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The Origin Song Contest 05
Momentum
TOSC 05 Logo
Dates
Semi-final 1 date TBA 2018
Semi-final 2 date TBA 2018
Final date TBA 2018
Host
Venue Ergo Arena
Gdańsk-Sopot, Poland
Presenter(s) Anna Popek
Broadcaster TVP
Participants
Entries 34 (To date)
Returning Flag of Austria Austria
Flag of Bulgaria Bulgaria
Flag of Czech Republic Czech Republic
Flag of Iceland Iceland
Flag of Romania Romania
Flag of Serbia Serbia
Flag of Slovakia Slovakia
Withdrawing Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia-Herzegovina
Flag of Estonia Estonia
Flag of Greece Greece
Flag of Italy Italy
Flag of Russia Russia
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.
The Origin Song Contest
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The Origin Song Contest 05, often referred to as TOSC 05, will be the fifth edition of The Origin Song Contest. The contest will be hosted in Gdańsk-Sopot, Poland, as Italy declined to host the contest following their win in the previous edition. The show will be hosted by Anna Popek, and will be the second time that Poland hosts the contest, having held the first edition in Kraków, as well as the second edition hosted by Popek.

As of 21 June 2018, thirty-three countries have confirmed participation in the contest.

Location

For more information, see Gdańsk and Sopot.

The Ergo Arena, venue for the edition, is directly on the boundary between the cities of Gdańsk and Sopot. Sopot is a seaside resort city in Eastern Pomerania on the southern coast of the Baltic Sea, in northern Poland, with a population of approximately 40,000. It is a major health-spa and tourist resort destination. Gdańsk is a Polish city on the Baltic coast. It is the capital of the Pomeranian Voivodeship, Poland's principal seaport and the centre of the country's fourth-largest metropolitan area. Alongside Sopot and Gdynia, it forms the Tricity (Trójmiasto) metropolitan area.







Participating countries

Semi-finalists

Country Artist Song Selection Process
Flag of Albania Albania National Selection
Flag of Andorra Andorra Andermay "En Azul" National Selection
Flag of Austria Austria To be announced
Flag of Belarus Belarus National Selection
Flag of Belgium Belgium National Selection
Flag of Bulgaria Bulgaria To be announced
Flag of Cyprus Cyprus Internal Selection
Flag of Czech Republic Czech Republic To be announced
Flag of Denmark Denmark National Selection
Flag of Faroe Islands Faroe Islands JASMIN "Baby Blue" National Selection
Flag of France France To be announced
Flag of Germany Germany Enyadres "Fliegen Lernen" Internal Selection
Flag of Iceland Iceland To be announced
Flag of Ireland Ireland Internal Selection
Flag of Liechtenstein Liechtenstein Internal Selection
Flag of Lithuania Lithuania To be announced
Flag of Luxembourg Luxembourg Internal Selection
Flag of FYR Macedonia FYR Macedonia National Selection
Flag of Monaco Monaco Naya "Une fille de la lune" National Selection
Flag of Norway Norway Emilie Adams "Aliens" National Selection
Flag of Romania Romania To be announced
Flag of San Marino San Marino Internal Selection
Flag of Serbia Serbia To be announced
Flag of Slovakia Slovakia To be announced
Flag of Slovenia Slovenia Internal Selection
Flag of Spain Spain National Selection
Flag of Sweden Sweden National Selection
Flag of Switzerland Switzerland Internal Selection
Flag of Ukraine Ukraine Internal Selection

Finalists

Country Artist Song Selection Process
Flag of Finland Finland National Selection
Flag of Latvia Latvia National Selection
Flag of Netherlands Netherlands PLEUN "Reverse" Internal Selection
Flag of Poland Poland Lor National Selection
Flag of United Kingdom United Kingdom National Selection

Other countries

Further information: List of countries in The Origin Song Contest

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 Estonia Estonia: ERR announced they would withdraw but did not give a reason.
  • Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia-Herzegovina and Flag of Greece Greece: Both countries' Heads of Delegation left their posts and therefore Greece and Bosnia and Herzegovina were both forced to withdraw until replacements are found.
  • Flag of Italy Italy: Despite winning the previous edition, RAI confirmed on 29 May 2018 that they would not be present nor hosting the following edition. As a result, Finland became automatically qualified to the final after their seventh place in the previous edition.
  • Flag of Liechtenstein Liechtenstein: 1FLTV sent a memo to the OBU stating they would not be participating in the next edition following disputes between the delegation and the broadcaster. However, on 31 May, it was announced that Liechtenstein would in fact be present.
  • Flag of Russia Russia: Russia-1 announced on 23 May 2018 that they may withdraw from the edition due to time constraints. On 5th June it was officially revealed that Russia would not participate in the upcoming edition.
  • The following countries participated in the previous edition, but there have been no reports regarding their participation in upcoming edition:

Incidents

RAI exposed letters

On 17 May 2018, the Italian newspaper la Repubblica published a series of letters from RAI executives responsible for the country's participation in The Origin Song Contest, which amongst other things called hosting the contest an "accident waiting to happen" and "financially impracticable". Neither the OBU nor RAI have made a statement about the allegations.
On 28 May 2018, Monica Maggioni, chairperson of RAI, stated that the broadcaster would require "the most significant financial input in the broadcaster's recent history" in order to host the edition, money "which the state is unwilling to give". Many have speculated that the country will withdraw from the contest in the coming days.
Under 24 hours later, RAI confirmed that Italy would withdraw from the contest, with hosting duties passed to Poland, stating that hosting is too much of a "commercial opportunity" and detracts from the goals of the contest.

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