Home Composed Song Contest 2011

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Contest overview

Following londonvision's victory the previous year, the 2011 Home Composed Song Contest was organised by Andy Brook from the United Kingdom.

To mark the 20th anniversary of the first edition of the contest back in 1991, Andy created a comprehensive and dedicated website with features including interviews with past entrants, video clips, specially prepared "postcards" for each song, and even a few words with none other than 2000 UK Eurovision representative Nicki French.

The effort involved clearly paid off, as 2011 proved to be the biggest ever contest, with an impressive 38 songs from no fewer than 34 participants. A far cry from the nine songs that took part in the inaugural event in 1991! There were debut entries from Romania and Albania, while Israel and Finland featured in the competition for the first time in many years, their last appearances having come in 1999 and 2002 respectively. Meanwhile, Morten Boldt Hansen returned to the contest he originated for the first time since 2004 - a nice way to mark the anniversary of his creation.

In order to make the final scoreboard a more manageable size, a semi-final system was implemented for the first (and so far only) time in Home Composed history. All of the entrants submitted a full ranking of all entries in order of preference. This was converted into ESC-style (12-10-8...) votes in order to determine the 24 finalists, which were announced without revealing their positions. The same rankings were then recalculated to remove the eliminated entries, and these ESC-style points were used for the final voting and the accompanying video presentation. This explains why the semi-final and final scoreboards below are similar but different.

There were a few complications among the way. Janusz Stefaniak from Poland failed to vote in time and was duly disqualified, while one of the contestants informed the organiser that two of the entries - "I Knew You Could Be (Something Special To Me)" from Israel and "Traumland" representing Austria I - were available for commercial paid download. Strictly speaking, this was still against HCSC rules at the time; after some consultation, the decision was taken to disqualify both songs from the contest but with the acknowledgement that the rules would eventually have to be altered to reflect the new realities of the digital music era. Doro from Israel remained in the competition with his other entry "Peter Pan", while the votes from the Austria I jury were allowed to remain on the scoreboard as they had been submitted in good faith (and, in any case, removing them would not have changed the identity of the winner or the finalists).

After all that, it was HCSC veteran Tony Søgaard Olsen from Denmark who took a fairly comfortable victory with "Visne roser" - his fourth win in all, and what turned out to be his last big stand in the contest. Meanwhile, the nature of the voting system (with all of the 24 finalists having demonstrated some kind of jury support in order to be in the final in the first place) meant there were no particularly low totals even at the bottom of the final scoreboard.

As in several recent editions, the voting was supplemented by an online public vote (Gj1.png) and a jury from Radio International (Gj2.png), who provided their customary support for the competition once again.

