Dave Benton

Dave Benton (born 31 January 1951, birth name Efrén Eugene Benita) is a pop musician from Aruba who lives in Estonia. He is one of the 2001 winners of the Eurovision Song Contest. At the age of 50 years and 101 days at the time of his victory, Benton is the oldest singer ever to win Eurovision.[1]

Dave Benton
Dave Benton
Dave Benton in 2009
Background information
Birth nameEfrén Eugene Benita
Born31 January 1951 (age 68)
Oranjestad, Aruba


Born Efrén Eugene Benita in 1951 on the Caribbean island of Aruba, he went to local schools. He was fluent in English, Spanish and Papiamento, the creole language of the island. He married and had a daughter. In his 20s, he separated from his wife and moved to the United States. As a drummer and a backing vocalist, he worked with The Drifters, Tom Jones, Billy Ocean, José Feliciano and The Platters.

While living in the Netherlands in the 1980s, he met his future wife Maris, an Estonian, on a cruise ship. They settled in Estonia in 1997 and have two daughters, Sissi and Lisa.

Benton has had a varied musical career in Northern European countries. He speaks eight languages: English, Spanish, Papiamento, Dutch, French, German, Portuguese, and Estonian. He performed in the German production of the musical City Lights, after which he was asked to replace Engelbert Humperdinck on his Australian tour.

Benton has released and produced quite a few albums already, one of which in his native tongue, Papiamento. He has had more of a career as a performing artist.

In 2001 he performed with budding Estonian rock singer Tanel Padar and boyband 2XL to win the Eurovision Song Contest 2001 with their song "Everybody".

Other information


  1. ^ O'Connor, John Kennedy. The Eurovision Song Contest - The Official Celebration. Carlton Books, 2015. ISBN 978-1-78097-638-9. Pages 32-33

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Denmark Olsen Brothers
with "Fly on the Wings of Love"
Winner of the Eurovision Song Contest
(with Tanel Padar and 2XL)
Succeeded by
Latvia Marie N
with "I Wanna"
Preceded by
with "Once in a Lifetime"
Estonia in the Eurovision Song Contest
(with Tanel Padar and 2XL)
Succeeded by
with "Runaway"
Another Summer Night

"Another Summer Night" was the Maltese entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 2001, performed in English by Fabrizio Faniello.

The song is a moderately up-tempo number, with Faniello describing an idyllic summer night "by the ocean/Under the palm trees, you and I". He sings that this is "magic" and presents the scenario as a perfect way to be with his lover. In contrast to the fast tempo songs beginning to dominate the Contest by this point, the song is quite laid-back with an acoustic guitar (first introduced immediately after Faniello sings "A guitar in my hand") providing a melodic counterpoint.

The song was performed twenty-first on the night, following Estonia's Tanel Padar and Dave Benton with "Everybody" and preceding Greece's Antique with "Die For You". At the close of voting, it had received 48 points, placing 9th in a field of 23.

Despite the comparatively low placing, the song has become popular among Contest fans, with Faniello performing it as part of a medley at the Congratulations special in late 2005.

It was succeeded as Maltese representative at the 2002 contest by Ira Losco with "7th Wonder".

Eighties Coming Back

"Eighties Coming Back" was the Estonian entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 2003, performed in English by Ruffus.

The song was performed twenty-third on the night (following Belgium's Urban Trad with "Sanomi" and preceding Romania's Nicola with "Don't Break My Heart"). At the close of voting, it had received 14 points, placing 21st in a field of 26.

A cover version exists by Dave Benton.

It was succeeded as the Estonian representative by Neiokõsõ with "Tii".

Estonia in the Eurovision Song Contest

Estonia has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 24 times since making its debut in 1994. Its first appearance would have taken place in 1993, however a qualification round was installed for seven former Eastern bloc countries hoping to make their debut in the contest, with Estonia failing to qualify. Estonia has won the contest once, in 2001.

Estonia's first participation in 1994 was unsuccessful, finishing 24th (out of 25). Estonia went on to finish in the top eight in six out of seven contests (1996–2002), with Maarja-Liis Ilus and Ivo Linna fifth (1996), Maarja-Liis Ilus returning to finish eighth (1997), Evelin Samuel and Camille sixth (1999) and Ines fourth (2000), before Tanel Padar, Dave Benton & 2XL gave Estonia its first victory in 2001. This made Estonia the first former Soviet country to win the contest and the second eastern European country to win, after Yugoslavia in 1989. Sahlene then finished third for the hosts in Tallinn in 2002.

