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The Origin Song Contest 03
Connected Emotions
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Dates
Semi Final 1 date 21 October 2017
Semi Final 2 date 28 October 2017
Final date 9 December 2017
Host
Venue PostFinance Arena
Bern, Switzerland
Presenter Susanne Wille
Broadcaster SRF
Opening act Semi Final 1: "Coming For You" performed by Nuela Charles
Semi Final 2: "Fragments" performed by Pegasus
Grand Final: "Cet Air La" performed by Ginta Biku
Interval act Semi Final 1: "We Are The Ones" performed by Bastian Baker
Semi Final 2: "Joy & Sorrow" performed by Kadebostany
Grand Final: "On Fire" performed by Stefanie Heinzmann and "-5 Points", a parody of The Origin Song Contest #03
Participants
Entries 37
Debuting Flag of Austria Austria
Flag of Cyprus Cyprus
Flag of Germany Germany
Flag of Liechtenstein Liechtenstein
Flag of FYR Macedonia FYR Macedonia
Returning Flag of Ireland Ireland
Flag of Lithuania Lithuania
Withdrawing Flag of Andorra Andorra
Flag of Croatia Croatia
Flag of Norway Norway
Flag of Spain Spain
Flag of Ukraine Ukraine
Voting
System Semi Finals: Countries award 12,10, 8-1 points to their ten favourite songs and deduct 1, 2 and 3 points from their three least favourite songs.
Final: Countries award 12,10, 8-1 points to their ten favourite songs and deduct 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 points from their five least favourite songs.
Negative Finishes Flag of Lithuania Lithuania (in Semi Final 1)
Flag of Cyprus Cyprus
Flag of Hungary Hungary
Flag of Switzerland Switzerland
Winner Flag of Germany Germany
"Strangled Love"
The Origin Song Contest
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The Origin Song Contest 03, often referred to as TOSC 03, will be the third edition of The Origin Song Contest. It will be held in Bern, Switzerland, following the country's victory at the second edition with the song "Crumbling Down" by Nuela Charles. It will be the first time Switzerland has hosted the contest. SRF chose the PostFinance Arena in Bern as the venue for the contest, along with Susanne Wille as host.

Thirty seven countries participated. Austria, Cyprus, Germany, Liechtenstein and FYR Macedonia all debuted. Andorra, Croatia, Norway, Spain and Ukraine withdrew from the edition whilst Ireland and Lithuania returned after a one-edition absence.

Debutant Germany won the edition with the song "Strangled Love" by Jannine Weigel, with 160 points, a margin of 8 points on the runner-up Moldova. Italy finished third, with Latvia coming fourth and Slovenia and San Marino finishing off the top 6. Sweden was the best performing big six member, finishing tenth, whilst the host country Switzerland placed last. Lithuania was the first country to finish below 0 points, however in the grand final, so did Switzerland, Cyprus and Hungary.

Location

For more information, see Bern.

Bern is the de facto capital city of Switzerland. With a population of 141,762 (November 2016), Bern is the fifth-most populous city in Switzerland. The Bern agglomeration, which includes 36 municipalities, had a population of 406,900 in 2014. The metropolitan area had a population of 660,000 in 2000. Bern is also the capital of the canton of Bern, the second-most populous of Switzerland's cantons.

The official language of Bern is Swiss German, but the most spoken language is the dialect, Bernese German. In 1983, the historic old town in the centre of Bern became a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Bern is ranked among the world’s top ten cities for the best quality of life.

Bidding Phase

Four Swiss cities applied to host the contest. These were Bern with both the PostFinance Arena and the Stade de Suisse, Geneva with the Geneva Arena, Lugano with the Pista La Resega and Zürich with the Hallenstadion.

The host city was revealed as Bern, with the PostFinance Arena, on 3rd September 2017.


