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Monday, June 26, 2006

Hungary Came Closer to Tarkan

By Teemeah Baksa reporting from Hungary

Tarkan Hungarian delegationA long-awaited dream finally came true when a Hungarian delegation organised by fans met Tarkan backstage at Vienna, on 23 June 2006.

Meeting Tarkan is something every fan must experience once in their lifetime. It truly changes the way you see Tarkan - and celebrities in general. You realise he's a very every day guy, just like one of us, talking and smiling and interested in others, and yet you see that he is also truly something special. The atmosphere, or charisma, that surrounds him charms everyone. He has a special air around him that draws people like a magnet.

Hungary's Quest to find Tarkan

From Budapest to the Danube Island Festival, Hungarian TV channel TV2 followed the Hungarian group in their own car filming everything that happened en route.

When we met Tarkan, he was smiling, confident, comfortable, walking towards us with hands in the pockets of his jeans, wearing a thin white T-shirt.

Meeting TarkanThe most beautiful man ever seen... Beautiful, in every sense of the word. Tarkan was shining. Not like a star, not at all. The beauty of his personality was shining through the beauty of his face. And he was completely down-to-earth. Everyone hurried to get a CD, a bit of paper, or a photo for him to sign, and scramble to take pictures and try to talk to him.

He was sweet. Even if he was stressed or bored or already thinking about the concert that was to start in half an hour, nothing of that could be seen on his face. He was smiling and joking all the time, patiently trying to sign everything for everyone (even making serious efforts to spell everyone's name correctly), lifting his head up so that the photos wouldn't only show the top of his head as he was bending over the table while he kept answering the Hungarian reporter's questions in English, talking to the fans sitting next to him...

Some girls who were already backstage, also came over. One of the girls bent over to Tarkan and asked him to sign her top on her breast, and Tarkan immediately lifted his eyebrows and for a moment looked embarrassed, but he signed the persuasive girl's breast.

Then he was gone. And we had a festival to watch with Tarkan live on stage.

When he appeared, we sang every song with him and the crowd, dancing wild and screaming. He sang a lot of songs from his Come Closer album and some of his more popular Turkish songs, like "Bu Gece", "Şıkıdım", "Şımarık", "Kış Güneşi", "Ay", "Kuzu Kuzu" and "Hüp", and of course "Dudu".

He started and finished the concert with the planned second single from the English album, "Start the Fire". And he was simply amazing. Whirling like a genie, singing totally live and dancing wild for one and a half hours - with this concert he again proved that he is one of the best live performers in the world.

Left with his memories, it makes you realise that no celebrity is a on far-away planet that you cannot visit. You just have to find the way. Dreams can come true. If you really want something, and you really work hard for it, and Lady Luck is on your side, you can do anything.

To read the complete journal of this exciting day, click here.

Pictures courtesy of Teemeah Baksa and her delegation. Click here for more.

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