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The Origin Song Contest 05
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Dates
Semi-final 1 date 26 August 2018
Semi-final 2 date 2 September 2018
Final date 24 November 2018
Host
Venue Ergo Arena
Gdańsk-Sopot, Poland
Presenter(s) Anna Popek
Broadcaster TVP
Opening act Semi-final 1: Betta Lemme performing "Bambola"
Semi-final 2: Drone footage of the Trójmiasto region
Final: Roksana Węgiel performing "Anyone I Want to Be"
Interval act Semi-final 1: Paulina Czapla performing "Twój Talizman"
Semi-final 2: Kasia Popowska performing "Dryfy" and "Przyjdzie taki dzień"
Final: Honorata Skarbek performing "Na koniec świata"
Participants
Entries 40
Debuting Flag of Azerbaijan Azerbaijan
Flag of Turkey Turkey
Returning Flag of Austria Austria
Flag of Bulgaria Bulgaria
Flag of Czech Republic Czech Republic
Flag of Iceland Iceland
Flag of Portugal Portugal
Flag of Romania Romania
Flag of Serbia Serbia
Flag of Slovakia Slovakia
Withdrawing Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia-Herzegovina
Flag of Italy Italy
Flag of Liechtenstein Liechtenstein
Flag of Moldova Moldova
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.
Negative finishes Flag of Malta Malta
Winner Flag of Sweden Sweden
"Hardcore"
The Origin Song Contest
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The Origin Song Contest 05, often referred to as TOSC 05, was the fifth edition of The Origin Song Contest. The contest was hosted in Gdańsk-Sopot, Poland, as Italy declined to host the contest following their win in the previous edition. The show was hosted by Anna Popek, and was the second time that Poland hosted the contest, as the first edition was held in in Kraków. It was also the second edition hosted by Popek.

Forty countries participated in the contest, making the edition the largest to date. Azerbaijan and Turkey made their debuts as new members of the OBU, whilst Austria, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Iceland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia and Slovakia all returned having last been seen two editions ago. Bosnia and Herzegovina, Liechtenstein, Moldova, Russia and, most controverisally, reigning champions Italy withdrew.

Sweden achieved their first victory in the contest with the song "Hardcore" performed by Esther Vallee, scoring 150 points, enough to place 9 points ahead of the runners up Belgium. Hosts Poland placed third, whilst Greece, Norway and Latvia finished the top 6. Big six member Malta placed last with -10 points.

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.

Format

Semi-final allocation draw

The draw to allocate the participating countries into their respective semi-finals took place on 5th August 2018. The first part of the draw determined in which semi-final the "big 6" would have to vote. The second part of the draw decided in which half of the two semi-finals each country would perform, with the exact running order determined by the producers of the show at a later date. Seventeen countries would participate in each semi-final, with ten qualifying from each show to result in a final of 26 songs.

The thirty-four semi-finalists were allocated into six pots, which were decided by analysing potential voting patterns between the countries. Drawing from different pots helps in reducing the chance of "bloc-voting". 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

Returning artists

Nataša Malinkova represented FYR Macedonia for the second consecutive edition, this time alongside Aleksandra Janeva, after participating in the previous edition. Mariliis Jõgeva returned to participate for Estonia, after also participating in the fourth edition.

