It’s arguably the biggest national final of the year, and the Melodifestivalen magic comes one step closer with the announcement of the 2017 host. Swedish broadcaster SVT will reveal the host (or hosts!) of Melodifestivalen in a live stream on Friday morning.
The big reveal will be made on the morning of Friday 30 September, at 11:00 CET. You’ll be able to watch the announcement via the live stream at Melodifestivalen.
The news comes a lot earlier in the year than last year’s mid-November reveal. But for good reason — Melodifestivalen 2016 had not one but seven hosts, and that would have taken a lot more organising.
As part of the 15th anniversary celebrations of modern Melfest, each week, main host Gina Dirawi was joined by different co-hosts: Petra Mede, Henrik Schyffert, Sarah Dawn Finer, Ola Salo, Peter Jöback, William Spetz. Charlotte Perrelli had been signed on as another co-host, but had to withdraw due to a commercial conflict. She instead appeared as a guest performer.
But this year, things are back to a much simpler arrangement so we can expect just a couple of hosts.
Rumours are light, but we do know a couple of things: SVT doesn’t normally repeat hosts from year to year (2016 is the big exception), and they’re also fond of multitalented singer-presenters who have also competed in Melfest.
Looking at the list of the previous decade’s worth of hosts is probably a good indication of who isn’t hosting in 2017.
2007: Kristian Luuk
2008: Kristian Luuk
2009: Petra Mede
2010: Måns Zelmerlöw, Dolph Lundgren and Christine Meltzer
2011: Marie Serneholt and Rickard Olsson
2012: Sarah Dawn Finer, Helena Bergström and Gina Dirawi
2013: Gina Dirawi and Danny Saucedo
2014: Nour El Refai and Anders Jansson
2015: Robin Paulsson and Sanna Nielsen
2016: Gina Dirawi with Petra Mede, Henrik Schyffert, Sarah Dawn Finer, Peter Jöback, Ola Salo and William Spetz
Melodifestivalen 2017 will take place in February and early March 2017. The acts who will be competing next year are expected to be announced some time in November.
Melodifestivalen 2017 – dates and locations
- Semi-final 1: 4 February, Gothenburg, Scandinavium
- Semi-final 2: 11 February, Malmö, Malmö Arena
- Semi-final 3: 18 February , Växjö, Vida Arena
- Semi-final 4: 25 February, Skellefteå, Skellefteå Kraft Arena
- Andra chansen: 4 March, Linköping, SAAB Arena
- Grand final: 11 March, Stockholm, Friends Arena
Who would you like to see host Melodifestivalen 2017? Which former Melfest performers would make great hosts? Share your thoughts below!