Semi-final entries and results

Draw Country Song Title Performer Composer Lyricist Position Points
02 Den.png Denmark I Visne roser Tony Søgaard Olsen Tony Søgaard Olsen Tony Søgaard Olsen 1 170
03 Ita.png Italy I Ambria John Grisafi John Grisafi n/a 31 7
05 Uk.png United Kingdom I Let Me See The Impossible londonvision Andy Brook Andy Brook 5 118
06 Est.png Estonia Elu on vaid üks Christa Christa Triinu Laos 11 76
07 Ger.png Germany I The One Before Holger Bürgel Holger Bürgel Holger Bürgel 13 67
08 Gre.png Greece I Rainy Day Constantino Dilupo Constantino Dilupo n/a 8 83
09 Isr.png Israel Peter Pan Doro Doron Eitan Doro Doron Eitan Doro Doron Eitan 10 77
10 Esp.png Spain II Gracias Mel Samuel Bugia Samuel Bugia 22 49
11 Por.png Portugal I Amanhecer José Abreu Rogério Afonso Márcio Silva 15 61
12 Fra.png France I De temps en temps Laurent Hell Laurent Hell Laurent Hell 14 65
13 Alb.png Albania Hëna buzëqesh mua Rya Neptlight Ainhoa Feal Ainhoa Feal 33 0
15 Gre.png Greece II I Didn't Know (Til It Was Too Late) Eduard Alexogiannopoulos & Alex Alexogiannopoulos Eduard Alexogiannopoulos Eduard Alexogiannopoulos 3 132
16 Por.png Portugal II I Didn't Expect Heitor Heitor Heitor 18 57
17 Uk.png United Kingdom II Weltschmerz Vulnerable Ray Holt, Martin Faulkner Ray Holt 20 51
18 Fra.png France II I Insane Puppy Gaël Corna Gaël Corna 28 13
19 Fra.png France II Because Of You Insane Puppy Gaël Corna Gaël Corna 24 29
20 Ger.png Germany II Free Aaron Marcus Seiler Stefan Engel 4 128
21 Aut.png Austria II Can't Stop Sara Koell Sara Koell Clemens Herzog 2 138
22 Alb.png Albania Pa arsyet Rya Neptlight Ainhoa Feal Ainhoa Feal 28 13
23 Uk.png United Kingdom III In The Control Room The Cynical Thieves Bob Brook, Steve Morris Bob Brook 30 12
24 Uk.png United Kingdom IV Can't You Feel? Janine Hales Eddie De Souza Eddie De Souza 17 58
25 Rom.png Romania Bleeding For You Gabriel Wilson & Lavi Gabriel Wilson, Lavi Gabriel Wilson, Lavi 9 79
26 Mlt.png Malta I Prodigal Son Mauro Kitcher Clinton Paul Rita Pace 16 60
27 Mlt.png Malta II Heartbreaker Sherise Bugeja & Oguz Karademir Sherise Bugeja, Oguz Karademir Sherise Bugeja 19 54
28 Ita.png Italy II Senza te Alberto Flego Alberto Flego n/a 26 19
29 Ger.png Germany III Seven Days Felix Penk Felix Penk Felix Penk 25 28
30 Esp.png Spain II Back To Past Alfonso Daniel Fernández Alfonso Daniel Fernández Alfonso Daniel Fernández 27 16
31 Fin.png Finland I Oh? Snowclone Tero Aalto Tero Aalto 12 68
32 Fin.png Finland II Sometimes We Are Strangers Bo Söderholm Bo Söderholm Bo Söderholm 6 117
33 Ita.png Italy I Ramblin' On John Grisafi John Grisafi n/a 32 4
34 Ger.png Germany IV Wir brauchen Menschen Matthias Pohl Matthias Pohl Matthias Pohl 33 0
35 Ser.png Serbia Orange Ways NIDEJ Nikola Radunović, Dejan Nikodijević n/a 23 40
36 Ger.png Germany V Niemandsland Nadia Timon Birkhofer Michael Bauer 7 91
37 Por.png Portugal III These People Are Very Crazy Manel da Silva Manel da Silva n/a 33 0
38 Den.png Denmark II Don't Leave Me Like This Morten Boldt Hansen Morten Boldt Hansen Morten Boldt Hansen 21 50

Songs disqualified before the voting was complete:

Draw Country Song Title Performer Composer Lyricist
01 Aut.png Austria I Traumland Marina Razumovskaja & Cecilio Perera Marina Razumovskaja Marina Razumovskaja
04 Pol.png Poland Sex And Fire JAS Janusz Artur Stefaniak Janusz Artur Stefaniak
14 Isr.png Israel I Knew You Could Be (Something Special To Me) Doro Doron Eitan Doro Doron Eitan Doro Doron Eitan

