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Sweden: Farah Abadi and Jesper Rönndahl to Host Melodifestivalen 2023

Farah Abadi and Jesper Rönndahl have been announced as the hosts of Melodifestivalen 2023.

Farah Abadi and Jesper Rönndahl will host Melodifestivalen 2023. The news was revealed today at a press conference at SVT headquarters today.

Farah Abadi has been a presenter on Sveriges Radio for ten years and has also presented “1 mot Sverige” on SVT. Last year, she was the green room host for the semi-finals of Melodifestivalen and was a co-host in the final.

Farah commented on returning to Melodifestivalen:

“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.”

Jesper Rönndahl is a comedian and presenter. He is most known for being a regular contestant on “På spåret” from 2013 and 2018 and for hosting the satirical new show “Sveriges nyheter” between 2018 and 2019.

Jesper commented on his new role:

“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 that’s what they have in mind anyway? In any case, it feels incredibly safe and happy and fun to be allowed to have Farah by my side.”

Melodifestivalen 2023 will take place across six cities in Sweden. The dates and host cities for the shows are:

  • Semi-Final 1: February 4 – Gothenburg
  • Semi-Final 2: Feburary 11 – Linköping
  • Semi-Final 3: Feburary 18 – Lidköping
  • Semi-Final 4: February 25 – Malmö
  • Semi-Final 5: March 4 – Örnsköldsvik
  • Final: March 11 – Stockholm

These cities were due to host the Melodifestivalen 2022 shows before the cancellation of the tour due to concerns about the Omicron variant of Covid-19. Melodifestivalen 2022 was held between the Avicii Arena and the Friends Arena, both of which are located in Stockholm.

Cornelia Jakobs represented Sweden at the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 in Turin, Italy. She placed 4th in the final with “Hold Me Closer”, making it the best result for the nation since they won the competition in 2015.

Image source: SVT | Source: SVT / Eurovoix

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