Sweden: Welcome Your “Melodifestivalen 2023” Hosts

SVT confirmed: Jesper Rönndahl and Farah Abadi will host “Melodifestivalen 2023“.
As always, “Melodifestivalen” will be used as a mechanism to select an artist and a song for Sweden at Eurovision.

Farah Abadi

The 34 year old TV presenter is well known to Swedish viewers.
She has hosted different radio and TV shows since 2012.
During the Eurovision Song Contest 2016, Abadi was a reporter for a Swedish preview show called Studio Eurovision.
In 2022, she co-hosted “Melodifestivalen 2022″, alongside the main host Oscar Zia.
Her main role was following the artists along the course of the event.

 Farah Abadi said:

“It feels so incredibly fun to be a part of the Melody Festival again. And to think that I get funny, sharp and wonderful Jesper Rönndahl by my side – what an honor”

Jesper Rönndahl

Jesper Rönndahl is a 43 year old TV presenter, comedian and radio personality.
He began his standup career back in 2006.
In 2010, he won the award for best newcomer at the Swedish Stand-up Awards.
From 2018-2019, he was the presenter of the satirical program “Svenska nyheter”

Jesper Rönndahl reacted:

This is the biggest TV program I’ve ever done and it’s of course exciting. I don’t exactly distinguish myself as a music guy, so my role is probably more to keep track of everything – and to have fun. In any case, it feels extremely safe, happy and fun to have Farah by my side

Melodifestivalen 2023 – Known Details

2,824 different songs were submitted via the open path.
This is the highest number of submissions in the last 10 years of the festival!

The expected dates and locations of the national selection are:

  • Semi-Final 1 – 4th of February 2023, will be held in Gothenburg.
  • Semi-Final 2 – 11th of February 2023, will be held in Linköping.
  • Semi-Final 3 – 18th of February 2023, will be held in Lidköping.
  • Semi-Final 4 – 25th of February 2023, will be held in Malmö.
  • Semi-Final 5 – 4th of March 2023, will be held in Örnsköldsvik.
  • The Grand Final – 11th of March 2023, will be held in Stockholm.

Tickets for the different shows will be available for purchase on the 1st of November 2022.
Tickets for “Melodifestivalen 2022” (on the original arenes) that weren’t fulfilled will be available to use for the “Melodifestivalen 2023”.

Cornelia Jakobs represented Sweden at Eurovision 2022, with the song “Hold Me Closer“.
She finished in 4th place in the final:

Doron Lahav is 30-year-old, who lives in Israel. Doron has been watching the Eurovision Song Contest since early 2000s. Doron works as a Data Scientist and shows interest in singing and writing.

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