Since the introduction of the semi-final round in 2004, Estonia has failed to reach the final on nine occasions and has reached the top ten four times, with Urban Symphony sixth (2009), Ott Lepland sixth (2012), Elina Born and Stig Rästa seventh (2015) and Elina Nechayeva eighth (2018). Estonia's total of ten top ten results, is more than any other Baltic country.

Estonia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2001

Estonia was represented by Tanel Padar, Dave Benton and 2XL, with the song '"Everybody", at the 2001 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 12 May in Copenhagen. "Everybody" was chosen as the Estonian entry at the national final, Eurolaul, on 3 February.

"Everybody" went on to bring Estonia one of the most unexpected victories in Eurovision history. It is also historic for representing the first Eurovision victory by one of the "new" nations – the considerable number of countries which had joined Eurovision post-1992 – and also for Benton becoming the first (and to date only) black performer to win a Eurovision title.

Estonia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2007

Estonia chose its entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2007 during Eurolaul 2007 on 3 February 2007. The winner was Gerli Padar with "Partners in Crime", composed by Henrik Sal-Saller and written by Berit Veiber.

Eurovision Song Contest 2001

The Eurovision Song Contest 2001 was the 46th edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest. It took place in Copenhagen, Denmark, following the Olsen Brothers' win at the 2000 contest in Stockholm, Sweden with the song "Fly on the Wings of Love".

The hosting marked the second time the contest was held on Danish soil, after the 1964 contest - 37 years earlier.

23 countries took part in the contest, which was held on 12 May 2001. The host venue was the Parken Stadium - the largest venue to ever host the contest as of 2018. A total of 35,000 spectators saw the show live from within the stadium, breaking the record of 16,000 held by the previous year's hosts Sweden.The show was opened by the Olsen Brothers, with a snippet from their winning song "Fly on the Wings of Love", followed by their latest single "Walk Right Back", which was already a smash hit in Denmark at the time.

The presenters were Danish journalist and TV-show presenter Natasja Crone Back and the famous Danish actor Søren Pilmark who spoke most of their announcements in rhyming couplets.

France, Greece and Slovenia were the heavy favourites to win the contest; however, as the voting progressed it became a two-horse race between Estonia and the host country Denmark.

The contest was won by Estonia, represented by Tanel Padar, Dave Benton & 2XL with the song "Everybody", written by Ivar Must and Maian-Anna Karmas, which scored a total of 198 points. The host nation, Denmark, finished in 2nd place with 177 points - beaten by 21 points. Coming 3rd were Greece with 147 points - giving the country their best result up till this point. France came 4th with 142 points, and in 5th place were Sweden with 100 points.

Dave Benton, who was born and raised in Aruba, was the first black person and, at the age of 50 years and 101 days, the oldest contestant at the time to win the contest.

Eurovision Song Contest 2002

The Eurovision Song Contest 2002 was the 47th edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest. It took place in Tallinn, Estonia, following Tanel Padar, Dave Benton & 2XL's win at the 2001 contest in Copenhagen, Denmark with the song "Everybody".

There had been worries early in the proceedings whether Estonian broadcaster ETV would be able to fund the contest; however, worries were put to rest when a combination of fundraising activities and the Estonian Government enabled them to host the event. For the first time, a slogan (or theme) was implemented. This year's theme was called 'A Modern Fairytale', which was evident in the postcards shown between the songs, which showed classic fairytales ending in modern Estonian situations.The final took place on the 25 May 2002 at the Saku Suurhall. Opening the show were the reigning champions; Tanel Padar and Dave Benton, performing a shorter reprise of their winning entry. The hosts for the evening, Annely Peebo and Marko Matvere, gave a performance of "A Little Story in the Music", composed by Raimond Valgre and arranged especially for the event, during the commercial break between the songs from Sweden and Finland.The Contest was won by Latvia, represented by Marie N with the song "I Wanna", which scored a total of 176 points, beating the runner-up Malta by a tight margin of 12 points. The United Kingdom and host country Estonia shared 3rd place with 111 points each, while France finished in 5th place with 104 points.

Despite being one of the favourites to win the Contest, Denmark finished last with just 7 points and had to sit out of the following year's Contest.

