Sweden: Marika Carlsson to host Melodifestivalen 2019?

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Will the rumours be confirmed? Right after the end of each year’s Eurovision, preparations for the next edition of the Sweden’s Melodifestivalen, are already underway. Now it’s mid-October and we’re slowly approaching the revelation of the hosts that will be travelling with us around Sweden between February and March. Regarding this, the rumour mill is in full motion…

According to reports from the Swedish tabloid newspaper Aftonbladet, the famous comedian of the Scandinavian country Marika Carlsson is going to be one the hosts of Melodifestivalen 2019. The newspaper argues that this is now sure, as all contracts have been signed.

Who is Marika Carlsson?

Ethiopian-born Marika Carlsson is a standup comedian and TV-personality. She was adopted by a Swedish family at age 2 and grew up in Sweden’s Skåne province.

She studied theatre and acting in Gothenburg, but later moved to Stockholm, where she launched her career as a stand-up comedy actress. In 2006, she was awarded the prize for best female standup comedian at the annual Swedish comedy awards.

She has been featured at several Swedish TV-shows, but she is best known for her participation at the satirical panel gameshow Parlamentet, which parodies Swedish political debate. The show airs on TV4.

Further details reported

However, Carlsson will not be the only main host for the show, as was the case last year with David Lindgren. Aftonbladet reports that she is expected to be joined by other two or three hosts, the names of which will be announced through a press conference in due time.

Moreover, Aftonbladet confirms three more involvements: Edward of Sillén will be back in the game! The acclaimed director and screenwriter in next year’s Melodifestivalen is confirmed, this time as a creative consultant.

As probably expected, Christer Björkman is going to be the event’s producer for yet another year, while Henric von Zweigbergk will be responsible as the content producer.

Sweden at Eurovision 2018

In 2018, Sweden participated at Eurovision in Lisbon, with the Melodifestivalen 2018 winner Benjamin Ingrosso and his pop dance entry Dance you off. He progressed to the Grand Final, where he placed 7th, with a total of 274 points. This was Sweden’s 5th Top 10 placing in a row, and their 7th during the current decade.