Semi-final scoreboard

Juries
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Visne roser 8 10 7 4 7 6 12 8 5 5 10 12 1 3 12 10 8 3 5 10 5 12 3 4 170
Ambria 6 1 7
Let Me See The Impossible 10 5 7 3 1 7 5 10 3 6 2 8 7 12 8 5 4 7 7 1 118
Elu on vaid üks 5 12 7 4 5 5 3 3 4 7 2 7 4 8 76
The One Before 12 2 7 2 12 10 8 1 5 8 67
Rainy Day 12 2 2 3 2 6 12 10 12 12 10 83
Peter Pan 6 1 1 10 8 1 8 1 8 8 6 4 7 8 77
Gracias 6 10 6 12 12 3 49
Amanhecer 10 4 4 1 7 5 2 2 12 2 12 61
De temps en temps 5 7 12 4 12 1 6 12 6 65
Hëna buzëqesh mua 0
I Didn't Know... 8 12 4 7 12 12 4 12 7 8 12 4 3 6 3 10 8 132
I Didn't Expect 7 10 6 5 8 5 6 10 57
Weltschmerz 7 10 3 4 7 3 4 1 4 2 6 51
I 3 2 8 13
Because Of You 1 3 3 2 7 1 7 5 29
Free 3 10 12 8 8 7 7 10 1 8 7 5 12 3 5 8 1 6 5 2 128
Can't Stop 2 12 8 10 8 5 6 10 8 10 6 5 8 10 7 4 12 7 138
Pa arsyet 1 6 6 13
In The Control Room 1 7 4 12
Can't You Feel? 8 6 3 2 2 12 3 1 8 6 4 3 58
Bleeding For You 6 8 10 8 2 12 2 4 2 7 1 5 12 79
Prodigal Son 1 8 4 1 2 10 4 5 1 4 3 2 6 3 6 60
Heartbreaker 7 8 5 3 1 1 6 5 4 1 1 7 5 54
Senza te 7 10 2 19
Seven Days 5 2 7 3 7 4 28
Back To Past 1 3 10 2 16
Oh? 1 12 12 3 1 6 6 7 2 10 4 1 3 68
Sometimes We Are Strangers 2 6 2 10 2 6 4 6 10 6 2 8 3 4 5 2 6 2 7 12 2 10 117
Ramblin' On 4 4
Wir brauchen Menschen 0
Orange Ways 4 6 3 5 8 6 8 40
Niemandsland 5 4 1 2 5 6 5 4 10 4 10 10 10 3 10 1 1 91
These People Are Very Crazy 0
Don't Leave Me Like This 3 4 5 3 4 3 5 1 3 12 2 5 50

Final entries and results

Draw Country Song Title Performer Composer Lyricist Position Points
01 Den.png Denmark I Visne roser Tony Søgaard Olsen Tony Søgaard Olsen Tony Søgaard Olsen 1 177
02 Uk.png United Kingdom I Let Me See The Impossible londonvision Andy Brook Andy Brook 5 123
03 Est.png Estonia Elu on vaid üks Christa Christa Triinu Laos 10 82
04 Ger.png Germany I The One Before Holger Bürgel Holger Bürgel Holger Bürgel 12 78
05 Gre.png Greece I Rainy Day Constantino Dilupo Constantino Dilupo n/a 8 85
06 Isr.png Israel Peter Pan Doro Doron Eitan Doro Doron Eitan Doro Doron Eitan 9 83
07 Esp.png Spain II Gracias Mel Samuel Bugia Samuel Bugia 22 50
08 Por.png Portugal I Amanhecer José Abreu Rogério Afonso Márcio Silva 16 64
09 Fra.png France I De temps en temps Laurent Hell Laurent Hell Laurent Hell 14 68
10 Gre.png Greece II I Didn't Know (Til It Was Too Late) Eduard Alexogiannopoulos & Alex Alexogiannopoulos Eduard Alexogiannopoulos Eduard Alexogiannopoulos 3 137
11 Por.png Portugal II I Didn't Expect Heitor Heitor Heitor 16 64
12 Uk.png United Kingdom II Weltschmerz Vulnerable Ray Holt, Martin Faulkner Ray Holt 20 55
13 Fra.png France II Because Of You Insane Puppy Gaël Corna Gaël Corna 24 34
14 Ger.png Germany II Free Aaron Marcus Seiler Stefan Engel 4 133
15 Aut.png Austria II Can't Stop Sara Koell Sara Koell Clemens Herzog 2 141
16 Uk.png United Kingdom IV Can't You Feel? Janine Hales Eddie De Souza Eddie De Souza 18 60
17 Rom.png Romania Bleeding For You Gabriel Wilson & Lavi Gabriel Wilson, Lavi Gabriel Wilson, Lavi 11 81
18 Mlt.png Malta I Prodigal Son Mauro Kitcher Clinton Paul Rita Pace 15 66
19 Mlt.png Malta II Heartbreaker Sherise Bugeja & Oguz Karademir Sherise Bugeja, Oguz Karademir Sherise Bugeja 19 57
20 Fin.png Finland I Oh? Snowclone Tero Aalto Tero Aalto 13 72
21 Fin.png Finland II Sometimes We Are Strangers Bo Söderholm Bo Söderholm Bo Söderholm 5 123
22 Ser.png Serbia Orange Ways NIDEJ Nikola Radunović, Dejan Nikodijević n/a 23 46
23 Ger.png Germany V Niemandsland Nadia Timon Birkhofer Michael Bauer 7 99
24 Den.png Denmark II Don't Leave Me Like This Morten Boldt Hansen Morten Boldt Hansen Morten Boldt Hansen 21 52