Everybody (Tanel Padar and Dave Benton song)

"Everybody" was the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 2001, performed in English by Tanel Padar, Dave Benton and 2XL, representing Estonia. 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, with the win coming at the head of a 23-song field.

Estonia was the first Former Soviet Union country to win the Contest, with the second and third following shortly thereafter. 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".

Ivar Must

Ivar Must (born 7 May 1961 in Tallinn as Igor Tsõganov) is an Estonian composer and music producer. He composed "Everybody", which won the 2001 Eurovision Song Contest.

Leto svet

"Leto svet" was Estonia's entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 2008, performed by Hannes Võrno, Peeter Oja and Tarmo Leinatamm from the Estonian comedy group Kreisiraadio. "Leto svet" won the national Eurovision Song Contest final in Estonia (Eurolaul) on 2 February 2008; for a list of all national finalists, see Estonia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2008. Though being landslide winner, it created some controversy among Estonian and international Eurovision fans. The song did not make it past the first semi-final, being ranked 18th (out of 19 songs) with just 8 points (7 from Finland and 1 from Moldova).

Maian Kärmas

Maian Kärmas (born Maian-Anna Kärmas, 25 February 1978 in Tallinn) is an Estonian singer, songwriter, and journalist.

Kärmas had her debut as a soloist in 1995 at Kaks takti ette, a contest for debutant singers, organized by the Estonian Television. She got placed 2nd, losing only to Tiiu Tulp.

In 1998, Kärmas participated in Eurolaul, the Estonian national final for the Eurovision Song Contest, where she provided backing vocals for "Unistus igavesest päevast", sung by Evelin Samuel. The year after she did the same and also wrote lyrics for "Diamond of Night" that went on to represent Estonia at the Eurovision, held in Jerusalem. Kärmas has been a regular in Eurolaul ever since, for her varied skills either as a songwriter, sololist or backing singer.

In 2001, together with Ivar Must composed "Everybody", performed by Tanel Padar, Dave Benton and 2XL, which won the Eurovision Song Contest 2001 being the first victory of Estonia in the pageant. The same year she was cast in the Estonian original production of Les Misérables as factory girl, prostitute, beggar etc.

In 2003 she released her debut solo album Tuigutuled of self-penned material and toured Estonia with concerts. Õnneleid, the second solo album of hers was released in 2010 and Sõnalõimijad, her 3rd studio album in 2014.

Maian Kärmas is also a presenter and editor at the radio programmes of the Estonian National Broadcasting. It was revealed on 10 November 2017 that Kärmas had co-wrote the lyrics for a song that will compete in Eesti Laul 2018, the Estonian national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018, the song being Show A Little Love by Rolf Roosalu.In 2017, she was involved with the 12th Estonian Youth Song and Dance Celebration, XII noorte laulu- ja tantsupidu, as a script editor and composer/lyricist of the Dance Festival "I WIll Stay".

Never Ever Let You Go

"Never Ever Let You Go" was the Danish entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 2001, performed in English by Rollo & King.

The song was performed in Danish at the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix in 2001, titled "Der står et billede af dig på mit bord" ("There is a picture of you on my table").

The song was performed twenty-third (last) on the night, following Greece's Antique with "Die For You". At the close of voting, it had received 177 points, placing 2nd in a field of 23.

The song is from the perspective of a man who has lost his lover. He pleads with her to return and promises that he will "never ever let you go".

For much of the night, the song led the voting and gave Denmark high hopes of achieving the rare feat of winning the Contest in successive years (it eventually finished 21 points behind the Estonian winners, Tanel Padar and Dave Benton with "Everybody").

It was succeeded as Danish representative at the 2002 Contest by Malene with "Tell Me Who You Are".

Olsen Brothers

Olsen Brothers (Danish: Brødrene Olsen) are a Danish rock/pop music duo, formed by brothers Jørgen (born 15 March 1950) and "Noller" (Niels, born 13 April 1954) Olsen who won the Eurovision Song Contest in 2000. They formed their first band, The Kids, in 1965. The Kids warmed up for The Kinks in the K.B. Hallen in 1965 and released their first single in 1967.

Both Jørgen and Niels Olsen participated in the musical Hair in the Cirkusbygningen in Copenhagen March 1971, and went on tour afterwards through Denmark, Norway and Sweden.

