Everybody (Tanel Padar and Dave Benton song)

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Tanel Padar & Dave Benton - Everybody.jpg
Single by Tanel Padar and Dave Benton
Composer(s)Ivar Must
Lyricist(s)Maian-Anna Kärmas
Eurovision Song Contest 2001 entry
Finals performance
Final result
Final points
Entry chronology
◄ "Once in a Lifetime" (2000)
"Runaway" (2002) ►

"Everybody" was the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 2001, performed in English by Tanel Padar and Dave Benton, along with 2XL, for Estonia. It was the first victory by one of the countries that debuted in the contest in the 1990s after the fall of the Iron Curtain.


The song was performed twentieth on the night, following Germany's Michelle with "Wer Liebe lebt" and preceding Malta's Fabrizio Faniello with "Another Summer Night". At the close of voting, it had received 198 points (12 from Greece, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Slovenia, Turkey and the United Kingdom), with the win coming at the head of a 23-song field.

Tanel had previously provided backing vocals for Estonia's 2000 entry, sung by Eda-Ines Etti, his then girlfriend. Tanel and Dave were supported by a backing group of four, 2XL: Lauri Pihlap, Kaido Põldma, Sergei Morgun and Indrek Soom.

The song was followed as Estonian representative at the 2002 contest, held in the Estonian capital of Tallinn, by Sahlene with "Runaway".


Lyrically, the song is simply an invitation to party, with the duo singing that "every night's a Friday night". The song is famous for two major reasons: Benton is the oldest contestant to win the grand prize as well as the first Black contestant to do so. Maarja-Liis Ilus has recorded a cover version.

Track listings[edit]

CD single[1]
  1. "Everybody" (Original Version) – 2:56
  2. "Everybody" (Instrumental) – 2:56
CD Maxi-single[2]
  1. "Everybody" (Original Version) – 3:00
  2. "Everybody" (Pierre J's Radio Mix) – 3:39
  3. "Everybody" (Pierre J's Club Mix) – 7:06
  4. "Everybody" (Instrumental) – 2:57


Chart (2001) Peak
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[3] 3
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[4] 14
Germany (Official German Charts)[5] 99
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[6] 64
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[7] 12
Preceded by Eurovision Song Contest winners
Succeeded by


  1. ^ "Tanel Padar & Dave Benton – Everybody (2001, Cardboard sleeve, CD)". Retrieved 26 May 2021 – via www.discogs.com.
  2. ^ "Tanel Padar & Dave Benton – Everybody (2001, CD)". Retrieved 26 May 2021 – via www.discogs.com.
  3. ^ "Tanel Padar & Dave Benton – Everybody" (in Dutch). Ultratip.
  4. ^ "Tanel Padar & Dave Benton – Everybody" (in French). Ultratip.
  5. ^ "Tanel Padar & Dave Benton – Everybody" (in German). GfK Entertainment charts. Retrieved 22 May 2019.
  6. ^ "Tanel Padar & Dave Benton – Everybody" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  7. ^ "Tanel Padar & Dave Benton – Everybody". Singles Top 100.