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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Moscow Girls Swoon Over Iglesias

A dream came true for Yevgenia Kuznetsova,17, on Wednesday night when she saw her idol Enrique Iglesias in concert. Fulfilling that dream cost Yevgenia and her 12-year-old sister Irina a lofty 2,500 rubles ($90) a piece, but they didn’t mind since their parents were paying.

"We have been his fans for a long time, about a year, and now we got a chance to come to his concert and see him live," Yevgenia said excitedly as she waited for the concert at the Kremlin Palace to begin.

The Kuznetsov sisters were only two of hundreds of young girls who cast awe-filled eyes toward the stage Wednesday for the first of two concerts by Iglesias, the soft-voiced son of Spanish sensation Julio Iglesias. The final concert is Thursday night.

Then the black curtain rose and the hushed audience saw The One. Bent over with his back to the hall, Iglesias stuck out his black-leather-covered bottom and shook it to loud screams and whistles.

After a pause, the singer and his band exploded into their first number.

Latin pop star Iglesias, 25, broke onto the charts just a year ago with the single "Bailamos." He now has four albums under his belt, and a combined 13 million copies have been sold.

Russian fans say it is not only his sweet voice and catchy tunes that make their hearts beat faster. He is young, hot and sexy.

And Iglesias has his own say about that.

"I don’t think that an artist’s face is most important for his popularity," Iglesias, wearing a white T-shirt and gray baseball cap, told a news conference earlier Wednesday.

"I think the music I do can be sexy at times," he said. "But it’s not the most important thing. If I have to be shot naked, I will."

That remark promptly drew offers from reporters, and Iglesias responded diplomatically.

"Believe it or not, there’s not much to see there," he said, smiling shyly.

"His sex appeal certainly is catchy for young girls, but so is his music — beautiful and melodic," said Ilya Yefimov, program director at Radio Monte Carlo, one of the Moscow FM stations that heavily plays Iglesias’ hits.

"For us Russians, this music is very close [to our hearts], and as soon as we hear it we start dancing," he said. "I’ve heard a proverb that after a third shot of vodka every Russian becomes a Spaniard."

Dmitry Konnov, a spokesman for Radio Maximum, offered reserved praise.

"He’s not the most popular singer with our audience, but his latest duet with Whitney Houston is a beautiful song and the kind of love ballad that will be popular with any radio station," he said.

"As for his image, he is a worthy successor to his father," Konnov said.

The younger Iglesias did not wish to make any comparisons between his career and that of his famous father. Organizers of the news conference asked journalists not to ask any questions about Julio Iglesias.

Enrique’s relationship with his father probably meant even less to the young girls who paid between 250 and 15,000 rubles to watch the singer at the Kremlin Palace.

Maria Tokareva and Olga Vlasova, both 15 and both carrying bouquets of iris flowers, could barely conceal their excitement.

"He draws attention because he is so charming and attractive," Tokareva said. "If you read his interviews or watch him, he seems to be quite an interesting person."

"I liked his voice from the moment I first heard it," Vlasova said. "But then I saw what he looked like."

Despite liking Iglesias for different reasons, both girls felt equally determined to get on stage.

"We will try to get to the front to see him and to get him to notice us," Tokareva said. "We will try to get his autograph. We will give him flowers. To talk to him is the dream of every girl."