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Estonia Wins Eurovision
13 May 2001 | 0:00:00 GMT/UTC

Estonia won the 46th Eurovision Song Contest last night in Copenhagen. Tanel Badar and Dave Benton won with their song Everybody. They got themselves 198 points.

Denmark was close to winning most of the way through but came second with Never Ever Let You Go by Rollo and King who got 177 points.

It is the first time that Estonia has won the annual contest, next year's event will be held in Tallin, Estonia's capital.

Dave Benton has no Eurovision experience but has worked with the likes of The Drifters, Tom Jones and Billy Ocean. Tanel Padar, the other half of the duo, did backing vocals for Estonian artist Ines in last year's event.

Britain's entry, Lindsay Dracass' No Dream Impossible only managed 28 points putting the UK in a disappointing 15th place.

The event began in 1956 when it was held in GenËve, Switzerland. West Germany, France, Italy, Holland, Belgium and Luxembourg and Switzerland all entered.

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