Melodifestivalen 2019 Has Announced Eric Saade, Marika Carlsson, Kodjo Akolor, And Sarah Dawn Finer As Hosts

The hosts of the Swedish national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest, Melodifestivalen, announced their hosts for their 59th edition of the show. The winner of the contest in 2019 will go on to represent Sweden at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. They announced four hosts, who are Eric Saade, Marika Carlsson, Kodjo Akolor, and Sarah Dawn Finer.

This is unsurprising that they have announced new hosts for the 2019 Melodifestivalen, as year-on-year from 2009 they have changed the hosts, since both 2007 and 2008 were solely presented by Kristian Luuk, then Petra Mede stepped in to present by herself in 2009. Then in 2010, three hosts were chosen who were Måns Zelmerlöw, Christine Meltzer, and Dolph Lundgren. 2011 saw two hosts, Rickard Olsson and Marie Serneholt; whereas 2012 saw three hosts again who were Gina Dirawi, Sarah Dawn Finer, and Helena Bergström. Gina Dirawi returned for 2013 alongside Danny Saucedo. She did not return for 2014 or 2015, both had two hosts who were Nour El-Refai & Anders Jansson and Sanna Nielsen & Robin Paulsson, respectively. In 2016, Gina Dirawi did return as a host for all the shows, whilst various hosts were chosen for various stages of the competition who were Petra Mede, Henrik Schyffert, Sarah Dawn Finer, Ola Salo, Peter Jöback, and William Spetz. 2017 saw three hosts who were Clara Henry, David Lindgren, and Hasse Andersson; whilst 2018 saw David Lindgren host by himself with his sidekick Fab Freddie who’s real name is Fredrik Svensson. Now for the first time ever, four hosts have been selected including Sarah Dawn Finer who last presented the show in 2016.

So, we know you’re all wondering who these presenters are, but before we get into that, we have to let you know that it has also previously been announced that Edward af Sillén has come on board as a creative consultant as Melodifestivalen 2018 suffered low ratings.

Who Are The Presenters Of Melodifestivalen 2019?

Eric Saade

Best known for representing Sweden at the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 with the song “Popular” where he came third, he later presented the green room during the Eurovision Song Contest 2013, after Loreen won in 2012, whilst Petra Mede presented the main show – he infamously called her a “#MILF”. Since then, he’s been building his music career, which included him returning to Melodifestivalen in 2015 with “Sting”, finishing in fifth place. Just a week ago, he released his new single “Så jävla fel”, and dropped the music video a couple of days ago.

Marika Carlsson

She is a household name in Sweden becoming a very popular comedian. She’s probably best known from the popular panel game show Parlamentet which parodies Swedish political debate. She has presented in a variety of shows, including televised coverage of the 2010 National Day of Sweden. She even won an award in 2006 for Best Female Comedian at the annual Swedish Comedy Awards.

Kodjo Akolor

Another comedian, this presenter is best known for co-hosting Talang (which is Sweden’s Got Talent). He is also known for being a radio personality, co-hosting the popular P3 show Morgonpasset. He also featured on Parlamentet and has been a regular host of the annual fundraising telethon Musikhjälpen.

Sarah Dawn Finer

You may or may not recognise this face as she is best known for her comedy character Lynda Woodruff who was an interval act during the Eurovision Song Contest 2016, it is unknown whether Lynda Woodruff will appear during Melodifestivalen 2019. For those of you who are dedicated Melodifestival fans, you’ll recognise her from when she presented in 2012 and 2016, and even might recognise her when she entered as a contestant in 2007 where she sang “I Remember Love”, coming fourth – the song later became a successful hit in Sweden. In 2009, she returned with “Moving On”, coming in sixth place. She’s had a successful music career in her home country, and has presented a few other shows including being one of three hosts for Musikhjäpen in December 2013.

So that’s all the presenters for Melodifestivalen 2019, and it looks like they’ve got four great hosts that will certainly give us one great show. We can’t wait for the contestants to be revealed, we were hoping for Eric Saade, but we’ll settle for him to be an interval act – we can only hope since we simply adore “Så jävla fel”.

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Written by Jonathan Currinn

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