Dima Bilan – Russian actor, singer-songwriter
Dima Bilan is a famous Russian actor and singer-songwriter. He took the second place at the Eurovision Song Contest 2006 with the song Never Let You Go. And in 2008 Dima became the first Russian singer who won the Eurovision Song Contest. He represented Russia in Belgrade with the song Believe. You know, Bilan is Honored Artist of Kabardino-Balkaria (2006), Honored Artist of Chechnya (2007), Honored Artist of Ingushetia (2007) and People’s Artist of Kabardino-Balkaria (2008). By the way, he has had several Russian number one hit records.
Viktor Belan (his real name) was born on December 24, 1981 in Ust-Dzheguta, Karachay–Cherkessia.
In 1999 Belan came to Moscow to take part in the festival Chunga-Changa, where great Russian singer Joseph Kobzon handed him a diploma.
A year later, the music video for the song Autumn (producer Elena Kahn) was filmed on the Gulf of Finland. It was the first Dima’s studio song.
The career of the singer began when he met the producer Yuri Aizenshpis. It was he who advised the boy to take pseudonym Dima Bilan. To tell the truth, 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. In 2012 he started a new project, taking his native name Victor Belan as a new pseudonym.
The singer took the fourth place in the New Wave festival in 2002. And a year later he released his debut album Night Hooligan.
In collaboration with Aisenshpis the singer recorded his second album On The Shore Of The Sky and released it in 2004.
On September 20, 2005, Yuri Aizenshpis passed away. Yana Rudkovskaya became his new producer.
By the end of 2005, the singer had received two Golden Gramophone awards. The songs of the singer received more and more recognition: The Singer of the Year (2006), Best Performer of the Year (2007), Best Album, Best Composition for the song Impossible is Possible.
In fact, every song performed by Dima becomes a hit.
The first English-language studio album, which was recorded in Los Angeles, Miami, Philadelphia, was released in 2009. And it became Album of the Year at the ZD Awards 2009.
In 2015 the musician presented an album Do Not Be Silent.
In 2005 Bilan decided to take part in the Eurovision with the song Not That Simple. But Natalia Podolskaya won the national selection and Dima took the second place.
The following year Bilan took the second place at the prestigious Eurovision Song Contest 2006 in Athens with the song Never Let You Go. Such success in the history of the country was achieved only by Alsou in 2000.
The brightest moment in his career was the long-awaited victory at Eurovision 2008. He performed together with renowned musician Edwin Marton and Olympic champion Evgeni Plushenko. Dima with the song Believe became the first Russian to win the competition.
In 2012, Bilan along with Yulia Volkova sang the song Back To Her Future and took the second place in the Russian national selection. Party for Everybody by Russian ethno-pop band Buranovskiye Babushki was the first.
You know, the singer graduated from the Gnessin Russian Academy of Music and the Russian Academy of Theatre Arts (GITIS).
Moreover, Bilan starred in several Russian films and TV series, including Not Born Beautiful, The Adventures of Pinocchio, Kingdom of Crooked Mirrors, Theatre of the Absurd, Space Pirate Captain Harlock.
Actually, Bilan actively participates in television projects. In 2012, the singer became the mentor of the popular show Golos (Voice) for adult participants. And in 2014 he was a mentor in the TV project Voice: Children. The project was a great success.
In May 2017 the singer presented a new music video for the song Labyrinths.
Sergei Lazarev and Bilan presented the song Forgive Me at the Muz-TV Award ceremony. Also in 2017, Dima performed new songs Hold and You Are My Ocean.
Today he is one of the most successful and popular artists of Russia.