Results

Semi-final 1

Malta, Poland 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 Norway Norway Emilie Adams "Aliens" 2 103
02 Flag of Switzerland Switzerland Levin "What is Love" 16 11
03 Flag of Portugal Portugal Grandfather's House "You Got Nothing to Lose" 14 35
04 Flag of Slovakia Slovakia Veronika Rabada "Zabudni" 10 54
05 Flag of Cyprus Cyprus Polina Christodoulou "Apoxoro" 11 51
06 Flag of Bulgaria Bulgaria Maria "Tuk i sega" 15 15
07 Flag of San Marino San Marino Federica Abbate "Fiori sui balconi" 5 90
08 Flag of Iceland Iceland Ásgeir "Heimförin" 8 63
09 Flag of Andorra Andorra Andermay "En Azul" 9 56
10 Flag of Belgium Belgium Charlotte "Fuis" 1 115
11 Flag of Spain Spain PAVVLA "Planets and Stars" 7 71
12 Flag of Belarus Belarus Angelina Pipper "Dziva" 3 101
13 Flag of Faroe Islands Faroe Islands JASMIN "Baby Blue" 6 78
14 Flag of Serbia Serbia Ivana Krunić & Tea Tairović "Brat na brata" 13 44
15 Flag of Hungary Hungary Dér Heni "Meghalok" 12 47
16 Flag of Azerbaijan Azerbaijan Aisel "Others" 17 5
17 Flag of Greece Greece Elena Tsagkrinou "Pame ap' tin arhi" 4 101

Semi-final 2

Finland, Latvia and the Netherlands also voted in this semi-final. The highlighted countries qualified to the final.

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Flag of Luxembourg Luxembourg GEZZA "Shoes Off" 12 30
02 Flag of Lithuania Lithuania Gabrielė Vilkickytė & Chris Metric "Rugpjūtis" 17 25
03 Flag of Austria Austria MIBLU "Shooting Stars" 16 26
04 Flag of Sweden Sweden Esther Vallee "Hardcore" 1 135
05 Flag of Monaco Monaco Naya "Une fille de la lune" 4 88
06 Flag of Slovenia Slovenia Gaja Prestor "To je kar imam" 7 81
07 Flag of Turkey Turkey Adam Aesalon "Show Me" 14 27
08 Flag of Estonia Estonia Mariliis Jõgeva "Kõike Tegema Pean" 11 42
09 Flag of Denmark Denmark Emilie Esther "Rare" 2 106
10 Flag of Germany Germany Enyadres "Fliegen Lernen" 9 47
11 Flag of Ireland Ireland Shaefri "Caroline" 10 46
12 Flag of Czech Republic Czech Republic LinaKaro "Cool Me Down" 5 85
13 Flag of France France Ana Zimmer "I Got the Balls" 8 75
14 Flag of Albania Albania Dhurata Dora "Jake Jake" 3 88
15 Flag of Romania Romania Laola "It's All Good" 15 27
16 Flag of FYR Macedonia FYR Macedonia Aleksandra Janeva & Nataša Malinkova "Euforija" 13 29
17 Flag of Ukraine Ukraine Alyosha "Tekila" 6 83

Final

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Flag of Belarus Belarus Angelina Pipper "Dziva" 14 59
02 Flag of Netherlands Netherlands PLEUN "Reverse" 10 77
03 Flag of Spain Spain PAVVLA "Planets and Stars" 21 30
04 Flag of Denmark Denmark Emilie Esther "Rare" 9 81
05 Flag of Malta Malta Airport Impressions "Ivy" 26 -10
06 Flag of Norway Norway Emilie Adams "Aliens" 5 111
07 Flag of Ukraine Ukraine Alyosha "Tekila" 15 55
08 Flag of Poland Poland Lor "Windmill" 3 138
09 Flag of Albania Albania Dhurata Dora "Jake Jake" 11 68
10 Flag of Sweden Sweden Esther Vallee "Hardcore" 1 150
11 Flag of Germany Germany Enyadres "Fliegen Lernen" 25 11
12 Flag of Czech Republic Czech Republic LinaKaro "Cool Me Down" 12 67
13 Flag of France France Ana Zimmer "I Got the Balls" 18 45
14 Flag of Slovakia Slovakia Veronika Rabada "Zabudni" 24 20
15 Flag of Iceland Iceland Ásgeir "Heimförin" 22 28
16 Flag of Greece Greece Elena Tsagkrinou "Pame ap' tin arhi" 4 126
17 Flag of Ireland Ireland Shaefri "Caroline" 20 32
18 Flag of United Kingdom United Kingdom Hannah Jane Lewis "Why Start a War" 16 55
19 Flag of Latvia Latvia Zane Dombrovska "Man tas netiek klāt" 6 87
20 Flag of San Marino San Marino Federica Abbate "Fiori sui balconi" 23 25
21 Flag of Monaco Monaco Naya "Une fille de la lune" 8 84
22 Flag of Slovenia Slovenia Gaja Prestor "To je kar imam" 7 85
23 Flag of Belgium Belgium Charlotte "Fuis" 2 141
24 Flag of Andorra Andorra Andermay "En Azul" 17 52
25 Flag of Finland Finland Jaana Pelkonen "Jaana Pelkonen" 19 43
26 Flag of Faroe Islands Faroe Islands JASMIN "Baby Blue" 13 60