The Olsen Brothers' first album was released in 1972. The Brothers have released 13 albums.Some of the biggest hit singles includes "Angelina" (1972),”For what we are”(1973) "Julie" (1977), "San Francisco" (1978), "Dans Dans Dans" (1979), "Marie, Marie" (1982) and "Neon Madonna" (1985),”wings of love”( 2000),we believe in love (2001),Look up Look down (2009 -performed with Sir Cliff Richard),Brothers to Brothers 2013.

The Olsen Brothers has sold aprox 3.200.000 albums,1.500.000 singles and around 2.700.000 combilations since the released single-record in 1967. Total 7.500.000 units.

The Brothers has a speciel two voice harmoni sound, which many fans,musicians and songwriters loves.

Among the “ fans” are Sir Cliff Richard and Bjoern Ulveus both calls the Olsen Brothers for “ The European Everly Brothers”.

Once in a Lifetime (Ines song)

"Once in a Lifetime" was the Estonian entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 2000, performed in English by Ines. It is an up-tempo number, with Ines singing about her need to take life by the horns as she is only seventeen once (she was in fact 18 at the time).

The song was performed fourth on the night (following the United Kingdom's Nicki French with "Don't Play That Song Again" and preceding France's Sofia Mestari with "On aura le ciel"). At the close of voting, it had received 98 points, placing 4th in a field of 24.

Prior the contest in Stockholm, Ines was a clear favourite and was predected to win hands down by numerous polls and votings.

Ines was supported on stage by 5 backing vocalists, Kaire Vilgats, Maiken, Jelena Juzvik, Pearu Paulus (one of the composers) and Tanel Padar, her boyfriend at the time.It was succeeded as Estonian representative at the 2001 Contest by Tanel Padar and Dave Benton with "Everybody".

Soul Militia

Soul Militia (known until 2002 as 2XL) is an Estonian hip-hop act, internationally most notable for winning the Eurovision Song Contest 2001 as backing singers for Tanel Padar and Dave Benton, with the song "Everybody". The group consists of Lauri Pihlap ("Lowry"), Sergei Morgun ("Semy") and Kaido Põldma ("Craig"). A fourth member, Indrek Soom ("Ince"), left the group in 2004. 2XL was founded by Morgun and Soom in 1997. They later participated in the 2007 Estonian Eurovision preselection with a song titled "My Place".

Spooner (band)

Spooner was a Midwestern rock band formed in 1974 in Madison, WI, by keyboardist/vocalist Doug Erikson, songwriter/guitarist/vocalist Bob Olsen, and guitarist/vocalist Dave Benton originally as an acoustic/electric trio. Between 1975 and 1978, the group had undergone several line-up changes, including adding Butch Vig as a drummer. Extremely popular in Madison, and able to draw in crowds in other Midwestern cities, Spooner released two well-received albums, Every Corner Dance and The Wildest Dreams and toured intensively throughout the Midwest to promote them.Spooner disbanded in the mid-1980s, with Erikson and Vig moving on to form Fire Town, who recorded two albums before splitting. Spooner reformed shortly after, and released a final album, The Fugitive Dance before splitting for a final time. During the early nineties, Erikson and Vig's production career took off, with Vig producing for major label artists such as Nirvana and The Smashing Pumpkins before they formed the multi-platinum selling alternative rock group Garbage.

Tanel Padar

Tanel Padar (born 27 October 1980) is an Estonian singer and songwriter. He is best known internationally for winning the Eurovision Song Contest 2001. Padar became famous by winning the Kaks takti ette, a biennial televised competition for young Estonian singers, in 1999.


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Wer Liebe lebt

"Wer Liebe lebt" ("Who Lives Love") was the German entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 2001, performed in German and English by Michelle.

The song was performed nineteenth on the night, following Poland's Piasek with "2 Long" and preceding Estonia's Tanel Padar & Dave Benton with "Everybody". At the close of voting, it had received 66 points, placing 8th in a field of 23. Michelle wore a glittery, shocking pink gown for her Eurovision appearance.

The song is a ballad, with Michelle exhorting her listeners to "live love" in order to be immortal and truly live life. Michelle also recorded the song with lyrics entirely in English, entitled "To Live for Love".

It was succeeded as German representative at the 2002 Contest by Corinna May with "I Can't Live Without Music".

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