Swedish broadcaster SVT has revealed that comedian Clara Henry and singer David Lindgren, and country music legend Hasse Andersson will host Melodifestivalen 2017. The announcement was made in a live stream this morning.

Clara Henry is a popular vlogger, comedian, television host and author, with over 415,ooo subscribers to her YouTube channel. She has been involved with many shows on SVT and Sveriges Radio. Known for her frank humour, in 2015, she published the book I’ve Got My Period, So What?

David Lindgren is a Swedish singer, known for his Melodifestivalen participation and for his many roles in musical theatre. He most recently appeared in a Swedish production of Jersey Boys.

Hasse Andersson is a legend of Swedish country music, with a career spanning over 35 years. He is a well loved figure in Sweden, and made his Melfest debut in 2015.

Going with Melodifestivalen tradition of seldom repeating presenters, this is the first time either of the trio have presented the show — but all have previous involvement with Melodifestivalen.

In 2014, Clara presented the pre-show interviews and after-show chat. David has competed in Melfest three times – in 2012 with “Shout It Out”, in 2013 with “Skyline” and in 2016 with “We Are Your Tomorrow”. Hasse made his Melfest debut in 2015, with the surprise hit “Guld och gröna skogar”, which placed fourth.

It’s a big change from the seven hosts that presented Melodifestivalen 2016. 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 and 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.

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

What do you think of the new Melodifestivalen hosts? Has SVT made the right choice? Share your thoughts below.

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Álex, from Spain
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Álex, from Spain

Charming hosts! ^^

MarioMario
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MarioMario

David Lindgren has done his best to appear every year at the MelFest.

Jamaraqueer
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Jamaraqueer

Hasse gonna be HILAR

cheesecake
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cheesecake

Not a fan of David, but well.

melfest hey
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melfest hey

I feel like it’s going to be really friendly but not too cheeky, love david’s songs!

Denis
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Denis

David Lindgren? From what I’ve seen of his hosting it was plastic. Let’s put him as closer to Danny Saucedo hosting than anything else.
Clara Henry is fun and can host, and Hasse will be interesting!
With this move now SVT has covered all groups: Clara and teens, David and families and Hasse and the seniors! Good move!

MTD
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MTD

They are OK. But no one like Gina Dirawi & Dawn Finner. 😛

mocosuburbian
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mocosuburbian

hasse andersson?
uhhhhh okay all i remember about him was that he wronged kristin amparo in andra chansen
idk if he can really host the entire contest

oooops
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oooops

I have seen David Lindgren hosting a kids show, and it felt a little plastic… But Clara Henry is still great and Hasse… I have never seen him as a host, so that will be the most interesting part!

Xeph
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Xeph

Oh no..

Anouska
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Anouska

I’m a huge fan of Clara Henry. Very excited to see her get this opportunity.

elad
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elad

Great hosts
every one of them is nice,know his work
and they all done amazing things before
they will probably be the best melodifestivalen hosts
from the ones that selected in the last 10 years