Voting Grids

Semi-final 1

Semi-final 1
split positive/negative results
Place Positive Points Negative Points
1 Flag of Belgium Belgium 121 Flag of Norway Norway 0
2 Flag of Belarus Belarus 109 Flag of San Marino San Marino 1
3 Flag of Greece Greece 103 Flag of Faroe Islands Faroe Islands 2
4 Flag of Norway Norway 103 Flag of Greece Greece 2
5 Flag of San Marino San Marino 91 Flag of Spain Spain 4
6 Flag of Faroe Islands Faroe Islands 80 Flag of Andorra Andorra 5
7 Flag of Spain Spain 75 Flag of Slovakia Slovakia 5
8 Flag of Iceland Iceland 70 Flag of Belgium Belgium 6
9 Flag of Cyprus Cyprus 64 Flag of Bulgaria Bulgaria 6
10 Flag of Andorra Andorra 61 Flag of Iceland Iceland 7
11 Flag of Slovakia Slovakia 59 Flag of Belarus Belarus 8
12 Flag of Hungary Hungary 56 Flag of Hungary Hungary 9
13 Flag of Serbia Serbia 54 Flag of Switzerland Switzerland 9
14 Flag of Portugal Portugal 47 Flag of Serbia Serbia 10
15 Flag of Azerbaijan Azerbaijan 23 Flag of Portugal Portugal 12
16 Flag of Bulgaria Bulgaria 21 Flag of Cyprus Cyprus 13
17 Flag of Switzerland Switzerland 20 Flag of Azerbaijan Azerbaijan 18

12 points

No. Contestant Nation(s) giving 12 points

Semi-final 2

Semi-final 2
split positive/negative results
Place Positive Points Negative Points
1 Flag of Sweden Sweden 135 Flag of Sweden Sweden 0
2 Flag of Denmark Denmark 106 Flag of Denmark Denmark 0
3 Flag of Albania Albania 96 Flag of FYR Macedonia FYR Macedonia 3
4 Flag of Monaco Monaco 95 Flag of Slovenia Slovenia 3
5 Flag of Czech Republic Czech Republic 90 Flag of Germany Germany 4
6 Flag of Ukraine Ukraine 89 Flag of Czech Republic Czech Republic 5
7 Flag of Slovenia Slovenia 84 Flag of Ukraine Ukraine 6
8 Flag of France France 82 Flag of Estonia Estonia 7
9 Flag of Ireland Ireland 56 Flag of France France 7
10 Flag of Germany Germany 51 Flag of Monaco Monaco 7
11 Flag of Estonia Estonia 49 Flag of Albania Albania 8
12 Flag of Luxembourg Luxembourg 43 Flag of Romania Romania 8
13 Flag of Lithuania Lithuania 42 Flag of Austria Austria 9
14 Flag of Turkey Turkey 40 Flag of Ireland Ireland 10
15 Flag of Austria Austria 35 Flag of Luxembourg Luxembourg 13
16 Flag of Romania Romania 35 Flag of Turkey Turkey 13
17 Flag of FYR Macedonia FYR Macedonia 32 Flag of Lithuania Lithuania 17

