ESTONIA – Estonian Head of Delegation and Executive Producer of Eesti Laul Mart Normet has today announced that he will step down from his roles after this year’s Eurovision Song Contest.
He released the following statement:
“We’ve had 10 years of constant growth and transformed what was merely a Eurovision selection tool into the most important pop music event in Estonia. I am so proud of the work that we’ve achieved here, but after so long at the top, it’s time for some fresh blood. Progress and innovation is born out of charting unknown territory and I am starting to feel like I know all the answers. In environments as dynamic as music and television this can only slow down progress. So after Portugal I will step down as Estonian Head of Delegation and Executive Producer of Eesti Laul. It’s important for me to leave while we’re still at the top of our game to allow someone new to come in and make their mark on what we’ve created. I’ve not decided what is coming next for me, but I can’t wait to see what comes next. Unless we win Eurovision this year, in which case I am definitely doing Eurovision in Tallinn!”
Mart Normet was appointed Head of Entertainment at Estonian public broadcaster ERR in late spring 2008 and became the HoD and Executive Producer of the first Eesti Laul competition in autumn the same year.