Home Composed Song Contest 2021

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Contest overview

The 2021 edition of the Home Composed Song Contest was the 30th edition, and organiser Andy Brook from the United Kingdom put a great deal of effort into making it a contest to remember.

This paid off at the bottom line: 24 entries from 15 countries made this the largest contest in many years. Ireland made its debut in the competition, while Romania and Poland were represented for the first time in a decade. A number of new participants brought a breath of fresh air to the competition, while at the other end of the scale, there was a return to HCSC for the 2009 champions Ylva and Linda.

As in previous years, there was an internet-based public vote (shown as Gj1.png in the scoresheet). This was supplemented by a further three guest juries: contest founder Morten Boldt Hansen (Gj2.png), a jury representing Radio International (Gj3.png), which accompanied the contest with a special feature (listen [here]), and a jury representing ESC Insight (Gj4.png), which published a long article on the history of HCSC in the run-up to this year's contest (read [here]).

There was an innovation in terms of the voting presentation. To maximise the drama and entertainment, the votes of the guest juries and the debutant participants were each presented separately, then the votes of the returning participants were revealed as one "block" - like the televote at the Eurovision Song Contest. You can watch the full show with voting here.

This had the advantage of keeping the final result a secret right up until the last minute - not a bad thing, since it proved to be a commanding victory for Romania and "Take Me Away" by CornEL. Fellow debutant Avraam Konstandinou from Cyprus took second place, with the podium being completed by Tero Aalto and Snowclone from Finland.

Entries and results

Draw Country Song Title Performer Composer Lyricist Position Points
01 Swe.png Sweden I Masquerade Björta feat. Ylva & Linda Mats Larsson, Ylva Persson, Linda Persson, Jonas Lindau Mats Larsson, Ylva Persson, Linda Persson, Jonas Lindau 13 56
02 Uk.png United Kingdom I Slingshot Gluehorse John Beak, Roy Delaney, Shawn Mullins, Craig Stevens Shawn Mullins 18 46
03 Pol.png Poland I Want You Here Again Gnewwan Gniewko Paw, Jerry Neij Gniewko Paw 8 85
04 Aus.png Australia I Don't Know What You Learned At Richmond, But It Seems Like It Was Music And Nothing Else Rainbow Orbit Phil McNulty Phil McNulty 21 22
05 Hun.png Hungary Ábel a bálban VTF Tamás Vámos Tamás Vámos 19 30
06 Gre.png Greece Silver Lake 9 Streets Konstantinos Papoutsis n/a 7 90
07 Swe.png Sweden II Till fjälls Eva-Karin Håkansson & Martin Kahnberg Eva-Karin Håkansson, Martin Kahnberg Eva-Karin Håkansson 10 73
08 Cyp.png Cyprus Exomologisi Avraam Konstandinou Savvas Degirmentzoglou Avraam Konstandinou 2 130
09 Alb.png Albania Brengosje Ainhoa Feal Soundraw, Ainhoa Feal Ainhoa Feal 23 19
10 Fin.png Finland Look Out! Snowclone Tero Aalto Tero Aalto 3 113
11 Uk.png United Kingdom II It Doesn't Matter Anyway The Quirks Andrew Mendelson Andrew Mendelson 24 14
12 Rom.png Romania I Take Me Away CornEL Cornel-Ionuț, DJ Stephano Rossi Cornel-Ionuț 1 203
13 Uk.png United Kingdom III Song For Raymond Andrew Boyes Andrew Boyes Andrew Boyes 16 48
14 Ger.png Germany I Island Of Love Randi Randi & Tato Stefan Engel 11 62
15 Uk.png United Kingdom IV Winter Sunset Cellphone Jim Brook Jim Brook 9 77
16 Irl.png Ireland Be Free Lamph feat. Holly Ryan Clodagh Jackson, Eoin Jackson Clodagh Jackson, Eoin Jackson 4 101
17 Por.png Portugal March For Peace Nuno Mexia Nuno Mexia n/a 17 47
18 Ger.png Germany II Medusa Jan Wehner Jan Wehner Jan Wehner 20 26
19 Uk.png United Kingdom V We're Here For A Good Time (Not A Long Time) Vulnerable Ray Holt, Martin Faulkner Andrew Donaldson 12 59
20 Ger.png Germany III Tomorrow Never Comes Janneck Schmacke Janneck Schmacke Janneck Schmacke 6 98
21 Rom.png Romania II A New Insight Floriana Floriana, BeatStars, Lukinich Attila (DSPro Studio) Floriana 5 100
22 Ita.png Italy Look Mom No Hands Cassidy Civet Cassidy Civet Cassidy Civet 15 49
23 Swe.png Sweden III You Fly Away Majo Tobias Forsström, Majo Majo 13 56
24 Ltu.png Lithuania Hold You Close Gina Sabrina Gina Sabrina Gina Sabrina 22 20

Scoreboard

Juries
Gj1.png Uk1.png Pol.png Cyp.png Rom1.png Irl.png Por.png Rom2.png Swe3.png Gj2.png Gj3.png Gj4.png Ger2.png Swe1.png Ger1.png Gre.png Ger3.png Aus.png Fin.png Uk4.png Swe2.png Alb.png Hun.png Uk5.png Uk2.png Uk3.png Ita.png Ltu.png Total
Masquerade 5 4 10 7 1 8 1 1 8 6 5 56
Slingshot 10 6 3 1 5 6 3 12 46
I Want You Here Again 4 8 1 8 6 4 5 4 3 8 2 8 4 2 8 10 5 85
Richmond 2 5 6 4 3 1 1 22
Ábel a bálban 7 8 5 5 2 3 30
Silver Lake 8 6 10 12 8 2 8 4 2 8 7 5 7 3 90
Till fjälls 1 12 1 5 1 1 12 1 10 8 8 5 4 4 73
Exomologisi 12 7 10 12 8 5 8 3 10 7 3 7 6 2 12 5 12 1 130
Brengosje 4 5 8 2 19
Look Out! 6 12 4 4 6 12 4 12 5 6 10 8 8 12 2 2 113
It Doesn't Matter Anyway 2 3 1 5 3 14
Take Me Away 10 6 12 7 5 8 10 10 2 8 12 12 10 7 10 7 12 10 7 10 7 7 8 6 203
Song For Raymond 4 1 1 6 6 7 2 1 12 7 1 48
Island Of Love 3 2 3 6 7 4 10 7 1 4 2 3 5 5 62
Winter Sunset 1 12 3 10 5 3 3 4 3 12 1 12 8 77
Be Free 2 3 2 7 6 7 4 12 10 7 12 12 10 7 101
March For Peace 3 10 2 6 6 6 10 4 47
Medusa 10 3 2 8 2 1 26
We're Here For A Good Time 7 5 8 6 2 5 7 3 4 1 1 10 59
Tomorrow Never Comes 6 4 7 1 2 7 10 3 5 6 4 2 6 8 10 6 5 6 98
A New Insight 8 12 1 7 12 3 10 12 5 5 3 4 4 6 8 100
Look Mom No Hands 2 5 2 12 12 2 4 10 49
You Fly Away 3 1 4 10 5 6 1 2 2 3 5 4 3 7 56
Hold You Close 4 7 3 6 20

Media

HCSC 2021 winner: CornEL - Take Me Away

Recap of all HCSC 2021 songs in draw order

The host
Andy Brook


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