Home Composed Song Contest 2008

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Contest overview

The Home Composed Song Contest returned to former host city Hamburg in 2008, with the organiser this time being 2007 winner Stefan Engel.

The innovations started in the previous year showed no sign of stopping under Stefan's enthusiastic leadership. The contest again had its own website and was conducted almost exclusively online. The songs were placed on the site in the order that they were received, while the audiovisual aspect was underlined with several introductory video clips and - in a new development that had been the dream of many a HCSC regular over the years - the voting itself was conducted in an impressive video presentation, complete with Eurovision-style scoreboard. Some clips from that show can still be viewed here, and the colourful programme that was circulated to all participants after the event can be downloaded in PDF form here.

Online support was provided by Radio International, who presented an hour-long programme dedicated to the contest (listen here) and formed their own guest jury, while the contest's website itself also contained an online vote that was included as part of the final result - this would become a regular feature of future editions. The scoresheet below shows these guest juries at the end, numbered Gj1.png (Radio International) and Gj2.png (Internet).

While the contest continued to expand and evolve, the only new country to appear on the scoreboard this year was Serbia, represented by Boban Djekić - who promptly won the competition on his first attempt with the polished "Vino", beating out fellow first-timer Heja from Turkey and defending champion Stefan Engel from Germany. Just below them, persistence paid off for the contest's most experienced competitor, Martin Faulkner from the UK, whose band Vulnerable recorded comfortably their best result to date in fourth place - while fellow Brit Dan Dyer was unfortunately disqualified when his votes failed to reach the organisational team in time.

Entries and results

Draw Country Song Title Performer Composer Lyricist Position Points
01 Ger.png Germany I Naturally Mave O'Rick Mave O'Rick, Ian Coleen Mave O'Rick, tEEgEE 13 58
02 Tur.png Turkey I Askindan ötesi yok Yakup & Levent Yakup Mutlu, Levent Yakup Mutlu 18 34
05 Ser.png Serbia Vino Boban Djekić Snežana Končar Snežana Končar 1 127
06 Swe.png Sweden I Vad? Martin Kahnberg Martin Kahnberg Martin Kahnberg 25 11
07 Uk.png United Kingdom II Lecture Over Vulnerable Ray Holt, Martin Faulkner Ray Holt 4 94
08 Uk.png United Kingdom II Xeno's Paradox Vulnerable Ray Holt, Martin Faulkner Andrew Donaldson 19 29
09 Mlt.png Malta Fly With The Angels Mauro Kitcher Mauro Kitcher Mauro Kitcher 5 85
10 Tur.png Turkey II Feel Free Heja Timo Schmid, Art Brauer Timo Schmid 2 119
11 Swi.png Switzerland Hello, Yassou, I Just Love You Mazarra vs. Lukmi Lukmi Lukmi 27 7
12 Uk.png United Kingdom III Ingenting kan stoppa mig londonvision feat. Tiina Andy Brook Andy Brook, Tiina Kolehmainen 8 80
13 Swe.png Sweden II I Will Always (Love You) Andreas Nilsson Andreas Nilsson Andreas Nilsson 21 18
14 Swe.png Sweden II Be My Casanova Andreas Nilsson Andreas Nilsson Andreas Nilsson 29 6
15 Ger.png Germany II Die Welt/The World Jan & Friends Marcus Seiler Stefan Engel 3 105
16 Esp.png Spain A ritmo de tango Samuel Bugia Samuel Bugia Nacho Croxatto 9 75
17 Ger.png Germany III Spiel nicht mit meinen Gefühlen Tina Danzel White, Tina Tina 17 35
18 Ger.png Germany IV Sound Alarm Felix Penk Felix Penk Felix Penk 15 50
19 Ger.png Germany IV Not Easy To Find Felix Penk Felix Penk Felix Penk 30 5
20 Gre.png Greece Elpides (Hopes) Alexandros Kanlis Dimitrios Karas Dimitrios Karas 20 23
21 Por.png Portugal I All Again Heitor Heitor Heitor 11 71
22 Por.png Portugal I Livre ao sol Heitor Heitor Heitor 22 14
23 Swe.png Sweden III Higher, Higher Marcus Björkander Marcus Björkander Josef Boström 16 44
24 Por.png Portugal II Somewhere In The World Marco Daniel Nunes Rogério Afonso Rogério Afonso 6 84
25 Por.png Portugal III You've Got My Love Enhanced Duo 7 Manel da Silva Manel da Silva, Enhanced Duo 7 14 51
26 Den.png Denmark Vidste aldrig hvem du var Tony Søgaard Olsen Tony Søgaard Olsen Tony Søgaard Olsen 10 74
27 Por.png Portugal IV Devil Told You Lies Skin2Skin Pedro Sousa Pedro Sousa 26 9
28 Por.png Portugal IV Oxygen Skin2Skin Pedro Sousa Pedro Sousa 24 13
29 Ger.png Germany V In der Stille der Nacht Achim Wurm Achim Wurm Achim Wurm 27 7
30 Ger.png Germany V Ballerina der Nacht Achim Wurm Achim Wurm Achim Wurm 31 2
31 Ger.png Germany VI Up And Down LuMa Lutz Holzapfel, Matthias Pohl Matthias Pohl 12 62
32 Ger.png Germany VI Feuer der Nacht LuMa Lutz Holzapfel, Matthias Pohl Matthias Pohl 22 14
33 Ger.png Germany VII Simple Words Ron Koprivica & Lara Koprivica Ron Koprivica Ron Koprivica 7 82

