This morning Swedish broadcaster revealed the hosts of Melodifestivalen. The show will be hosted by comedian Marika Carlsson, Eurovision 2011 singer Eric Saade, television personality Kodjo Akolor and entertainer Sarah Dawn Finer.
The hosts were introduced by Melodifestivalen competition producer Christer Björkman and new content producer Henric von Zweigbergk.
The 2019 lineup continues the Melodifestivalen tradition of mixing up the show hosts. In 2009 Petra Mede hosted the show on her own, but from 2010 to 2015 a number of duos and trios hosts, included Eurovision stars Måns Zelmerlöw and Sanna Nielsen, comedian Gina Dirawi, and action movie star Dolph Lundgren. In 2016, seven stars shared the hosting, while earlier this year David Lundgren did a Petra and hosted on his own.
Earlier in the year it was confirmed that veteran Melodifestivalen and Eurovision writer and director Edward af Sillén will be on board as a creative consultant. He has been brought on after the Melodifestivalen 2018 shows were criticised and suffered low ratings.
Marika Carlsson is a well-established Swedish comedian and won Best Female Standup Comedian at the 2006 Swedish Comedy Awards. As well as performing standup, she is a personality on Swedish television. She is particularly known as a regular panelist on the political comedy show Parlamentet.
Her most Melfest moment so far came in 2016, when she co-hosted the QX Gaygalan, an annual gala extravaganza celebrating Sweden’s LGBT community.
Eric Saade is best known for representing Sweden at Eurovision 2011, where his poptastic song “Popular” place third. He is also known for his Melodifestivalen 2010 entry “Manboy” and his recent hit “Wide Awake”.
Eric previously hosted the Green Room at Eurovision 2013, where he infamously referred to host Petra Mede as a “#MILF”.
Is a comedian and television personality. He has previously co-hosted Talang (Sweden’s Got Talent) and is a co-host of the popular P3 morning radio show Morgonpasset. He has also been a regular host of the annual fundraising telethon, Musikhjälpen. He’s also very good at impersonations.
Sarah Dawn Finer
Sarah Dawn Finer has co-hosted Melodifestivalen twice before. In 2012 she hosted alongside Gina Dirawi and Helena Bergström, and in 2016 she was part of the seven-person hosting line-up.
Sarah has competed as a singer in Melodifestivalen, and is also known for her comedy character, EBU spokesperson Lynda Woodruff. It is not known whether Woodruff will make an appearance at Melodifestivalen 2019.
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