The Origin Song Contest 05
TOSC 05 Logo
Semi-final 1 date TBA 2018
Semi-final 2 date TBA 2018
Final date TBA 2018
Venue Ergo Arena
Gdańsk-Sopot, Poland
Presenter(s) Anna Popek
Broadcaster TVP
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
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.

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


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

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.


Semi-final 1

Malta, Poland and the United Kingdom will also vote in this semi-final.

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Flag of Norway Norway Emilie Adams "Aliens"
02 Flag of Switzerland Switzerland Levin "What is Love"
03 Flag of Portugal Portugal Grandfather's House "You Got Nothing to Lose"
04 Flag of Slovakia Slovakia Veronika Rabada "Zabudni"
05 Flag of Cyprus Cyprus Polina Christodoulou "Apoxoro"
06 Flag of Bulgaria Bulgaria Maria "Tuk i sega"
07 Flag of San Marino San Marino Federica Abbate "Fiori sui balconi"
08 Flag of Iceland Iceland Ásgeir "Heimförin"
09 Flag of Andorra Andorra Andermay "En Azul"
10 Flag of Belgium Belgium Charlotte "Fuis"
11 Flag of Spain Spain PAVVLA "Planets and Stars"
12 Flag of Belarus Belarus Angelina Pipper "Dziva"
13 Flag of Faroe Islands Faroe Islands JASMIN "Baby Blue"
14 Flag of Serbia Serbia Ivana Krunić & Tea Tairović "Brat na brata"
15 Flag of Hungary Hungary Dér Heni "Meghalok"
16 Flag of Azerbaijan Azerbaijan Aisel "Others"
17 Flag of Greece Greece Elena Tsagkrinou "Pame ap' tin arhi"

Semi-final 2

Finland, Latvia and the Netherlands will also vote in this semi-final.

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


Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
Flag of Finland Finland Jaana Pelkonen "Jaana Pelkonen"
Flag of Latvia Latvia Zane Dombrovska "Man tas netiek klāt"
Flag of Malta Malta Airport Impressions "Ivy"
Flag of Netherlands Netherlands PLEUN "Reverse"
Flag of Poland Poland Lor "Windmill"
Flag of United Kingdom United Kingdom Hannah Jane Lewis "Why Start a War"

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.


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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