|The Origin Song Contest|
Logo used since the first edition.
|Created by||ESC SC|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|Original language(s)||English and French|
|Running time||Various (about two months)|
|Original run||29 January 2017 - present|
|Related shows||OGAO Second Chance Contest|
The Origin Song Contest, often shortened to TOSC, is a song contest held on Youtube held between members of the Origin Broadcasting Union. It has been held since January 2017 and was based upon the format of the Eurovision Song Contest, held among the member countries of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) since 1956. The current and official executive supervisor is Jaana Pelkonen, whilst ESC SC is responsible for the organisation of the contest.
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, two countries have won the competition and with that the right to host the contest. Apart from Poland, who hosted due to being the organiser of the contest, Finland and Switzerland have won and been host of the contest. The first winner was Finland's Ellinoora who won the first edition with her song "Elefantin Paino" which got 130 points, 1 point ahead the runner-up, whilst the highest scoring song was the Swiss entry in the second edition, "Crumbling Down" by Nuela Charles, which scored 133 points.
On 28th January 2017, ESC SC, former executive supervisor and current contest organiser of the Origin Broadcasting Union decided to launch a song contest, where every full member of the OBU could take part by sending artists to represent their countries. It was called The Origin Song Contest. 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 despite rumours of a slight change for the second edition.
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, however in certain circumstances, such as a country being unable to host for financial reasons, the runner up may host instead.
Logo and theme Edit
The generic logo for the contest was introduced in the first edition. The logo featured the contest's name as well as host information. The edition-specific logo also includes the flag of the host country in a rotated circle behind the name of the contest. Before the s
tart of the third edition, a number of new proposed generic logos were submitted for the contest, however the national delegations almost unanimously decided in favour of keeping the original logo.
When producing the theme art for each edition of the contest, a slogan is also decided, often based around the visual identity of the contest or the winning song of the previous edition.
|#02||Espoo||"Find the Light"|
|#04||Cologne||"Unravel the Rhythm"|