12 points

No. Contestant Nation(s) giving 12 points

Final

Final
split positive/negative results
Place Positive Points Negative Points
1 Flag of Poland Poland 152 Flag of Sweden Sweden 1
2 Flag of Sweden Sweden 151 Flag of Slovenia Slovenia 5
3 Flag of Belgium Belgium 150 Flag of Norway Norway 8
4 Flag of Greece Greece 140 Flag of Belgium Belgium 9
5 Flag of Norway Norway 119 Flag of Andorra Andorra 13
6 Flag of Latvia Latvia 102 Flag of Faroe Islands Faroe Islands 14
7 Flag of Denmark Denmark 99 Flag of Greece Greece 14
8 Flag of Monaco Monaco 99 Flag of Poland Poland 14
9 Flag of Netherlands Netherlands 98 Flag of Latvia Latvia 15
10 Flag of Albania Albania 95 Flag of Monaco Monaco 15
11 Flag of Slovenia Slovenia 90 Flag of United Kingdom United Kingdom 17
12 Flag of Czech Republic Czech Republic 89 Flag of Denmark Denmark 18
13 Flag of Belarus Belarus 87 Flag of Netherlands Netherlands 21
14 Flag of Spain Spain 86 Flag of Czech Republic Czech Republic 22
15 Flag of Iceland Iceland 78 Flag of Ukraine Ukraine 22
16 Flag of Ukraine Ukraine 77 Flag of San Marino San Marino 24
17 Flag of Finland Finland 75 Flag of Germany Germany 25
18 Flag of Faroe Islands Faroe Islands 74 Flag of Albania Albania 27
19 Flag of France France 74 Flag of Belarus Belarus 28
20 Flag of United Kingdom United Kingdom 72 Flag of Slovakia Slovakia 28
21 Flag of Andorra Andorra 65 Flag of France France 29
22 Flag of Ireland Ireland 62 Flag of Ireland Ireland 30
23 Flag of Malta Malta 53 Flag of Finland Finland 32
24 Flag of San Marino San Marino 49 Flag of Iceland Iceland 50
25 Flag of Slovakia Slovakia 48 Flag of Spain Spain 56
26 Flag of Germany Germany 36 Flag of Malta Malta 63

12 points

No. Contestant Nation(s) giving 12 points
5 Belgium Austria, France, Iceland, Netherlands, Portugal
4 Finland Belarus, Ireland, Latvia, Poland
3 Albania Bulgaria, Serbia, Ukraine
Iceland Estonia, Monaco, Slovakia
Slovenia Azerbaijan, Czech Republic, Greece
Sweden Denmark, FYR Macedonia, Lithuania
United Kingdom Andorra, Belgium, Norway
2 Monaco Finland, United Kingdom
Netherlands Luxembourg, Malta
Spain Cyprus, Hungary
Ukraine Faroe Islands, Spain
1 Belarus Romania
Czech Republic Slovenia
Denmark Sweden
Greece Albania
Germany Turkey
Ireland San Marino
Latvia Germany
Malta Switzerland

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 Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia-Herzegovina: The country's Head of Delegation left their post and therefore Bosnia and Herzegovina was forced to withdraw until a replacement is 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. Despite rumours that the country would change their decision, 1FLTV reiterated that they would not be participating.
  • Flag of Moldova Moldova: TRM's delegation informally announced they would take part however no official RSVP was received by the OBU and therefore Moldova could not participate.
  • Flag of Russia Russia: Russia-1 announced on 23 May 2018 that they might withdraw from the edition due to time constraints. On 5th June it was officially confirmed that Russia would not participate in the 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 speculated that the country would 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.


Running order change

A few days before the second semi-final, it was announced that temporary executive supervisor Laura Rizzotto had approved a slight modification to the running order. This was due to an ongoing legal dispute with the French division of Elektra Records, and resulted in the Czech Republic and Romania swapping positions. As the dispute was not rectified, France and Albania had to swap positions in the final.