Final scoreboard

Juries
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Visne roser 4 8 1 10 7 4 7 6 8 5 6 10 12 1 3 12 10 8 5 5 10 12 7 12 4 177
Let Me See The Impossible 2 10 5 7 3 1 7 5 3 6 2 8 7 12 8 6 6 10 7 8 123
Elu on vaid üks 5 12 7 4 5 5 3 3 4 7 2 4 7 6 8 82
The One Before 12 3 8 7 2 12 10 8 3 3 5 5 78
Rainy Day 10 12 3 2 3 2 6 12 10 12 12 1 85
Peter Pan 8 6 2 1 10 7 8 2 8 2 8 10 6 5 83
Gracias 3 6 10 6 12 1 12 50
Amanhecer 12 10 4 4 1 7 5 3 3 12 3 64
De temps en temps 6 5 7 12 1 4 12 2 7 12 68
I Didn't Know... 8 12 8 5 7 12 12 10 4 12 7 8 12 4 4 7 5 137
I Didn't Expect 7 10 1 6 5 8 1 6 6 3 1 10 64
Weltschmerz 7 10 3 6 5 7 3 5 2 4 3 55
Because Of You 1 3 4 2 7 2 7 2 6 34
Free 3 10 3 12 8 8 5 7 10 1 8 7 6 12 3 5 7 8 3 7 133
Can't Stop 7 2 12 12 8 10 8 4 5 6 10 8 10 6 5 10 10 8 141
Can't You Feel? 8 6 4 2 2 12 3 1 8 1 6 4 3 60
Bleeding For You 6 8 10 12 3 12 2 4 2 7 1 8 5 1 81
Prodigal Son 1 6 8 1 4 1 3 2 10 4 5 1 4 4 4 1 6 1 66
Heartbreaker 5 7 8 7 5 3 1 1 6 5 5 2 2 57
Oh? 4 1 12 12 3 1 6 6 1 7 2 10 2 4 1 72
Sometimes We Are Strangers 1 2 6 2 10 10 2 6 4 6 2 10 6 2 8 3 5 7 2 6 4 7 12 123
Orange Ways 4 6 3 1 8 8 8 6 2 46
Niemandsland 5 2 4 2 2 5 1 7 5 4 10 4 10 10 10 4 4 10 99
Don't Leave Me Like This 3 4 5 5 3 4 3 5 1 1 1 3 12 2 52

Media

HCSC 2011 winner: Tony Søgaard Olsen - Visne roser
Song removed at composer's request
Recap of all HCSC 2011 songs in draw order

The host
Andy Brook


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