Dima Bilan – Russian actor, singer-songwriter
Dima Bilan is a famous Russian actor and singer-songwriter, who represented Russia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2006 with the song “Never Let You Go”, finishing second, and he won the contest (became the first Russian singer, who won it) in 2008 in Belgrade, with the song “Believe”.
Bilan is an Honored Artist of Kabardino-Balkaria (2006), Honored Artist of Chechnya (2007), Honored Artist of Ingushetia (2007) and People’s Artist of Kabardino-Balkaria (2008). He has had several Russian number one hit records.
Bilan (his real name is Viktor Belan) was born on December 24, 1981 in Ust-Dzheguta, Karachay–Cherkessia.
In June 2008 the singer changed his official name to Dima Bilan, because of the conflict with his producer Yuri Aisenshpitz’s heirs, who claimed the rights on this stage name. This change helped to avoid any claimants.
In 2012 he started a new project, taking his native name Victor Belan as a new pseudonym.
In 1999 Belan came to Moscow to take part in the festival “Chunga-Changa”, dedicated to children’s creativity and the thirtieth anniversary of the joint activities of Yuri Entin and David Tuhmanov. Joseph Kobzon, great Russian singer, presented Victor Belan with a diploma.
In 2000 was filmed the video for the song “Autumn” (producer Elena Kahn). It was the first Dima’s studio song. The video was filmed on the Gulf of Finland.
Bilan graduated from the Gnesins Musical College as a classical vocal performer.
He made his debut when he reached fourth place at the Russian/Latvian festival “New Wave” in 2002.
In 2003, Bilan released his debut album titled Nochnoy Huligan (Night Hooligan).
Produced by the late Yury Aizenshpis, a Russian music mogul, famous for his work with Viktor Tsoi in the Soviet Union, Bilan attempted to reach Eurovision previously with the song “Not That Simple” in 2005, finishing in second place at the Russian national selection.
Bilan was Showbusiness Man of the Year because the most voters gave their voices for him, according to the version of Rambler.
In mid-March 2006, Bilan was chosen internally by Russian broadcaster Channel One to represent Russia at the Eurovision Song Contest in Athens, Greece. Out of 37 participating countries, Bilan took second place with the dark pop song “Never Let You Go”, equaling one of Russia’s best ever showing at Eurovision — Alsou’s “Solo” was runner-up back in the 2000 contest.
On 15 November 2006 Bilan received award for Best Selling Russian Artist and performed at the World Music Awards in London along with Michael Jackson, Beyonce, Rihanna, Nelly Furtado and Bob Sinclair. His performance of Eurovision single Never Let You Go at WMAs was broadcast on Channel 4 in the UK and 130 more countries, including the United States.
In 2008, Bilan once again represented Russia in the Eurovision Song Contest in Belgrade with the song “Believe”, accompanied by Hungarian violinist Edvin Marton and Russian Olympic and world champion figure skater Evgeni Plushenko. On 24 May 2008, Bilan won first place in the contest. His producer was Yana Rudkovskaya.
Bilan competed at Russia’s Eurovision 2012 song selection for the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 in Baku, Azerbaijan. He entered the competition with t.A.T.u. member Yulia Volkova with their song “Back To Her Future”. They were second. “Party for Everybody” by Russian ethno-pop band Buranovskiye Babushki was the first.
Dima Bilan is the winner of more than 30 awards to date: Best Performer, Best Artist, Best Song, Best Russian Act, Song of the Year, Album of the Year, Best Video, Singer of the Year, Sexiest Artist, Man of the year etc.
Dima Bilan starred in several Russian films and TV series
2005 – Not Born Beautiful (cameo)
2006 – Club (cameo)
2006 – The Adventures of Pinocchio (Duremar)
2007 – Star break (Fortiano)
2007 – Kingdom of Crooked Mirrors (Gurd)
2008 – Goldfish
2009 – Pinocchio (visiting singer)
2011 – Theatre of the Absurd
2014 – Space Pirate Captain Harlock live-action (Harlock in youth)
Bilan and girls