2019 Rules

The 2019 edition of the Home Composed Song Contest is being organised by Rogério Afonso (the “Host”) and the HCSC Organising Committee.

If you have any queries concerning the rules, please contact us at homecomposed2019@gmail.com or post a message to the HCSC Facebook group!


  • Participation is free of charge.
  • Participants should be fans of the Eurovision Song Contest.
  • The person submitting the entry (the “Participant”) should be a composer, a lyricist or a performer of the song.
  • The Participant must be from a country that is eligible to take part in the Eurovision Song Contest.
  • All participating composers, lyricists and performers must be amateurs. For HCSC purposes, this means that the submitted songs must not have been commercially released other than by self-publication and the participants must not be full-time music industry professionals. In case of doubt, the decision of the Organising Committee shall be final.
  • The Participant will form a jury of one or more people who will listen to all submitted entries and submit votes by the voting deadline.
  • In the event that the Participant does not submit votes by the voting deadline, their entry will be disqualified.
  • It is an explicit condition of entry that the Participant has the legal right to enter the song into the competition and owns all rights necessary or has the permission of the owner of the rights. By submitting an entry, the Participant confirms that this is the case.
  • The Participant agrees that their entry may be freely made available for listening and download from this website from the date of submission until at least the end of 2019.
  • Participants are strongly recommended to join the HCSC Facebook group for news updates and community chat.
  • The deadline for submitting entries is 23:59 CET on 30 September 2019!


  • Each Participant may enter one song.
  • There is no restriction on the number of participants from each country.
  • In the event of an extremely large number of submitted entries, the Organising Committee reserves the right to implement a semi-final or other public pre-selection phase. The limits and cut-off points for doing so will be determined at the discretion of the Organising Committee. However, this will only be done as a last resort.
  • The maximum length of each song is six minutes.
  • Songs may be submitted with vocals in any language. Instrumentals are also permitted.
  • At its discretion, the Organising Committee may reject an entry if it is deemed to be unsuitable for the competition.

What to submit

  • The entry form completed in full.
  • An audio file of the song, ideally in mp3 format.
  • One or more photographs of the Participant and the performer(s).


  • The voting period will start within the first few days of October and end at 23:59 CET on 31 October 2019. The voting show will be prepared once the voting deadline has passed.
  • Each Participant’s jury must rank all songs in order of preference. These will be converted by the Host into a top ten, Eurovision-style (1 to 8, 10 and 12 points), after allowing for the redistribution of votes to discount any disqualified entry.
  • The Host, in consultation with the Organising Committee, will determine any guest juries to be invited to take part and the weighting of their votes.
  • The Host, in consultation with the Organising Committee, will arrange for a public internet vote using a reliable format (IP-limited/registration-based online vote, reliable count of YouTube/Soundcloud hits/likes, etc.) and will determine the weighting of this vote.

Fair conduct

  • By entering, each Participant agrees to play by the rules and the spirit of the competition and to abide by the decisions of the Organising Committee.
  • Any suspicion of abuse, misuse, unsporting conduct or behaviour deemed to be not in the spirit of the competition, with regard to either the voting or the competition in general, will be investigated by the Organising Committee and may result in the disqualification of the Participant. The decision of the Organising Committee shall be final in all such matters.

The winner

  • The winner of HCSC 2019 will be offered the opportunity to join the Organising Committee for 2020 and host the 2020 edition of the contest in cooperation with the Organising Committee. Please note that this is not obligatory, so don’t be afraid to participate even if you aren’t interested in helping to organise the event!