Russia: Bilan's staging plans for Belgrade

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The Russian team are currently working on the stage presentation of Believe, Dima Bilan's 2008 Eurovision Song Contest entry. Their plans include Olympic champion ice skater Evgeny Pluschenko and Hungarian violinist Edvin Marton. Although it takes some planning to manage getting the ice on and off the Belgrade Arena stage in the few minutes between songs, Dima's team is determined to go through with the plan.

This is not the first time Dima Bilan will be cooperating with Olympic and World champion Evgeny Pluschenko and famous Hungarian violinist Edvin Marton and his Stradivarius. They worked together last year in the Golden Ice of Stradivarius show in Moscow. The plan is to team up again for the staging of the Russian entry in Belgrade, which Dima promises will be the most exciting this year.

The concept of the choreography will be the essence of the song itself, namely believing in oneself, friends and people close to you and coping with life's difficulties. "It will be a very sensitive story about three men, who have been friends since their childhood. All of them encountered a lot of obstacles, but they were strong, they believed in themselves and finally became well-known celebrities. The first became a singer, the second became a figure skater and the third is a world famous violinist now", Dima says.

Below you can watch a clip from the 2007 Golden Ice of Stradivarius show with Dima Bilan and Evgeny Pluschenko.


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Stella Floras

Thanks to Johnny Logan and Hold me now I fell in love with the Eurovision Song Contest, a love that's been going strong ever since with undiminished passion. My first memories date back to 1977 and the lyrics of Rock bottom, Dschinghis Khan and A ba ni bi are still engraved in my brain.

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