In 2002, the singer won only fourth prize in his first competition – the contest of young artists entitled “The New Wave”, taking place in Latvia.
His debut album, The Night Hooligan was released in 2003.
And then suddenly realised that a crowd of tourists had gathered around him, fascinated. Many of Bilan’s music videos feature passionate scenes.
And after each of them premieres on TV, rumours about the singer’s relationship with a model, featured in the video, start spreading.
Before the 2008 Eurovision contest he even promised to marry her in case he wins…
The singer got the top prize, but hasn’t fulfilled his promise yet.
Russia’s Dima Bilan won Eurovision in 2008 with his R&B ballad “Believe”.