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!

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Alenn
Alenn
4 years ago

If they were to choose a comedy act, I’d like to see After Dark as presenters. That would be hilarious!

lily
lily
4 years ago

If Samir and Victor would host I would very seriously concider to never watch again! Sweden is trying (with måns, loreen & frans) to help this contest to get going. Why in the whole wide word would you not want that ? S & V is so much.. to much.. bad kitch!!

Jonas
Jonas
4 years ago

I like Samir & Victor, but I’m not sure they have the chops (or the gravitas) to handle the voting. Loveable as they are, I think they really are as dumb as they seem. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. 🙂

Asfdg.
Asfdg.
4 years ago

I’d love Ace to show, since I’m sure she won’t enter a song for next MF. She is funny and I adore her music.

Alenn
Alenn
4 years ago

I think Samir and Victor are too bland to be chosen as presenters. The only way they can catch people’s attention is to take their shirts and pants off again! 😉

Polegend Godgarina
Polegend Godgarina
4 years ago

Sarah Dawn Finer is both professional and hysterical. Anything else I need to say?

Pollaski
Pollaski
4 years ago

If I watch Melfest, I won’t understand a word since my Swedish is non existent, but after watching her host Eurovision, I’m almost positive Petra could read a warranty’s legal text and still come off interesting, so I vote for her.

Joey
Joey
4 years ago

PETRA MEDE FOREVER

Zack
Zack
4 years ago

Oh God no! I don’t think I could handle Samir and Viktor through all six shows. Let them compete again and I’ll only have to stomach them for only a fraction of three shows max! 😀

But who knows? Maybe them hosting could result in me actually liking them!

mocosuburbian
mocosuburbian
4 years ago

i strongly agree with samir+viktor 2k17 and will be up to watch their coronation at 5 am eastern time

o.p
o.p
4 years ago

Alexander “Tarzan” Skarsgård or Joel “Robocop” Kinnaman, or both, please.

Still
Still
4 years ago

anyone who isn’t Gina Dirawi or Sarah Dawn Finer will be a disappointment. So if the 2016 hosts are basically rumoured to be out of the running, I have a feeling I’m going to be disappointed.