BELARUS – After having participated in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2012 as a songwriter for “Party for Everybody” and in 2016 as “Help You Fly”, Viktor Drobysh is back at the event this year as a composer and producer of “Like It”, a song with that ZENA will represent Belarus in Tel Aviv.
However, Viktor Drobysh was recently highlighted … for the wrong reasons.
“Finally, I have the dream of an artist from Brunei to win the Eurovision Festival and take the contest to Brunei … It is usually interesting … Although the death penalty is too much … maybe just a sore” wrote the producer on social networks, after Brunei announced the implementation of a new criminal code that punishes homosexuality and adultery with death by stoning, something that led the United Nations to classify as “cruel and inhumane.”
The statements, which have since been ruled out for violating Instagram’s guidelines, have had significant repercussions on the Eurovision community, lowering the bidding ranking in bookmakers.
This Monday, the composer and producer used social networks to issue an apology, classifying the previous post as ironic:
“I am annoyed by the confusion that my ironic post about Brunei has caused and I want to apologize for my somber mood who has touched and injured the feelings of sexual minorities, “wrote in a video description where he sings” I Want To Break Free”, revealing that he has several homosexual friends … despite being a harsh critic of homosexual propaganda.
Viktor Yakovlevich Drobysh (Russian: Ви́ктор Я́ковлевич Дро́быш; born June 27, 1966, Leningrad, Russian SFSR) is a Russian composer and music producer, Honored Artist of Russia (2010). Song Author group Buranovskiye Babushki Party for Everybody, who took 2nd place at Eurovision 2012.
From 1996 he worked in Germany. After working in Germany, Drobysh moved to Finland, where he created the duet Pets. In 2004, Drobysh participated as a co-producer in the talent show Fabrika Zvyozd of Channel One Russia. In 2006, he single-handedly led the 6th season of the project.
In August 2004, Viktor Drobysh’s Producer Centre was created. It was engaged in promoting the groups Tootsie, K.G.B., Chelsea, Princessa Avenue and Ultrafiolet, as well as solo artists, such as Yulia Mikhalchik, Natalia Podolskaya, Stas Piekha, Dmitry Koldun, Zara, Avraam Russo, Sogdiana Fedorinskaya, Prokhor Chaliapin and others.