City Venue Capacity Notes
Bern PostFinance Arena 17,031 Hosted the European Women's Artistic Gymnastics Championships in 2016.
Stade de Suisse 45,000 The second biggest all-seater football stadium in Switzerland. Required the construction of a roof to host the contest.
Geneva Geneva Arena 9,500 Hosts concerts and indoor sporting events, such as tennis and basketball.
Lugano Pista La Resega 7,800 Mainly used for ice hockey.
Zürich Hallenstadion 15,000 Has hosted concerts for lots of international artists.

Format

Semi final allocation draw

The draw to determine the allocation of the participating countries into their respective semi-finals took place at Bern City Hall on 30th September 2017. The first part of the draw determined in which semi-final the Big Six would have to vote. The second part of the draw decided in which half of the respective semi-finals each country would perform, with the exact running order determined by the producers of the show at a later date. Fifteen countries will participate in the first semi final, and sixteen will participate in the second. From each semi-final, ten countries will join the "Big 6" in the final, where a total of twenty-six countries will participate.

The thirty-one semi-finalists were allocated into six pots, based on their geographical place and cultural similarities. Drawing from different pots helps in reducing the chance of so-called neighbour voting and increasing suspense in the semi-finals. Each time a country was drawn from the pot, its semi-final and half of the semi-final was determined.

The six pots were the following:

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3
Pot 4 Pot 5 Pot 6

Previews and Betting Odds

The entries from each participating country were previewed in short recaps called Previews. The countries were divided into the previews based on when they revealed their entry: the first countries to reveal their entries were in the first preview. Broadcasters can rank each entry in the recap.

The betting odds were based around the country's average rank in its preview. The betting odds represented the chance a country had to win the contest. Finland came first in the betting odds with odds of 2.35, followed by Slovenia and Belarus both with odds of 2.43. The lowest countries in the betting odds were Austria, Lithuania and Iceland with odds of 5.16, 5.38 and 5.83 respectively.

The bottom three all failed to qualify, although Iceland nearly qualified, placing 11th in their semi final and needing five more points to qualify. For the first time, the betting odds did not correctly predict the winner, with betting odds winner Finland placing 7th and actual winner Germany coming 8th in the betting odds. In the final, the positions of Monaco and Cyprus were predicted correctly, with the least accurate being Latvia, finishing fourteen places higher, and Belarus, placing fourteen lower. The non-qualifier with the highest odds was FYR Macedonia with odds of 4.19, placing 21st overall.

Participating Countries

Thirty-seven countries participated, marking the biggest edition to date and an increase of two on the previous edition. Austria, Cyprus, Germany, Liechtenstein and FYR Macedonia made their debut, whilst Ireland and Lithuania returned having been absent last edition. Five nations withdrew having participated last edition: Andorra failed to confirm in time, whilst Croatia and Ukraine withdrew due to lack of the contest's popularity and a change in delegation respectively. Norway and Spain were two of four countries who were sanctioned by the OBU following cheating in the previous editions and new delegations were not found in time.

Results

Semi Final 1

The Czech Republic, Sweden and Switzerland also voted in this semi final. The highlighted countries qualified to the final.

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Flag of Albania Albania Besa feat. Elinel "Mos m'le me ra" 5 85
02 Flag of Serbia Serbia Ana Kokić "Ljubav na papiru" 12 37
03 Flag of Lithuania Lithuania Beissoul & Einius "Adopted Child of Love" 15 -15
04 Flag of France France Shy'm "Si tu m'aimes encore" 8 65
05 Flag of San Marino San Marino Le Deva "Un'altra idea" 2 103
06 Flag of Belarus Belarus ZØYA "I Still Believe" 6 84
07 Flag of Austria Austria PÆNDA "Hold My Breath" 14 3
08 Flag of Portugal Portugal Aurea "Nothing Left to Say" 13 33
09 Flag of Bulgaria Bulgaria Divna "#KillaBee" 11 43
10 Flag of Belgium Belgium Mustii "Feed Me" 3 99
11 Flag of Greece Greece Xenia Ghali feat. Raquel Castro "Places" 10 51
12 Flag of Faroe Islands Faroe Islands FRUM feat. Steso "Birdstone" 4 85
13 Flag of Finland Finland Sini Yasemin "Mun Kaa" 7 76
14 Flag of Hungary Hungary Opitz Barbi "Végem" 9 59
15 Flag of Slovenia Slovenia July Jones "Jump in the Water" 1 128

