Dima: 'Most enviable groom'

by Richard West-Soley 98 views

2006 Russian representative Dima Bilan has won the accolade of Most Enviable Groom in a recent poll held by a Russian magazine.

Almost 6,000 votes were recived in the poll, held jointly by Russian wedding magazine Свадебный Вальс (Wedding Waltz) and the portal arriva.ru. Dima topped the poll, setting hearts a-flutter across the country, and beating Russian personalities Vlad Topalov and Sergei Lazarev Pobeditel into second and third places respectively.

High drama
It is not only Russian hearts that thethe youngRussian singer and Eurovision Song Contest runner-up has set alight recently. Mr Bilan had a brush with high drama earlier this week, as a fanatical admirer at a concert in Saloniki, Greece, made a dangerous bid to get closer to the star. Dima appeared on a stage constructed in front of a large pool, with columns and cables making up the set.

On starting his Eurovision Song Contest entry Never let you go, a particularly passionate fan surged forward and crossed the watery divide at great peril in order to be close to her idol, becoming entangled with the cables of the set on the way. Dima saved the day by apparently securing part of the set which threatened to fall on the aquatic fan – while continuing his performance – as security guards fished her from the pool.

Dima now continues his tour after the Greek interlude, which briefly interrupted the Kazakh leg of concerts. For more information check out bilandima.ru.

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Richard West-Soley

Senior Editor

Richard's ESC history began way back in 1992, when he discovered the contest could fuel his passion for music and languages. Since then, it's been there at every corner for him in some way or another. He joined the esctoday.com team back in 2006, and quickly developed a love for writing about the contest. In his other life, he heads the development team at the learning resources company Linguascope, and writes about all aspects of language learning on the site Polyglossic.com.