| The Origin Song Contest 05|
|Semi-final 1 date||TBA 2018|
|Semi-final 2 date||TBA 2018|
|Final date||TBA 2018|
|Venue|| Ergo Arena|
|Entries||34 (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 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.
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.
|Andorra||Andermay||"En Azul"||National Selection|
|Austria||To be announced|
|Bulgaria||To be announced|
|Czech Republic||To be announced|
|Faroe Islands||JASMIN||"Baby Blue"||National Selection|
|France||To be announced|
|Germany||Enyadres||"Fliegen Lernen"||Internal Selection|
|Iceland||To be announced|
|Lithuania||To be announced|
|FYR Macedonia||National Selection|
|Monaco||Naya||"Une fille de la lune"||National Selection|
|Norway||Emilie Adams||"Aliens"||National Selection|
|Romania||To be announced|
|San Marino||Internal Selection|
|Serbia||To be announced|
|Slovakia||To be announced|
|United Kingdom||National Selection|
- 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.
- Estonia: ERR announced they would withdraw but did not give a reason.
- Bosnia-Herzegovina and 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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:
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.