Semi Final 2

The Netherlands, Russia and the United Kingdom also voted in this semi final. The highlighted countries qualified to the final.

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Flag of Moldova Moldova Irina Rimeș "My Favourite Man" 4 82
02 Flag of Iceland Iceland Milkywhale "Rhubarb Girl" 11 42
03 Flag of Liechtenstein Liechtenstein J-MOX, MELINA and Mahout "Hunter" 6 63
04 Flag of Denmark Denmark Amanda "Tror vi er nem'" 16 8
05 Flag of Poland Poland Bovska "Long Way" 8 51
06 Flag of Cyprus Cyprus Finding Kate "Get Over You" 7 60
07 Flag of Italy Italy Joan Thiele "Save Me" 2 125
08 Flag of Monaco Monaco Pomme "De là-haut" 9 49
09 Flag of Slovakia Slovakia Dominika Mirgová and Rakby "L.A.S.K.A." 15 31
10 Flag of Ireland Ireland LYRA "Whitelady" 5 80
11 Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia-Herzegovina Naida Bešlagić "Toksična" 13 37
12 Flag of Romania Romania Raluka "Du-mă spre noi" 12 40
13 Flag of Latvia Latvia Franco Franco "By the Lake" 3 99
14 Flag of Germany Germany Jannine Weigel "Strangled Love" 1 137
15 Flag of FYR Macedonia FYR Macedonia Elena Milenkovska "Dojdi So Mene" 14 37
16 Flag of Estonia Estonia ELYSA "Green Light" 10 47

Grand Final

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Flag of United Kingdom United Kingdom Mollie King "Hair Down" 16 56
02 Flag of Greece Greece Xenia Ghali feat. Raquel Castro "Places" 20 11
03 Flag of Netherlands Netherlands Isabel Provoost "Nothing" 23 7
04 Flag of San Marino San Marino Le Deva "Un'altra idea" 6 106
05 Flag of Czech Republic Czech Republic Annet Charitonová feat. Ben Cristovao "Taktomabyt" 12 63
06 Flag of Finland Finland Sini Yasemin "Mun Kaa" 7 100
07 Flag of France France Shy'm "Si tu m'aimes encore" 22 9
08 Flag of Cyprus Cyprus Finding Kate "Get Over You" 24 -5
09 Flag of Switzerland Switzerland Damian Lynn "When We Do It" 26 -10
10 Flag of Sweden Sweden Sondr feat. Peg Parnevik "Live Love Learn" 10 64
11 Flag of Slovenia Slovenia July Jones "Jump in the Water" 5 120
12 Flag of Italy Italy Joan Thiele "Save Me" 3 127
13 Flag of Latvia Latvia Franco Franco "By the Lake" 4 126
14 Flag of Liechtenstein Liechtenstein J-MOX, MELINA and Mahout "Hunter" 19 16
15 Flag of Monaco Monaco Pomme "De là-haut" 15 59
16 Flag of Belarus Belarus ZØYA "I Still Believe" 17 52
17 Flag of Hungary Hungary Opitz Barbi "Végem" 25 -7
18 Flag of Faroe Islands Faroe Islands FRUM feat. Steso "Birdstone" 13 62
19 Flag of Germany Germany Jannine Weigel "Strangled Love" 1 160
20 Flag of Russia Russia Polyna "Tiger" 21 11
21 Flag of Ireland Ireland LYRA "Whitelady" 11 64
22 Flag of Belgium Belgium Mustii "Feed Me" 8 73
23 Flag of Poland Poland Bovska "Long Way" 18 49
24 Flag of Albania Albania Besa feat. Elinel "Mos m'le me ra" 14 61
25 Flag of Estonia Estonia ELYSA "Green Light" 9 65
26 Flag of Moldova Moldova Irina Rimeș "My Favourite Man" 2 152

