Swedish broadcaster SVT has today revealed that David Lindgren will be the host of Melodifestivalen 2018. The announcement was made today at a live-streamed presentation from Stockholm.
The announcement of David Lindgren comes as no surprise to Melodifestivalen fans. Earlier this month Swedish media shared a strong rumour that Lindgren had been selected to present Melfest 2018, following his successful run hosting in 2017 alongside vlogger Clara Henry and legend Hasse Andersson.
At the time there was talk of a potential cohost to share the stage. It was said that SVT had vetoed Christer Björkman’s first pick. The broadcaster reportedly did not consider the potential host — a comedian and actor — to be right for Melodifestivalen.
But now it has been decided that David is man enough to host the show all on his own. After sharing the load earlier this year with Clara Henry and Hasse Andersson, David will have a lot more work when he tackles it all on his own next year.
The last time Melodifestivalen was hosted by a single presenter was in 2009, when Petra Mede did the duty. She later went on to repeat the solo hosting gig when she single-handedly presented Eurovision 2013.
David Lindgren will host all six shows of Melodifestivalen 2018, including the grand final at Friends Arena on March 10.
David Lindgren first appeared at Melfest as a contestant in 2012, when he placed fourth with “Shout It Out”. He returned the following year with “Skyline”, which placed eighth. His third Melfest appearance was in 2016 when his song “We Are Your Tomorrow” placed 11th.
David Lindgren made his Melfest hosting debut last year, along with Clara Henry and Hasse Andersson. Lindgren blended both comedy and musical talent in his hosting, including his show-stopping medley of Melfest classics featuring his “dad bod”. He also licked Robin Bengtsson’s face.
The acts competing in Melodifestivalen 2018 are expected to be revealed by SVT later this month.
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