The MF 2021 looks pretty good as a whole, but that it lacks a clear winner. Sure, we got the Mamas, but I was no fan of them this year. Dotter had a great song last year, but I still feel something lacking from her on stage. Danny won't win, cause swedes won't vote for a swedish song in the final (the only time for that would be JHF or some other nordic folk song). Eric might do well, but I think he won't go all the way this time. And the others just...no, if they don't shock with killer songs.
@A-lister well I wouldn't be surprised if The Mamas wins, but I do have a gutfeeling that SVT really don't want to send them to ESC this time and will try to give them a hard time winning, probably by giving them as bad of a song as possible...but I could be wrong of course. The problem I have with Dotter is not her performance per say, it is more her star quality. I felt that it was the only thing that was lacking for me to really support it, cause just looking solely on the song, then Bulletproof was probably the best song of all 28 last year. I doubt though that she could write an even better one this year and that will disappoint a few people I think.
I looked through the results and the last time we had a swedish song in the top 3, that wasn't sung by Jon Henrik Fjällgren, was Caroline Af Ugglas "Snälla Snälla" in 2009. Some has been close, like Samir & Viktors "Shuffla" in 2017 who ended 4th. Surely SVT has some part of the blame that the swedish songs selected often are pretty bad, but I don't think it is the whole truth though. Sweden is after all has one of the strongest english speaking population in the world and we get to learn it at young years already. We are just used to the english language in a way that I don't think not even the other nordic countries even come close too (maybe probably the Netherlands are the one in Europe that has a higher percentage of it). That means that both artists and music lovers, just listens and sings more to english songs than swedish ones. Surely it has changed a bit the last decade, with more and more swedish songs in the charts especially in genres like RnB and Hiphop, but it is still a long way to go before it is totally accepted by the general masses.
Also, after all, it is a competition and the Swedes that vote in Melodifestivalen finals do think about Eurovision a lot when they vote. Swedes are after all a pretty proud people, we don't want send whatever to the contest. It has to be firstly a song that we like, but also a song that doesn't let us down when the competition is held in May. We want something that will feel secure and stable, modern with a strong hook, sung by a performer that is very professional, but still conveys some sort of emotion. Our proudness when in comes to ESC is a strong advantage point (just look at the results, we are by far the most successful country in the contest during the 2010s), but it might also be seen as pretty boring and predictable (the pretty bad televoting results these last years may be a result of that). Sure I would like to see us experiment some more. I enjoyed a lot when we went for Malena Ernman in 2009, cause that was the most insane sounding song in swedish history, probably only beaten by Lasse Holm & Monica Thörnell in 1986 (check out that performance, it is unbelievable to think that has been a swedish entry!!!). And even if I never liked Frans song, I could see it as something slightly different and a bold move by us and I can accept it. Sending the Mamas a third time in a row is for me way too safe of a choice and I can totally see that get punished in a televote, if not the song is amazing, then sure, I can live with it. But I can wish sometimes that the swedish people would go for something weird and fun....that is why I in the end gave the most app votes to Anis Don Demina this year...cause it was the only song that actually gave me something when it all came to it in the 2020 final.