Home Composed Song Contest 2018

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Contest overview

The 2018 edition of the Home Composed Song Contest was organised by Martin Faulkner from the HCSC Organising Committee in coordination with the previous year's winner, Eduard Alexogiannopoulos from Greece.

A total of 18 songs from eight countries took part in the competition.

As the HCSC Rules state that entries must represent countries that participate in the Eurovision Song Contest, it was perhaps inevitable that Australia would eventually make its HCSC debut; Phil McNulty and his Rainbow Orbit project had the honour of flying the flag for "Down Under" in HCSC for the first time. At the other end of the scale, one notable returnee was Lobo from Spain, who participated for the first time since 2006.

As in previous years, there was an internet-based public vote (shown as Gj1.png in the scoresheet) and a guest jury (shown as Gj2.png in the scoresheet). The latter consisted of four former HCSC participants covering various eras of the competition: Eduard Alexogiannopoulos from Greece, NIDEJ from Serbia, Felix Krückau from Germany and Christina Irving from the United Kingdom.

Konstantinos Papoutsis from Greece took an early lead in the voting but was overhauled around one-third of the way through by "Direito à vida" representing Portugal II, and a series of five 12-point scores from six juries in the middle of the voting meant there was no looking back. Although it could theoretically have still been caught with just a few juries left, "Direito à vida", performed by Micaela Abreu and submitted by long-standing participant Rogério Afonso, took an extremely comfortable victory ahead of previous HCSC winners Andy Brook (participating as usual under the "londonvision" banner) and Bo Söderholm (this time as part of the duo AB).

Having first been represented in the competition back in 1997, this was Portugal's first ever HCSC victory.

The results video is still available to view here.

Entries and results

Draw Country Song Title Performer Composer Lyricist Position Points
01 Swe.png Sweden I Quiet Martin Kahnberg Martin Kahnberg Martin Kahnberg 17 13
02 Por.png Portugal I Vermelha Heitor Heitor Heitor 10 59
03 Uk.png United Kingdom I Missing You Andrew Boyes Andrew Boyes Andrew Boyes 8 64
04 Swe.png Sweden II Schrödinger's Life Ben Robertson Ben Robertson Ben Robertson 16 29
05 Ger.png Germany I Nina Jan Wehner Jan Wehner Jan Wehner 18 5
06 Ger.png Germany II You Korjun Korjun Korjun 11 55
07 Esp.png Spain I Gentil Lobo Lobo Lobo 5 79
08 Fin.png Finland I I Only Need This Weekend AB Bo Söderholm Anssi Partanen, Bo Söderholm 3 110
09 Gre.png Greece Physis Konstantinos Papoutsis Konstantinos Papoutsis n/a 4 84
10 Ger.png Germany III Bis zum Mond Rebecca Marcus Seiler Stefan Engel 11 55
11 Uk.png United Kingdom II Just Wasn't Meant To Be Cellphone Jim Brook Jim Brook 11 55
12 Aus.png Australia Pathogen Rainbow Orbit Phil McNulty Phil McNulty 15 33
13 Por.png Portugal II Direito à vida Micaela Abreu Ricardo Rodrigues Rogério Afonso, Filipe Ramos 1 153
14 Fin.png Finland II I Want You (Out Of My Life) Snowclone Tero Aalto Tero Aalto 9 63
15 Ger.png Germany IV I Don't Really Care Úna Howard Atkinson Howard Atkinson 6 76
16 Uk.png United Kingdom III Leviathan Vulnerable Ray Holt, Martin Faulkner, Andrew Donaldson Ray Holt 7 67
17 Uk.png United Kingdom IV Westport Beach londonvision Andy Brook Andy Brook 2 112
18 Esp.png Spain II Just One Word Alfonso Daniel Alfonso Daniel Alfonso Daniel 14 48

Scoreboard

Juries
Gj1.png Gj2.png Swe1.png Por1.png Uk1.png Swe2.png Ger1.png Ger2.png Esp1.png Fin1.png Gre.png Ger3.png Uk2.png Aus.png Por2.png Fin2.png Ger4.png Uk3.png Uk4.png Esp2.png Total
Quiet 2 3 1 2 2 3 13
Vermelha 7 12 10 7 2 1 5 7 9 59
Missing You 10 5 10 10 6 5 8 1 7 2 64
Schrödinger's Life 5 8 8 8 29
Nina 3 2 5
You 10 1 3 3 5 3 6 4 7 2 7 4 55
Gentil 12 2 7 12 12 5 4 10 6 6 3 79
I Only Need This Weekend 3 10 8 4 2 10 5 8 7 10 12 12 5 2 5 7 110
Physis 12 2 8 12 12 4 6 5 3 1 3 10 6 84
Bis zum Mond 5 5 5 4 4 8 1 5 6 4 8 55
Just Wasn't Meant To Be 6 1 7 7 5 5 8 3 1 10 2 55
Pathogen 4 7 3 4 6 2 1 5 1 33
Direito à vida 6 12 5 10 8 12 12 12 12 12 3 8 6 12 4 7 12 153
I Want You (Out Of My Life) 3 7 6 6 6 2 6 7 7 3 10 63
I Don't Really Care 8 4 2 6 1 4 1 3 10 1 1 8 7 12 4 4 76
Leviathan 8 4 1 7 7 8 3 5 3 8 12 1 67
Westport Beach 7 1 6 4 8 10 2 1 12 10 6 4 10 6 4 6 10 5 112
Just One Word 1 2 2 3 1 10 4 2 10 3 2 8 48

Media

HCSC 2018 winner: Micaela Abreu - Direito à vida

Recap of all HCSC 2018 songs in draw order

The host
Martin Faulkner


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Statistics
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