Voting Grids

Semi Final 1

Semi-final 1
split positive/negative results
Place Positive Points Negative Points
1 Flag of Slovenia Slovenia 128 Flag of Albania Albania 0
2 Flag of San Marino San Marino 105 Flag of Slovenia Slovenia 0
3 Flag of Belgium Belgium 102 Flag of San Marino San Marino 2
4 Flag of Faroe Islands Faroe Islands 90 Flag of Belgium Belgium 3
5 Flag of Belarus Belarus 88 Flag of Belarus Belarus 4
6 Flag of Albania Albania 85 Flag of Finland Finland 4
7 Flag of Finland Finland 80 Flag of Faroe Islands Faroe Islands 5
8 Flag of France France 70 Flag of France France 5
9 Flag of Hungary Hungary 68 Flag of Greece Greece 5
10 Flag of Greece Greece 56 Flag of Portugal Portugal 6
11 Flag of Bulgaria Bulgaria 54 Flag of Serbia Serbia 7
12 Flag of Serbia Serbia 44 Flag of Hungary Hungary 9
13 Flag of Portugal Portugal 39 Flag of Bulgaria Bulgaria 11
14 Flag of Austria Austria 23 Flag of Austria Austria 20
15 Flag of Lithuania Lithuania 12 Flag of Lithuania Lithuania 27

12 points

No. Contestant Nation(s) giving 12 points
3 Belgium Greece, Lithuania, Sweden
San Marino Belgium, France, Hungary
2 Albania Bulgaria, San Marino
Bulgaria Albania, Faroe Islands
Faroe Islands Finland, Switzerland
Slovenia Belarus, Serbia
1 Belarus Czech Republic
France Austria
Hungary Slovenia
Serbia Portugal

Semi Final 2

Semi-final 2
split positive/negative results
Place Positive Points Negative Points
1 Flag of Germany Germany 138 Flag of Ireland Ireland 1
2 Flag of Italy Italy 127 Flag of Germany Germany 1
3 Flag of Latvia Latvia 100 Flag of Latvia Latvia 1
4 Flag of Moldova Moldova 90 Flag of Italy Italy 2
5 Flag of Ireland Ireland 81 Flag of Romania Romania 3
6 Flag of Liechtenstein Liechtenstein 70 Flag of Estonia Estonia 6
7 Flag of Cyprus Cyprus 67 Flag of Liechtenstein Liechtenstein 7
8 Flag of Monaco Monaco 60 Flag of Slovakia Slovakia 7
9 Flag of Poland Poland 59 Flag of Cyprus Cyprus 7
10 Flag of Estonia Estonia 53 Flag of Moldova Moldova 8
11 Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina B&H 52 Flag of Poland Poland 8
12 Flag of Iceland Iceland 51 Flag of FYR Macedonia FYR Macedonia 9
13 Flag of FYR Macedonia FYR Macedonia 46 Flag of Iceland Iceland 9
14 Flag of Romania Romania 43 Flag of Monaco Monaco 11
15 Flag of Slovakia Slovakia 38 Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina B&H 15
16 Flag of Denmark Denmark 27 Flag of Denmark Denmark 19

12 points

No. Contestant Nation(s) giving 12 points
4 Germany Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ireland, FYR Macedonia, Netherlands
3 Italy Estonia, Moldova, Slovakia
Latvia Italy, Poland, Russia
2 Ireland Iceland, United Kingdom
Poland Cyprus, Latvia
1 Bosnia and Herzegovina Liechtenstein
Estonia Denmark
Liechtenstein Romania
FYR Macedonia Monaco
Moldova Germany

