She’s a favourite of Melodifestivalen fans both inside and outside of Sweden, having narrowly missed out on the crown in 2020 — losing to the Mamas by just one point with her song “Bulletproof.”

And now Dotter, real name Johanna Jansson, is entering the contest for a fourth time with the song “It’s Hard to Write You a Love Song.”

Wiwiblogger Tobias saddled up to the 2020 runner-up to find out what her entry is all about.

“It’s about, like, the true story behind a love song,” she says. “Like how it really is to be in a relationship with someone. You’re not — how to explain it? — you don’t only show the good side of it. You’re more into how it really is. Even if you love someone really, really deep — sometimes it can be hard to write a song to that person because it’s not always super good. And that’s how it is. It doesn’t mean it’s a bad relationship. It’s just how a relationship is.”

So is it based on personal experience?

“I believe that everyone can relate to this, so yeah.”

Tobias tried to find out what genre the song occupies. Fans of “Bulletproof” will be very happy. 

“It’s more in the world of Bulletproof, but still it’s something totally new. But they are related in some way.”

She says the song is, in a way, taking her back to her roots through its “organic sound.”

Dotter can’t reveal too much about her staging, but says she’s given it a lot of thought. “I’ve had a vision since I wrote the song, for one year or more I’ve had this vision about what I want to do on stage. That’s actually why I wanted to compete with it ’cause I had this clear vision and it’s so much fun to do it on this kind of show.”

Dotter can’t describe the song in one word, so she gave us three: “bombastic, dramatic, dynamic.”

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Dawid
Dawid
2 months ago

Wasn’t she like, really pissed off after last time she participated? I’m surprised she’s competing again

Fondue
Fondue
2 months ago
Reply to  Dawid

Dotter wierd facial expressions during the Finals last time around was in part caused by physical pain. She first got sick and then a debilitating neck ache from all the the head banging.

She had to wear a cervical collar in the days leading up to the broadcast.
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Despicable Annie
Despicable Annie
2 months ago

It’ll never not be funny to me how Eurofans consider a masterpiece a generic and dated-on-arrival Sia-esque song that has lyrics like “just shoot me in the middle where my heart’s supposed to be”. The standards are this low.

Ari
Ari
2 months ago

Well… yeah. They are.

Regina Phalange
Regina Phalange
2 months ago

Still much better than all your faves

Claude
Claude
2 months ago

I love Dotter’s music! So excited to see what she’ll bring to the contest this time

BiCHOTA
BiCHOTA
2 months ago

The title is cheesy af but I’m sure she can pull something way better than what can be expected from that title

Filip
Filip
2 months ago

I’m not the biggest fan of the songtitle but i’m sure the song will be great and that Dotter will deliver 🙂

jercle
jercle
2 months ago

Someday, SVT might actually give us some new faces in MF…

Denis
Denis
2 months ago
Reply to  jercle

They just did…

GojoSatoru
GojoSatoru
2 months ago
Reply to  Denis

Yeah, about 50% of the contestants are new.

Wert
Wert
2 months ago

Worst song title one could possibly think of, the lyrical content is very flimsy in these Melodifestivalen entries usually.

Steven
Steven
2 months ago

Wheter someone likes them or not, Melo24 will be between Danny Saucedo and Markus&Martinus. Let usnall hope some great surprise happen and the ultimate winner end up being a singer no one saw as a potential winner prior to the songs realise.

Steven
Steven
2 months ago
Reply to  Steven

Let us all++

Bucket
Bucket
2 months ago
Reply to  Steven

I am rooting for Jaquline

NoMoreEscAddicted
NoMoreEscAddicted
2 months ago

Bombastic, tell me fantastic

Andy
Andy
2 months ago

Judging by the lineup , this year’s Melfest is the competition of runner-ups , fan favourites ( plus added some fun acts ) , all of this feels like a whole second chance edition. So , Dotter can win , M&M or Clara Klingenström can win idk

Jake
Jake
2 months ago

I love that she has a vision of how it should be staged. She’s thinking of the total package. I think most people won’t admit this but the success of bulletproof has as much to do with staging and performance vs the song itself. When the song was released no one really believed it had a chance to win until she stepped on stage and delivered that. Good luck to her. I still love Cry too.

Anna
Anna
2 months ago

Now light beams will come out of her west instead, and the stage will be the disco ball reflecting them.

Ari
Ari
2 months ago

I hope the song itself will still be good because honestly, the song title is truly terrible.

EuroSerg
EuroSerg
2 months ago

This sounds promising
But I am not keeping my hopes up because we know in Melodifestivalen anything is possibile.
However Dotter has been my favorite in 2020, then in 2021 so I am kind of sure that she will be again my winner next year but I am preparing myself that Sweden won’t let her win

Yeah
Yeah
2 months ago
Reply to  EuroSerg

This is her fourth (4) attempt, so she isn’t winning. SVT wants someone who is participating for the first or second time.

Sanna Nielsen is the only non-winner to win after multiple attempts in 2014 – out of luck. Loreen doesn’t count, as she was a previous winner SVT was pushing forward, because in 2017 her comeback failed.

Yeah
Yeah
2 months ago
Reply to  Yeah

*to add: good examples of “dying acts” are Mariette and Ace Wilder whose first two songs were still made competetive, while the entries after them were not meant to do that well at all. SVT has all of this written, and they push forward any act of their liking, usually one that is from the usual songwriters. No surprises here.

Ari
Ari
2 months ago
Reply to  Yeah

So true. In 2014, Sweden came dangerously close to sending something fresh with „Busy Doing Nothing“ to Eurovision. For once. That was it for Ace. No undoing for her. „Don’t Worry“ was meh. I liked „Wild Child“ a lot, though. Mariette is being used as a filler for quite some time now. It gets worse the longer you’ve been around. Linda Bengtzing is reduced to a secure last placer. Sonja Alden, Shirley Clamp…

Ari
Ari
2 months ago
Reply to  Ari

Perelli also became a total loser before Björkman intervened and saved her face a little bit with „Still Young“. Jessica Andersson was done wrong, though. I liked „Horizon“.

Miss Uncongeniality
Miss Uncongeniality
2 months ago
Reply to  Yeah

Well, not the only one… Lena Philipsson competed in Melodifestivalen 3 times as an artist and 2 as a song writer before winning Melo on her 6th attempt

Yeah
Yeah
2 months ago

Back in those days in 2004, tv wasn’t as written as it is these days. Kinda like in every “Amazing Race” episode, the last two pairs are seen almost coming to the final spot just about same time – even if there’s not that tight race.

These days running order and so on play a huge part on who is winning, and SVT is very well aware of that.

Karl
Karl
2 months ago

The bias this site has for Dotter is too obvious. Not a good look.

Bucket
Bucket
2 months ago
Reply to  Karl

As this is a blog not an official news site, they can have any bias they want and post whatever they want

Wawa
Wawa
2 months ago

Wtf is this song name? I’m scared it will be a strange troll entry, something like Alexander Rybak 2017

ECD534
ECD534
2 months ago
Reply to  Wawa

Alexander Rybak was 2018 + it wasn’t a troll entry. Ukraine 2007 was a troll entry.
But how do we define troll entry anyways? Hmm…

Denis
Denis
2 months ago
Reply to  ECD534

Rybak 2018 was more novelty act than troll.
But what is the difference between the two? It is so thin. Was Let 3 a novelty or troll act? Or both?