Mart Normet has revealed that this years Eesti Laul and Eurovision Song Contest will be his last in charge at ERR.
Mart Normet revealed this morning on Hommik Anuga that Eesti Laul 2018 will be his last in charge of the show. This year will also be the last time that he will be the Head of Delegation for Estonia at the Eurovision Song Contest. Mr Normet has been in charge of the Estonian selection process for ten years and commented that;
It’s time to move on and give someone this opportunity. I came here ten years ago, maybe someone ten years younger will be able to introduce this new energy here, and to see things in a different way,
Mr Normet has not worked out what the next big project will be for him, but that he is looking forward to seeing what the future brings, whether that be at ERR or another broadcaster.
ERR board member, Riina Rõõmus spoke about Mart Normet’s role in the Estonian music industry, adding;
I remember well how Eesti Laul was born from the idea of Heidy Purga. The whole concept was on one A4 page, supported by the steadfast beliefs and enormous enthusiasm of the organizers. This has grown to a great extent thanks to Mart it’s highlight of the Estonian pop music year.
Estonia in the Eurovision Song Contest
Estonia debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1994 alongside six other countries. At the contest in Dublin they were represented by Silvi Vrait, who finished 2nd last scoring just 2 points. In 2001 Estonia won the Eurovision Song Contest for the only time to date. They were represented by Tanel Padar, Dave Benton & 2XL, who performed the song “Everybody” and took a surprise victory in Copenhagen. After the success of the late-90s and early 00s, Estonia failed to qualify for the final from 2004-2008. In 2009 Estonia launched a new selection show, Eesti Laul, and has since qualified for the final five out of eight attempts.