WORTH A LOOK?: *****
Dotter, real name Johanna Maria Jansson, has written 2 of the most impressive singles of the last 12 months bringing to mind Florence and the Machine with Bulletproof and now Robyn.
- Read on for reasons including why we need Dotter’s debut album – and now
Bulletproof lost Melodifestivalen 2020 by 1 point to Move by The Mamas and on Saturday (13 March 2021) Dotter competes once again in the finalen with this song she has co-written with Dino Medanhodzic.
‘Little Tot’ was Dotter’s nickname when younger and the chorus appears to be a passing on of the inter-generational wisdom that young people should continue to seek to strive to change and improve the society in which they live.
The chorus’ pay-off line ‘You don’t wanna be like us’ feels apt given Dotter’s country of birth is Sweden, home to environmental campaigner Greta Thunberg, also daughter of Sweden’s 2009 Eurovision Song Contest entrant Malena Ernman.
Dotter has either appeared or co-written entries in each of the last 5 Melodifestivalens: in 2017 she-co-wrote A Million Years for Mariette which placed 4th, in 2018 Cry didn’t progress from its heat, in 2019 Victorious finished 11th for Lina Hedlund and she performed Bulletproof to 2nd in 2020.
She’s exactly the kind of artist we’d love to win Melodifestivalen for its credibility not least because its the last year of involvement by super producer Christer Björkman.
But we’d also like Dotter to win because it would guarantee the release of her debut album, a collection we can’t wait to hear.