The Origin Song Contest 03
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Semi Final 1 date TBD October 2017
Semi Final 2 date TBD October 2017
Final date TBD 2017
Venue PostFinance Arena
Bern, Switzerland
Presenter Susanne Wille
Broadcaster SRF
Entries 37 to date
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
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.
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.


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.


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

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 NBU following cheating in the previous editions and new delegations were not found in time.


Semi Final 1

The Czech Republic, Sweden and Switzerland will also vote in this semi final.

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

Semi Final 2

The Netherlands, Russia and the United Kingdom will also vote in this semi final.

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

Grand Final

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
First half
Flag of Czech Republic Czech Republic Annet Charitonová feat. Ben Cristovao "Taktomabyt"
Flag of Netherlands Netherlands Isabel Provoost "Nothing"
Flag of Sweden Sweden Sondr feat. Peg Parnevik "Live Love Learn"
Flag of Switzerland Switzerland Damian Lynn "When We Do It"
Flag of United Kingdom United Kingdom Mollie King "Hair Down"
Second half
Flag of Russia Russia Polyna "Tiger"

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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