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
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