🇸🇪 Farah Abadi and Jesper Rönndahl to host Melodifestivalen 2023

🇸🇪 Farah Abadi and Jesper Rönndahl to host Melodifestivalen 2023

It is official, through a press conference today, SVT has revealed that Farah Abadi and Jesper Rönndahl will be the hosts of Melodifestivalen 2023, which is set to begin on February 4, 2023.

A duo to host next year’s shows

This year a duo will be hosting the shows, after Oscar Zia taking the helm in 2022. Farah will be one of the main hosts, after being the off-stage host via the post cards of the competing entries as well as covering the backstage and green room in the final. Upon the reveal, Farah had the following to say.

It feels so incredibly fun to be part of Melodifestivalen again.  And think that I will have funny, sharp and wonderful Jesper Rönndahl by my side – what an honor.  The fact that the whole of Sweden’s party is also rolling out on tour again makes me a little extra expectant.  This will be super fun

Jesper mentions that Melodifestivalen will be the biggest show he’s undertaken and is looking forward to working with Farah.

This is the biggest TV show I’ve done, and of course it’s thrilling.  I haven’t exactly distinguished myself as a music guy, so my role is probably more to keep track of everything – and to be funny.  Or, I think they have thought anyway?  In any case, it feels incredibly safe and happy and fun to be allowed to have Farah by my side

Melodifestivalen’s new project manager Anders Wistbacka had the following to say upon Farah and Jesper’s appointment as next year’s hosts.

As a new project manager for Melodifestivalen, it is wonderful to start with two fantastic presenters.  Farah has done it before and will create great security with her warmth and commitment. Jesper will add humor with his special glimpse and subtle personality.  I hope viewers look forward to this hosting duo as much as I do!

What we know about Melodifestivalen 2023

The shows for Melodifestivalen 2023 will take place as follows:

  • Heat 1 – February 4 –  Gothenburg – Scandinavium
  • Heat 2 – February 11 – Linköping – Saab Arena
  • Heat 3 – February 18 – Lidköping – Sparbanken Arena
  • Heat 4 – February 25 – Malmö – Malmö Arena
  • Second Chance – March 4 – Örnsköldsvik – Hägglunds Arena
  • Final – March 11 – Stockholm – Friends Arena

Tickets for the Melodifestivalen 2023 shows will be released on November 1, 2022

Sweden’s Eurovision Journey

In 1958, Sweden made their debut in the Eurovision Song Contest, with Alice Babs representing them with the song “Lilla stjärna” which placed fourth. Since its debut, the Scandinavian nation has managed to win six times (1974, 1984, 1991, 1999, 2012, and 2015).

In 2022, Sweden was represented by Cornelia Jakobs, who won the 61st edition of the competition and competed with the song “Hold Me Closer”, which managed to qualify for the Grand Final and placed 4th with 438 points from the jury and televoters.

Are you excited about the hosting line-up? Will you be attending any of the Melodifestivalen shows next year? Let us know in the comments or on social media. Be sure to follow ‘That Eurovision Site’ on FacebookTwitter, InstagramTik-Tok as we prepare for Eurovision 2023!

News Source: SVT

Photo Credit: Janne Danielsson/SVT

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