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

Draw Country Song Title Performer Composer Lyricist Points
03 Uk.png United Kingdom I Betrayed Dan Dyer The Jockster Jodie Blackman 9
04 Uk.png United Kingdom I AstroVectrix Dan Dyer Dan Dyer n/a 11

Scoreboard

Juries
2002ger1.png 2002tur1.png 2002uk1.png 2002ser.png 2002swe1.png 2002uk2.png 2002mlt.png 2002tur2.png Swi.png 2002uk3.png 2002swe2.png 2002ger2.png 2002esp.png 2002ger3.png 2002ger4.png 2002gre.png 2002por1.png 2002swe3.png 2002por2.png 2002por3.png 2002den.png 2002por4.png 2002ger5.png 2002ger6.png 2002ger7.png 2002gj1.png 2002gj2.png Total
Naturally 7 3 3 12 4 5 8 10 6 58
Askindan ötesi yok 8 2 2 5 10 7 34
Betrayed 1 2 6 9
AstroVectrix 4 3 4 11
Vino 8 12 7 10 12 12 8 7 3 4 1 6 3 10 6 12 6 127
Vad? 10 1 11
Lecture Over 10 6 12 8 8 1 4 10 7 10 3 12 3 94
Xeno's Paradox 4 5 12 8 29
Fly With The Angels 5 3 5 3 1 12 10 1 4 4 12 5 10 10 85
Feel Free 6 10 4 8 6 4 1 6 7 7 12 2 2 12 7 7 5 5 8 1 119
Hello, Yassou, I Just... 4 1 2 7
Ingenting kan stoppa mig 1 1 7 1 4 4 5 10 1 5 8 8 12 6 7 80
I Will Always (Love You) 8 4 6 18
Be My Casanova 5 1 6
Die Welt/The World 7 6 12 6 12 12 3 5 7 4 5 8 8 1 8 1 105
A ritmo de tango 2 10 6 5 2 3 6 4 4 7 7 7 12 75
Spiel nicht mit meinen... 3 2 5 5 6 2 12 35
Sound Alarm 4 5 12 8 10 5 3 3 50
Not Easy To Find 5 5
Elpides (Hopes) 7 7 5 4 23
All Again 7 8 7 4 1 3 4 10 12 1 6 3 5 71
Livre ao sol 2 8 2 2 14
Higher, Higher 7 1 12 2 8 4 4 4 2 44
Somewhere In The World 5 3 8 8 6 12 6 10 12 4 3 7 84
You've Got My Love 12 6 6 2 8 10 2 5 51
Vidste aldrig hvem du var 2 10 7 1 10 5 12 1 3 2 6 12 3 74
Devil Told You Lies 3 1 2 3 9
Oxygen 5 2 3 3 13
In der Stille der Nacht 7 7
Ballerina der Nacht 2 2
Up And Down 10 7 2 6 5 1 7 6 6 1 2 1 8 62
Feuer der Nacht 2 1 3 8 14
Simple Words 4 10 3 2 10 10 8 6 8 1 10 10 82

Media

HCSC 2008 winner: Boban Djekić - Vino

Recap of all HCSC 2008 songs in draw order

The host
Stefan Engel

The logo
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