|The Origin Song Contest|
|Logo used since the first edition|
|Created by||ESC SC|
|Country of origin||Poland|
|Running time||Various (approximately two months)|
|Original run||29 January 2017 - present|
The Origin Song Contest, often shortened to TOSC, is a song contest on Youtube held among the members of the Origin Broadcasting Union since January 2017. The competition was based upon the existing Eurovision Song Contest held among the member countries of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) since 1956. The current and official executive supervisor is ESC SC.
Each country's head of delegation gets to select an entry for each edition either by internal or national selection. The countries get to vote in a number of shows (semi finals and a grand final) to determine the qualifiers and the winner of the edition.
So far, one country has won the competition and therefore hosted the contest. Apart from Poland, who hosted due to being the organiser of the contest, Finland has won and been host of the contest. The highest scoring winner, and currently the only winner, is Finland's Ellinoora who won the first edition with her song "Elefantin Paino" which got 130 points, 1 point ahead the runner-up.
On 28th January 2017, ESC SC, executive supervisor of the Origin Broadcasting Union decided to open an international music contest, where every full member of the OBU can take part by sending artists representing their countries with songs. It was called The Origin Song Contest. The name was inspired by the fact that music was the background of the contest as well at the core of it. At the start, the contest was not fully developed so there were a lot of rule changes and disputes between broadcasters during that time phase.
The first ever The Origin Song Contest started on 29th January 2017. It was held in Kraków, Poland which also was the first ever country to host The Origin Song Contest and also the first ever direct qualifier for the final. Thirty-three nations took part in the first edition each submitting one entry to the contest. Each country awarded 12 points to their favourite, 10 points to their second favourite and then 8 points to 1 point for the rest. In the semi final, the countries also deducted 1, 2 and 3 points from their least favourites, and in the final, deducted 1 to 5 points. The voting procedure has not changed since then.
Finland was the first ever country to win the contest. The winner is traditionally set to be the host of the following The Origin edition.