songs that I actually can listen to.

Last edited 6 months ago by nycforever
Jake
Jake
6 months ago
Reply to  nycforever

Sorry but your just another person that says every year is weak, your ruin the contest for others who really like the year. Plz stop, if its barely watchable then you cant really be a fan

Whisker
Whisker
6 months ago

I don’t care about Sweden this year. However, I think Clara’s song is the best.

Kredential
Kredential
6 months ago

Unpopular opinion, this MF final is mediocre at best, and the quality of MF has been declining over time. A few years ago MF used to be so good I couldn’t choose a favourite song because there were so many good ones to choose from, this year I’m struggling to pick a favourite because nothing really stands out. Dotter is overrated af but her or Eric, Klara or Tusse should win.

mark dowd
mark dowd
6 months ago
Reply to  Kredential

accurate. Sweden hasn’t produced a stand out song since 2015. Televoters can spot mediocrity.

Rob
Rob
6 months ago

Although during the semi-finals I thought it was the worst Melodifestivalen in recent years, I do not think this is the case for the final. This year’s final is really amazing, with very strong and interesting entries. Most of them could win the competition in May. I hope Dotter wins! It is definitely the best act this year and it deserves it!

Please Sweden, vote for Dotter tonight! Make # Dotterdam2021 a reality!

Milla
Milla
6 months ago
Reply to  Rob

Press and many people in general here in Sweden call this the strongest final in a long time. Some fans are really dillusional. Or maybe the negative critique comes from those who started following Eurovision or Melodifestivalen in 2015 or something. Then they are rookies in this case.

the
the
6 months ago
Reply to  Milla

i love how the eurofans every year are so dissapointed in melfest. Like what do you guys want from sweden? a new loreen every year?

Zander25
Zander25
6 months ago

I’m for Dotter but if she won’t make it then it should be Clara atleast.

Vicehrabia
Vicehrabia
6 months ago

12 Danny Saucedo – “Dandi dansa”
10 The Mamas – “In the Middle”
8 Anton Ewald – “New Religion”
7 Dotter – “Little Tot”
6 Clara Klingenström – “Behöver inte dig idag”
So any of this top 5 is great. And this year doesn’t have obvious winner for me neither in MF nor in ESC.

Eliel
Eliel
6 months ago

Great songs, incredible that Malta and Azerbaijan decided to reveal their entries after Sweden, that will be a BIG let down if neither of those songs are winning material. I have my faith in Destiny since Efendi isn’t so liked anymore after those comments she said. Sad that some people don’t have heart! Good luck Sweden! It’s going to be a eventful night! 🙂

Stephanie
Stephanie
6 months ago

I think everything will depend on how the international juries are going to vote. Personally I like to see Clara Klingenstrom win

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
6 months ago
Reply to  Stephanie

Agreed I feel like Clara could be a black horse but the international juries are definitely a stone to her feet.

Tibor
Tibor
6 months ago

I’m really struggling to understand how “the most excellent popsong of the whole 2021 season (…) may not be a winner”. Regardless of what I personally think of the song, that’s a flawed logic if I ever saw one, isn’t it? Is the reasoning behind this that popsongs, however excellent they may be, never win Eurovision?

Jimmy Smit
Jimmy Smit
6 months ago
Reply to  Tibor

It’s probably a Brechtian view…”the material is right, the audience is wrong!”

Last edited 6 months ago by Jimmy Smit
Davo
Davo
6 months ago

Semi final 1 is ridiculously competitive. If Sweden sends Little Tot, which is an ordinary song with silly lyrics, they risk not qualifying. Yes Dotter should have won last year but that’s not a good enough reason to send her this year. Eric Saade’s song is musically much more interesting, although the lyrics aren’t very strong, but it would definitely qualify for the final. I have a lot of affection for Charlotte Perrilli’s song which is a total earworm. But I remain in Team Eric.

Dimos
Dimos
6 months ago
Reply to  Davo

I actually think that Semi-Final 1 is much weaker than Semi-Final 2

Kosey
Kosey
6 months ago

Really looking forward to tonight’s final, I think it will be a really good show.

My favourite is Dotter. The song is dark, anthemic and prescient. I am excited to see what the changes to the staging do to the overall feel of the song. I think it is the best choice for an international audience.

My other favourites are Alvaro (I will never turn down a good party track) and Clara (the song has a great melody). I also have a soft spot for Paul, Klara and The Mamas.

Looking forward to a good show!

Robert
Robert
6 months ago

Since I saw Eric it made an impact and as a whole performance I think it could win.. The Mamas deserve it the most and Dotter probably should go getting a good result.. Tusse has grown on me a lot and is constantly in my head.. Hard choice but my guess is still Eric Saade because of the catchy song and the whole package..

EurovisionBenny_AUT
EurovisionBenny_AUT
6 months ago

Melodifestivalen 2021 final ranking of the Wiwi jury (1st place of each juror gets 5 points, …, 5th place gets 1 point): 1st: “Little Tot” – 30 points 2nd: “Behöver inte dig idag” – 22 points 3rd: “Every Minute” – 16 points 4th: “In the Middle” – 15 points =5th: “Voices” – 12 points =5th: “Dandi dansa” – 12 points 7th: “New Religion” – 9 points 8th: “The Missing Piece” – 7 points =9th: “Still Young” – 4 points =9th: “Tänker inte alls gå hem” – 4 points 11th: “Baila Baila” – 3 points 12th: “Beat of Broken Hearts” –… Read more »

James
James
6 months ago

Clara with a C and Dotter making up the majority of the Wiwijury’s top faves? Me likey!

notyourtoy
notyourtoy
6 months ago

Am I the only one Who thinks that it will be again a battle between Dotter and The Mamas? That will be interesting

Miloš
Miloš
6 months ago

I know that Wiwi Jury is not a representative sample but with this much Little Tot in a first place I am really wondering who international jury will vote for!

Dave
Dave
6 months ago

YASSS WIWI JURIES HAVE TASTE WITH LITTLE TOT ON TOP

Milla
Milla
6 months ago
Reply to  Dave

It’s sad because I don’t think she will win. Unless she gets massive support from the juries..