Never Let You Go (Dima Bilan song)

"Never Let You Go" is a song performed by Dima Bilan at the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest, where he represented Russia and ended up in 2nd place.

"Never Let You Go"
NeverLetYouGoCDSingle.jpg
Single by Dima Bilan
Released2006
Recorded2005
GenrePop
Length3:06
Songwriter(s)
Dima Bilan singles chronology
"Not That Simple"
(2005)
"Never Let You Go"
(2006)
"Lady Flame"
(2006)
Eurovision Song Contest 2006 entry
Country
Artist(s)
Language
English
Composer(s)
Alexandr Lunyov
Lyricist(s)
Finals performance
Semi-final result
3rd
Semi-final points
217
Final result
2nd
Final points
248
Entry chronology
◄ "Nobody Hurt No One" (2005)
"Song #1" (2007) ►

At the performance in Athens, Dima Bilan wears a white tank top with a number representing his place in the contest's running order – 13 in the semi-final and 10 in the final. Bilan was surrounded by two ballerinas dancing in the background and a white piano covered in red rose petals, from which a ghost-like female figure emerged halfway through the song.

On the night of the semi-final the song was performed 13th, following Poland's Ich Troje with "Follow My Heart" and preceding Turkey's Sibel Tüzün with "Süper Star". The song received 217 points, placing 3rd in a field of 23 and proceeding to the final.

On the night of the final Bilan performed 10th in the running order, following Denmark's Sidsel Ben Semmane with "Twist of Love" and preceding Macedonia's Elena Risteska with "Ninanajna". The song received 248 points, finishing second behind Finland's Lordi with "Hard Rock Hallelujah".

This was Russia's best showing at Eurovision up to that time. He beat Alsou, who also came 2nd in the Eurovision Song Contest 2000, but by only 155 points. Since the introduction of the semi-final in 2004, more countries are participating and voting in the contest, thus increasing the possible amount of scores a song can receive: in 2006, there were 38 nations taking part (Serbia and Montenegro pulled out of performing, but still voted), as opposed to 24 in 2000. Nevertheless, Alsou received 53.8% of the maximum possible points from 24 countries in 2000, whilst Bilan's final tally equated to 54.4% of the maximum possible score available from the 38 voting countries.

The song was succeeded as Russian representative by Serebro with "Song #1".

Dima Bilan performed the song at the World Music Awards in Earls Court on 15 November 2006.

ChartsEdit

Weekly chartsEdit

Chart (2006) Peak
position
CIS (TopHit)[1] 3
Greece (IFPI Greece)[2] 8

Year-end chartsEdit

Chart (2006) Position
CIS (Tophit)[3] 14

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Dima Bilan — Never Let You Go. TopHit. Retrieved 2021-10-30.
  2. ^ "IFPI archive". Archived from the original on 2006-11-05. Retrieved 2006-11-05.
  3. ^ "Лучшие песни и музыка за 2006 год" (in Russian). Tophit. Retrieved 2021-10-30.