| The Origin Song Contest 03|
|Semi Final 1 date||TBD October 2017|
|Semi Final 2 date||TBD October 2017|
|Final date||TBD 2017|
|Venue|| PostFinance Arena|
|Entries||37 to date|
|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.
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.
|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|
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
|01||Albania||Besa feat. Elinel||"Mos m'le me ra"|
|02||Serbia||Ana Kokić||"Ljubav na papiru"|
|03||Lithuania||Beissoul & Einius||"Adopted Child of Love"|
|04||France||Shy'm||"Si tu m'aimes encore"|
|05||San Marino||Le Deva||"Un'altra idea"|
|06||Belarus||ZØYA||"I Still Believe"|
|07||Austria||PÆNDA||"Hold My Breath"|
|08||Portugal||Aurea||"Nothing Left to Say"|
|11||Greece||Xenia Ghali feat. Raquel Castro||"Places"|
|12||Faroe Islands||FRUM feat. Steso||"Birdstone"|
|13||Finland||Sini Yasemin||"Mun Kaa"|
|15||Slovenia||July Jones||"Jump in the Water"|
Semi Final 2
|01||Moldova||Irina Rimeș||"My Favourite Man"|
|03||Liechtenstein||J-MOX, MELINA and Mahout||"Hunter"|
|04||Denmark||Amanda||"Tror vi er nem'"|
|06||Cyprus||Finding Kate||"Get Over You"|
|07||Italy||Joan Thiele||"Save Me"|
|09||Slovakia||Dominika Mirgová and Rakby||"L.A.S.K.A."|
|12||Romania||Raluka||"Du-mă spre noi"|
|13||Latvia||Franco Franco||"By the Lake"|
|14||Germany||Jannine Weigel||"Strangled Love"|
|15||FYR Macedonia||Elena Milenkovska||"Dojdi So Mene"|
|Czech Republic||Annet Charitonová feat. Ben Cristovao||"Taktomabyt"|
|Sweden||Sondr feat. Peg Parnevik||"Live Love Learn"|
|Switzerland||Damian Lynn||"When We Do It"|
|United Kingdom||Mollie King||"Hair Down"|
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.
- Andorra: RTVA was forced to withdraw having failed to make a confirmation announcement before the deadline.
- Croatia: Despite qualifying in the previous edition, HRT confirmed Croatia would not participate, due to lack of popularity of the contest within the country.
- 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.
- 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.
- Ukraine: NTU announced that Ukraine would not participate this edition, due to change in delegation. A return next edition has not been ruled out.