Home Composed Song Contest 2016

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Contest overview

The 2016 Home Composed Song Contest was organised by H.U. from Spain (name redacted at own request) following his victory in the previous year's competition.

To mark the 25th edition of the Home Composed Song Contest, the organiser decided to run an additional competition this year on a one-off basis: the main HCSC (referred to as "Song Of The Year") was accompanied by a bonus "Instrumental Of The Year" contest. Participants were permitted to submit one song to each sub-event. A total of 20 entries were submitted across the two categories.

As usual, the votes of the participants were supplemented by a guest jury and an internet vote, the latter based this time on the number of YouTube views and likes gathered by the entries. The jury members were previous winner Eduard Alexogiannopoulos, Nikos Sofis and the organiser himself, as well as previous participant Giannis Papadopoulos (in the Instrumental of the Year category), while the music magazine Popfection completed the jury with an expert view from "outside" the sphere of the contest.

As you can see from the scoresheet, the guest jury (Gj1.png) and the internet vote (Gj2.png) were given a bigger weighting than the votes of the individual participant juries.

In an exciting voting, one of the two Finnish entries, "Jäärakkaus" by Tero Aalto's Snowclone project, took the lead and proved to be the favourite of the participants. However, the bigger weighting of the jury vote made the difference in the end, as the early leader was ultimately relegated to third place - and fellow Finn, Bo Söderholm, took the big prize for the second time in recent history with his entry "I Still Keep On Calling You". In doing so, he also became only the fourth person in HCSC history to win the contest more than once.

In the instrumental category, it was a close fight between Spain's Alfonso Daniel and Sweden's Martin Kahnberg, who left the competition some way behind them. The Spanish entry, "Romanza de Sakura", took the victory in the end.

As part of the anniversary celebrations, the participants were also invited to vote on three additional awards. "Denn einmal nur" from Germany, the overall runner-up in this year's main contest, won the awards for Best Music and Best Performance, while "Jäärakkaus" took home the prize for Best Lyrics.

Song Of The Year: Entries and results

Draw Country Song Title Performer Composer Lyricist Position Points
01 Uk.png United Kingdom I I Hate Being In Love With You Vulnerable Ray Holt, Martin Faulkner, Andrew Donaldson Ray Holt 4 101
02 Esp.png Spain I Rise Victoria Victoria Victoria 6 80
03 Fin.png Finland I I Still Keep On Calling You Bo Söderholm Bo Söderholm Bo Söderholm 1 129
04 Alb.png Albania Magjepsje Ainhoa Feal Ainhoa Feal Ainhoa Feal 13 15
05 Swe.png Sweden Andas Martin Kahnberg Martin Kahnberg Martin Kahnberg 9 71
06 Uk.png United Kingdom II Standing Still londonvision Andy Brook David Graaff 5 97
07 Por.png Portugal Tomorrow Heitor Heitor Heitor 7 78
08 Ger.png Germany I Denn einmal nur Jason Jason Sherri Stefan Engel 2 120
09 Uk.png United Kingdom III Says I Jimmy Andrews' Midlife Crisis Andy Mendelson Jim Brook 8 74
10 Esp.png Spain II Modern Girl Alfonso Daniel Alfonso Daniel Alfonso Daniel 11 52
11 Ger.png Germany II König der Welt Jan Wehner Jan Wehner Jan Wehner 13 15
12 Ger.png Germany III In The Moonlight (Come To Me Baby) Lauchmann Jens Wu Lauchmann 10 61
13 Fin.png Finland II Jäärakkaus Snowclone Tero Aalto Tero Aalto 3 116
14 Blr.png Belarus Zvyshnovaja zorka Spaceboys Dimitri Kushnikov, Natan Glamatovic, Janar Kinski Dimitri Kushnikov, Natan Glamatovic, Janar Kinski 12 30

Song Of The Year: Scoreboard

Juries
Fin1.png Alb.png Swe.png Ger1.png Por.png Esp1.png Uk1.png Gj2.png Esp2.png Uk2.png Uk3.png Blr.png Ger3.png Ger2.png Fin2.png Gj1.png Total
I Hate Being In Love... 5 5 8 8 12 14 7 5 3 2 7 3 4 18 101
Rise 1 4 1 4 2 20 2 1 6 5 12 8 1 14 80
I Still Keep On Calling You 6 6 1 6 10 12 10 8 8 8 3 2 5 12 32 129
Magjepsje 2 3 8 2 15
Andas 2 12 3 10 3 16 1 1 4 6 2 8 3 71
Standing Still 7 2 4 8 5 4 10 4 3 12 7 4 10 5 12 97
Tomorrow 8 8 10 6 2 5 12 4 2 2 3 4 7 5 78
Denn einmal nur 12 7 3 7 5 6 6 12 10 10 12 6 24 120
Says I 4 1 5 10 1 3 4 5 10 7 8 8 1 7 74
Modern Girl 3 3 12 4 1 7 3 6 5 1 1 2 4 52
König der Welt 1 6 5 3 15
In The Moonlight 6 7 5 6 5 3 7 12 10 61
Jäärakkaus 10 10 12 7 12 8 8 6 12 4 10 1 6 10 116
Zvyshnovaja zorka 2 7 4 10 7 30

Song Of The Year: Media

HCSC 2016 winner: Bo Söderholm - I Still Keep On Calling You

Recap of all HCSC 2016 songs in draw order

Instrumental Of The Year: Entries and results

Draw Country Song Title Performer Composer Position Points
01 Por.png Portugal I Know Now Rogério Afonso Rogério Afonso 3 21
02 Ger.png Germany Fight For Your Life Korjun Korjun 3 21
03 Esp.png Spain Romanza de Sakura Alfonso Daniel Alfonso Daniel 1 38
04 Fin.png Finland Crying Wolf UFOPOLI Tero Aalto 3 21
05 Swe.png Sweden Hiraeth Martin Kahnberg Martin Kahnberg 2 35
06 Uk.png United Kingdom Deciduous Armour GhostAttak GhostAttak 6 8

Instrumental Of The Year: Scoreboard

Juries
Esp.png Swe.png Uk.png Fin.png Ger.png Por.png Gj1.png Total
I Know Now 4 3 1 6 3 4 21
Fight For Your Life 2 4 4 2 1 8 21
Romanza de Sakura 1 3 4 6 6 18 38
Crying Wolf 3 6 2 1 3 6 21
Hiraeth 6 6 3 4 4 12 35
Deciduous Armour 1 2 1 2 2 8

Instrumental Of The Year: Media

IOTY 2016 winner: Alfonso Daniel - Romanza de Sakura

Recap of all IOTY 2016 songs in draw order


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