ERR has launched a public search for the new Head of Eesti Laul, the countries selection process for the Eurovision Song Contest.
From now until May 14, ERR is inviting applicants to apply to be the new Head of Eesti Laul. ERR is looking for a person who is well placed within both the Estonian and foreign musical landscape and wants to push Eesti Laul to new heights.
Applicants must have experience of television production and team management, is able to create budgets and stay in them, and has excellent communication capabilities. CV and cover letter with a vision of the future of the project must be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org by May 14.
Eesti Laul has been headed by Mart Normet since it was launched in 2009. Last year he announced that this would be the last year in which he would run Eesti Laul and be the Estonian Head of Delegation at the Eurovision Song Contest. When announcing his decision to retire from the role he stated that he’d reached a position of knowing everything about Eesti Laul and that it was at this point he wanted to stop. He did however not rule out returning to the role in five years time.
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 nine attempts.