Grand Final

Grand Final
split positive/negative results
Place Positive Points Negative Points
1 Flag of Germany Germany 173 Flag of San Marino San Marino 4
2 Flag of Moldova Moldova 167 Flag of Latvia Latvia 7
3 Flag of Slovenia Slovenia 138 Flag of Italy Italy 8
4 Flag of Italy Italy 135 Flag of Albania Albania 10
5 Flag of Latvia Latvia 133 Flag of Ireland Ireland 10
6 Flag of Finland Finland 118 Flag of Germany Germany 13
7 Flag of San Marino San Marino 110 Flag of Sweden Sweden 14
8 Flag of Belgium Belgium 95 Flag of Estonia Estonia 15
9 Flag of Monaco Monaco 84 Flag of Moldova Moldova 15
10 Flag of Czech Republic Czech R. 83 Flag of Belarus Belarus 16
11 Flag of Faroe Islands Faroe Islands 83 Flag of Liechtenstein Liechtenstein 16
12 Flag of Estonia Estonia 80 Flag of Finland Finland 18
13 Flag of United Kingdom UK 80 Flag of Slovenia Slovenia 18
14 Flag of Sweden Sweden 78 Flag of Czech Republic Czech R. 20
15 Flag of Ireland Ireland 74 Flag of Faroe Islands Faroe Islands 21
16 Flag of Poland Poland 72 Flag of Belgium Belgium 22
17 Flag of Albania Albania 71 Flag of Poland Poland 23
18 Flag of Belarus Belarus 68 Flag of United Kingdom UK 24
19 Flag of France France 50 Flag of Monaco Monaco 25
20 Flag of Greece Greece 45 Flag of Netherlands Netherlands 28
21 Flag of Russia Russia 43 Flag of Russia Russia 32
22 Flag of Hungary Hungary 37 Flag of Greece Greece 34
23 Flag of Netherlands Netherlands 35 Flag of Cyprus Cyprus 38
24 Flag of Cyprus Cyprus 33 Flag of Switzerland Switzerland 39
25 Flag of Liechtenstein Liechtenstein 32 Flag of France France 41
26 Flag of Switzerland Switzerland 29 Flag of Hungary Hungary 44

12 points

No. Contestant Nation(s) giving 12 points
5 Germany Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ireland, Italy, FYR Macedonia
4 Finland Iceland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia
Moldova Belgium, Faroe Islands, France, Liechtenstein
3 Belgium Greece, Monaco, Estonia
Poland Cyprus, Latvia, Sweden
Slovenia Belarus, Hungary, Moldova
2 Estonia Denmark, Serbia
Faroe Islands Finland, Switzerland
Latvia Lithuania, Russia
1 Albania Bulgaria
Belarus Poland
France Austria
Ireland United Kingdom
Italy Czech Republic
Monaco Netherlands
San Marino Slovenia
Sweden Germany
Switzerland San Marino

Other Countries

Every edition, the Origin Broadcasting Union invites all its active members to participate at the contest. The countries below have declined their invitations to participate, with the reasons stated.

  • Flag of Andorra Andorra: RTVA was forced to withdraw having failed to make a confirmation announcement before the deadline.
  • Flag of Croatia Croatia: Despite qualifying in the previous edition, HRT confirmed Croatia would not participate, due to lack of popularity of the contest within the country.
  • Flag of Norway Norway: The Norwegian delegation between the first and second edition was disqualified following the OBU noticing suspicious voting patterns, and was not replaced in time for the edition.
  • Flag of Spain Spain: The Spanish delegation between the first and second edition was disqualified following the OBU noticing suspicious voting patterns, and was not replaced in time for the edition.
  • Flag of Ukraine Ukraine: NTU announced that Ukraine would not participate this edition, due to change in delegation. A return next edition has not been ruled out.

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