Home Composed Song Contest 1998
Roy Vorland from Norway, who had won in 1997, declined to organise or take part in the 1998 contest. Naturally, an organiser had to be found, and Tony Søgaard Olsen from Grindsted in Denmark stepped into the fray for a second successive year - though once more, he himself did not participate in the competition.
The number of participants was down slightly on the previous year, but with no withdrawals or disqualifications this time, the final scoreboard featured 12 songs from seven composers in five different countries. Germany made its debut in the event courtesy of Michael Bauer, while Christina Irving arrived to swell the ranks of the British entrants; otherwise, all of the participants had previous Home Composed experience.
In contrast to the previous year, the voting proceeded very smoothly. Despite a spirited challenge from Israel's Alon Shanni, recording easily his best result in the competition to date, Morten Boldt Hansen pulled away right at the end to claim his second Home Composed victory - and Denmark's third in total, following his debut success in 1991 and Tony Søgaard Olsen's win in 1996.
Entries and results
|01||Denmark||Everywhere I Look||Morten Boldt Hansen||Morten Boldt Hansen||Morten Boldt Hansen||3||45|
|02||United Kingdom South/West||The Days We Will Remember||Marie Bennett||Marie Bennett||Marie Bennett||7||35|
|03||Sweden||Världen var ond||Mårten Eklund & Henrik Lindvall||Mårten Eklund||Mårten Eklund||10||16|
|04||United Kingdom North/East||Soul Case||B.G.H.B.||Ray Holt, Martin Faulkner||Ray Holt, Martin Faulkner, Andrew Donaldson, George Tyson||9||18|
|05||Germany||Seht, ich lebe noch||Michael Bauer||Michael Bauer||Michael Bauer||5||41|
|06||Israel||Ulay efrach||Alon Shanni||Alon Shanni||Alon Shanni||2||53|
|07||United Kingdom Central||This Time Last Year||Christina Irving||Christina Irving||Christina Irving||4||43|
|08||Denmark||Find Your Dream||Morten Boldt Hansen||Morten Boldt Hansen||Morten Boldt Hansen||1||59|
|09||United Kingdom South/West||The New Boy||Marie Bennett||Marie Bennett||Marie Bennett||6||38|
|10||Sweden||Somna inte||Camilla Högberg & Mårten Eklund||Mårten Eklund||Mårten Eklund||12||10|
|11||United Kingdom North/East||Silence||B.G.H.B.||Martin Faulkner||Andrew Donaldson||11||14|
|12||Germany||Der Gnu-Plattler||Michael Bauer||Michael Bauer||Michael Bauer||8||34|
HCSC 1998 winner: Morten Boldt Hansen - Find Your Dream
Recap of all HCSC 1998 songs in draw order
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