Swedish broadcaster SVT has revealed that former Alcazar singer Lina Hedlund, jazz/pop singer Linnea Henriksson and comedian David Sundin will host Melodifestivalen 2020. The surprise announcement was made via an Instagram video this morning.
Lina Hedlund is no stranger to Melodifestivalen, having competed six times previously. She made her Mello debut as a duo with her sister Hanna but is perhaps best known for her three entries as part of the disco trio Alcazar. Lina has also competed solo and made it to the grand final earlier this year with her song “Victorious”.
Linnea Henriksson came to fame in 2010 when she placed fourth on Swedish Idol. She’s since gone on to establish a pop career and also sings in the jazz band Prylf. In 2018 she performed the Melfest semi-final three interval act, “Mamma är lik sin mamma”. Last year Linna was one of the acts on Så mycket bättre — where established artists cover each other’s songs.
David Sundin is a comedian, television host and comedy writer. He has previously been involved as the scriptwriter for Melodifestivalen 2015 and 2016.
While David Lindgren hosted solo in 2018, the 2020 team seems to be taking a cue from the foursome who hosted in 2019. Melfest legend Sarah Dawn Finer, Eurovision star Eric Saade and comedians Kodjo Akolor and Marika Carlsson hosted earlier this year and proved popular with audiences.
This is the earliest the hosts have been announced in recent years. The announcement has previously been made in late September or October, however in 2018, Melfest fans had to wait until November to have David Lindgren confirmed as the solo host.
The dates and locations of the Melodifestivalen 2020 tour were announced last week. The tour will begin in Linköping on 1 September, before travelling to Gothenburg, Luleå, Malmö, Eskilstuna for the andra chansen round, and finally Friends Arena in Stockholm for the grand final on 7 March.
Last month, P4 Nästa finalist Amanda Aasa was confirmed as the first act for Melodifestivalen 2020, after winning the wildcard entry.
Entries for Melodifestivalen 2020 are now open and will close in just under two weeks time, on September 15. It is expected that the competing acts for 2020 will be announced sometime in November.
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