23 countries participated in the 2001 Eurovision Song Contest. Bosnia & Herzegovina, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Lithuania and Greece all returned to the contest, replacing the seven countries with the lowest average result in the past five contests: Romania, Switzerland, FYR Macedonia, Finland, Belgium, Austria and Cyprus.
The spectator record from the previous year in Stockholm was already broken in 2001 as nearly 35,000 attended the show in the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen.
France, Greece and Slovenia were predicted to win this year but Estonia took everyone by surprise by taking the trophy.
Tanel Padar and Aruban-born Dave Benton's pop-funk entry Everybody won the 2001 Eurovision Song Contest 21 points ahead of second-placed Denmark. The song did not become a hit in Europe but did provide Estonia with the opportunity to host the contest the following year.