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Marika Carlsson to co-host Melodifestivalen 2019?

Swedish media outlet Aftonbladet reveals that comedian Marika Carlsson is one of several names lined up to host Melodifestivalen 2019.

Marika Carlsson

As national final season draws nearer and the Melodifestivalen rumour mill starts buzzing, names are beginning to appear. Over the past week it was announced that some familiar names might be returning to perform next year. Now suggestions of who might host are emerging. Seen as the right fit for Sweden’s biggest television show, Marika Carlsson is the first name to be linked with hosting.

Speaking to Aftonbladet, a close source stated that Marika is “exactly what they’re looking for.” Thus indicating that she is SVT’s confirmed choice after plans for next year were formalised over the summer.

Certainly Marika is a popular TV personality and comedian in Sweden. First making her name on the comedy circuit and winning the award for Best Female Standup Comedian at the 2006 Swedish Comedy Awards. As a result Marika then branched into television. Later becoming a regular guest on satirical political debate show Parlamentet. In her early life Marika also trained in theatre and acting. Therefore she has all the skills and experience required of a potential host.

Multiple hosts?

Further to Marika’s announcement it has also been stated there could be 3 or 4 hosts in total. In addition Marika will not be leading the coverage solo. Thereby implying that all chosen hosts will be fronting the six Melodifestivalen shows together. Full details will be announced in the coming weeks. This marks a change from last year, which saw David Lindgren present all six shows solo. Along with green room assistance from Fredrik Svensson, otherwise known as ‘Fab Freddie’.

Who should join Marika Carlsson in hosting Melodifestivalen 2019? Let us know in the comments and on social media @ESCXTRA

Lisa Bird

My first Eurovision memory was watching 1994 as a hatchling. I've been tapping my talons to the bops and bangers from Europe and beyond ever since! I finally spread my wings to attending the contest in Lisbon 2018 and am now a regular at many events and national finals - especially my regular nest at Eesti Laul.

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