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Tanel Padar

Tanel Padar (performing live, ca. 2007)
Background information
Birth name Tanel Padar
Born October 27, 1980 (1980-10-27) (age 29)
Haljala, Estonia
Genres Rock
Years active 1999–present

Tanel Padar (born October 27, 1980) is an Estonian singer. He is best known 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. In 2000, he was one of the backing vocalists for Ines – who at the time was also his girlfriend – at the Eurovision Song Contest 2000.

In 2001, Padar along with the boyband 2XL and Aruba born Dave Benton claimed the spotlight by winning the Eurovision Song Contest 2001 with the song "Everybody".

Padar performs in a band called Tanel Padar & The Sun, one of the most popular bands in Estonia. In 2006, Tanel Padar & The Sun had the following positions in the Estonian 2006 chart (top 40): #1, #4, #12, #23, #29, #31. One of their songs also claimed the R2 Hit of the Year prize. The song "Hopelessness You" made it to the MTV World Chart Express.


Personal life

Tanel Padar was married to Katarina Kalda, a former model. He dated Evely Ventsli until August 2007[1]. Tanel's sister Gerli Padar is also a famous singer in Estonia, who became well-known years before Tanel did.


Tanel Padar in front of The Sun in 2006


  • The Greatest Hits (2005)
  • Veidi valjem kui vaikus (A bit louder than silence) (2005)
  • 100% Rock'n'roll (2006)
  • The Sun Live 2006 (2007)
  • Veidi valjem kui vaikus II (A bit louder than silence II) (2007)
  • Here Comes The Sun (2008)
  • Unisex (2008)



  1. ^ Tanel Padar ja Evely Ventsli läksid lahku,, 25. august 2007
  2. ^ "Tanel Padar & The Sun Discography". Retrieved 20 December 2009.  
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
The Olsen Brothers
Winner of the Eurovision Song Contest
(with Dave Benton and 2XL)
Succeeded by
Marie N
Preceded by
with "Once in a Lifetime"
Estonia in the Eurovision Song Contest
(with Dave Benton & 2XL)
Succeeded by
with "Runaway"


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