Everybody (Tanel Padar and Dave Benton song)

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"Everybody"
Tanel Padar & Dave Benton - Everybody.jpg
Single by Tanel Padar and Dave Benton
Released2001
GenrePop
Length3:00
LabelUniversal
Composer(s)Ivar Must
Lyricist(s)Maian-Anna Kärmas
Eurovision Song Contest 2001 entry
Country
Artist(s)
With
Language
Composer(s)
Lyricist(s)
Finals performance
Final result
1st
Final points
198
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. With this win, Estonia was the first former Soviet country to win the Eurovision Song Contest.

Background[edit]

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".

Content[edit]

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. The first of these is that Benton is the oldest contestant to win the grand prize. The second is that he is 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

Charts[edit]

Chart (2001) Peak
position
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
2001
Succeeded by

References[edit]

  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.