Home Composed Song Contest 1997

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Contest overview

After a few years of improvised arrangements, the 1997 Home Composed Song Contest was organised - as recommended in the rules - by the previous year's winner, namely Tony Søgaard Olsen from Grindsted in Denmark. However, Tony declined to participate in the contest himself and defend his title.

This was a year in which several records would be broken. Not least concerning the number of participating songs - 18 in all, though this was reduced to 16 when Razorboy's songs (competing under the "United Kingdom North/West" banner) were withdrawn by the composer during the voting. Details of the entries are shown in the list below for completeness, but the songs are not included in the medley.

Debut entrants from Malta (Sunny Aquilina and Jason Cassar), Norway (Roy Vorland), the United Kingdom (Marie Bennett), Sweden (Mårten Eklund) and Portugal (Nuno Rodrigues) made this a contest in which the different corners of Europe were represented properly for perhaps the first time.

The voting was originally due to be conducted along the established lines of "12-10-8...", as in the Eurovision Song Contest. However, Razorboy's withdrawal came at an extremely late stage in proceedings, after most of the juries had already recorded and submitted their votes to the organiser. As Razorboy had received votes from many juries, the decision was taken to restructure the votes to read "12-10-8-7-6-5-4-3" with no 2 or 1 points awarded - in other words, with each jury voting for its top eight songs, and not ten as usual. This was seen as the only way to avoid a long delay as cassettes were sent backwards and forwards around the continent again.

There was also a further complication when it turned out that Sweden had given 6 points twice, leaving out its 5 points altogether. However, although one of the two recipients of 6 points was the winning song "Min lengsel", even a 5-point award to the Norwegian song would not have stopped Roy Vorland from claiming victory over the Maltese entry performed by Alexander Schembri - albeit in a "Carola vs. Amina"-style countback of the number of ten-point scores awarded.

And after all that, the Maltese songs were subsequently disqualified after it was belatedly established that they were professional (very much in breach of Home Composed rules!), to the extent that one of them had even taken part in a Eurovision national final a couple of years earlier. Fortunately, these things would soon become a lot easier to discover with the rise of the internet! In any case, the points they received are shown here as announced, together with the revised final positions for all of the songs that originally finished below them. It's safe to say that the disqualification didn't hurt Chiara's career, anyway...

Meanwhile, at the other end of the table there was another Home Composed "first", as two songs received no points at all. The unfortunates were the British band B.G.H.B. and Sweden's Mårten Eklund and Camilla Högberg.

Entries and results

Draw Country Song Title Performer Composer Lyricist Position Points
03 Den.png Denmark My Inspiration Morten Boldt Hansen Morten Boldt Hansen Morten Boldt Hansen 7 35
04 Uk.png United Kingdom North/East Wiped B.G.H.B. Ray Holt, Martin Faulkner Ray Holt, Martin Faulkner, Andrew Donaldson, George Tyson 13 0
05 Nor.png Norway Min lengsel Roy Vorland Roy Vorland Roy Vorland 1 62
06 Uk.png United Kingdom South/West Memories Marie Bennett Marie Bennett Marie Bennett 11 4
07 Swe.png Sweden I Wanna Be Where You Wanna Be Mårten Eklund & Camilla Högberg Mårten Eklund Mårten Eklund 13 0
08 Isr.png Israel Ha'derech el ha'or Alon Shanni Alon Shanni Alon Shanni 5 38
09 Uk.png United Kingdom East Around The World Ace Frehmen Ace Frehmen n/a 6 37
10 Por.png Portugal Ventos perdidos de amor Nuno Rodrigues Nuno Rodrigues Nuno Rodrigues 4 50
13 Den.png Denmark Are You Mine? Morten Boldt Hansen Morten Boldt Hansen Morten Boldt Hansen 2 55
14 Uk.png United Kingdom North/East Thoughtless Outline B.G.H.B. Martin Faulkner Ray Holt, Martin Faulkner 9 8
15 Nor.png Norway Vår tid i sola Roy Vorland Roy Vorland Roy Vorland 3 51
16 Uk.png United Kingdom South/West Girl At The Bus Stop Marie Bennett Marie Bennett Marie Bennett 8 29
17 Swe.png Sweden Ge mej kickar Mårten Eklund Mårten Eklund Mårten Eklund 12 3
18 Isr.png Israel Yesh li harbe ma lehagid Alon Shanni Alon Shanni Alon Shanni 10 5

Songs withdrawn before the voting was complete:

Draw Country Song Title Performer Composer Lyricist
02 Uk.png United Kingdom North/West Let's Spend This Life Together Razorboy Razorboy Razorboy
12 Uk.png United Kingdom North/West Angel Razorboy Razorboy Razorboy

Songs disqualified after the contest and removed from the final ranking:

Draw Country Song Title Performer Composer Lyricist Points
01 Mlt.png Malta Ismaghni ftit habib Chiara Jason Cassar Sunny Aquilina 58
11 Mlt.png Malta Will I Know? Alexander Schembri Jason Cassar Jason Cassar 61

Scoreboard

Juries
Mlt.png Den.png Ukne.png Nor.png Uksw.png Swe.png Isr.png Uke.png Por.png Total
Ismaghni ftit habib 8 8 10 10 6 6 10 58
My Inspiration 4 7 3 7 6 5 3 35
Wiped 0
Min lengsel 10 10 12 6 10 7 7 62
Memories 4 4
I Wanna Be Where You Wanna Be 0
Ha'derech el ha'or 5 3 12 7 3 3 5 38
Around The World 7 6 6 6 8 4 37
Ventos perdidos de amor 6 5 10 12 4 7 3 3 50
Will I Know? 7 10 6 8 12 10 8 61
Are You Mine? 8 8 4 5 12 4 8 6 55
Thoughtless Outline 3 5 8
Vår tid i sola 12 12 8 7 12 51
Girl At The Bus Stop 4 4 4 12 5 29
Ge mej kickar 3 3
Yesh li harbe ma lehagid 5 5

Media

HCSC 1997 winner: Roy Vorland - Min lengsel

Recap of all HCSC 1997 songs in draw order


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