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2005 National Song Contest
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Date: 3 December 2005
Presenters: Darcy Hiller
Sean Stivers
Venue: Brock Carter Memorial Arena, Arvant
Submissions: 577
Director: Jay Stone
Commentators: Adam Portnoy (English, Radio only)
Eve Grosvenor (French, TV & Radio)
Viewing figures: ~1,710,900
Voting: 50% Jury; 50% Televote/SMS
Televotes cast: 106,173
Interval act: Kyle Mason
Winner: I Wish You Well performed by Sarah-Anne Kerrigan
◄ 20042006 ►

The 2005 New Cambria National Song Contest was the second running of New Cambria Television's popular annual music competition. It consisted of three Semi-Final rounds broadcast on Saturday evenings between 5 November and 19 November; a Wild-Card semi-final on 26 November, and a Grand Final gala held on 3 December. A total of 577 songs were submitted, an increase of 18% over the previous year. Twenty-eight-year-old Sarah-Anne Kerrigan of Southport won the contest with the song "I Wish You Well."

Format[]

According to the rules, songwriters, composers and performers were required to be citizens of New Cambria. The maximum song length was set at three minutes, thirty seconds. No more than three people could share credit for composing the song, and no more than three people could share credit for writing the lyrics. A maximum of four performers were allowed on stage.

The open submissions period ended on 9 September, and a total of 577 songs were received. From the 577 submissions, a panel of judges selected 110 songs to present to the contest's organizers. The 110 shortlisted songs were then handed to a fifteen-person jury of music professionals, NCT staff and other members of the public ranging in age from from teens to fifties. This jury was given the task of narrowing the 110 songs down to a final list of twenty-four. The 24 songs that were selected to appear in the Semi-Finals were presented to the public on 7 October, and assigned starting positions in the Semi-Finals by draw later that same day.

The three highest-scoring songs in each Semi-Final automatically qualified for the Grand Final gala on 3 December. In addition, the fourth- and fifth-placed songs in each Semi-Final were selected to compete in the Wild Card Semi-Final on 26 November. The highest scoring song in the Wild Card Semi-Final joined the nine qualified songs in the Grand Final.

In each event, half of the total score came from a panel of ten jurors, and the other half came from telephone voting. The juries were composed of musicians, singers, NCT personnel and fans. For the 2005 contest, the window of time during which viewers could vote was five minutes, and a maximum number of votes per telephone number was ten. The charge for casting a vote was 10c. NCT entertainment correspondents Darcy Hiller and Sean Stivers hosted the events. The prize money awarded to the winners was set at ₤125,000, to be divided equally amongst the composer(s), songwriter(s) and performer(s).

Grand Final Gala[]

The Grand Final was broadcast at 8:00pm on 3 December, from the Brock Carter Memorial Arena in Arvant, St. George's County. Following the voting period and preceding the announcement of the results, Kyle Mason, the winner of the 2004 National Song Contest, performed three songs from his upcoming studio album as an interval act, including "NightSong," his winning contest entry..

In the Grand Final, the ten-member jury panel ranked the songs, and awarded them 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 points, with the favourite receiving 10 points. The jury panel included American comedienne Amy Sedaris and Steven Page, the lead singer from Canadian band Barenaked Ladies.

The telephone and SMS votes were totaled and assigned the weight of 10 individual juror's votes. The songs received 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90 and 100 points, with the highest-ranking song receiving 100 points. A total of 106,173 valid votes were cast.

Results[]

Song Performer Jury Televote Score Rank
01 Fantasies Jonathan Fiori 52 30 82 8
02 Jekan Kesalat Mađalo 50 80 130 4
03 You Light My Fire Juliet Walrond 60 90 150 2
04 Do You Remember? Calicos 52 50 102 6
05 Call Me Treo 62 60 122 5
06 Me Mođes Stuart Kav 43 20 63 9
07 Like Lovers Do Kevin Altan 75 70 145 3
08 I Wish You Well Sarah-Anne Kerrigan 76 100 176 1
09 Crossing The Bridge Mary Christopher 46 40 86 7
10 Another Night Danny Williams 34 10 44 10

Jury Scoresheet[]

Song J1 J2 J3 J4 J5 J6 J7 J8 J9 J10 Total
01 Fantasies 7 1 6 10 3 3 7 5 5 5 52
02 Jekan Kesalat 6 3 9 3 4 5 3 1 10 6 50
03 You Light My Fire 9 7 5 4 6 8 1 9 9 2 60
04 Do You Remember? 5 10 8 1 2 4 6 6 1 9 52
05 Call Me 8 9 4 6 8 6 2 8 4 7 62
06 Me Mođes 1 4 3 7 10 2 4 3 8 1 43
07 Like Lovers Do 4 5 10 9 9 9 8 10 7 4 75
08 I Wish You Well 10 6 7 8 7 10 10 2 6 10 76
09 Crossing The Bridge 2 8 1 5 1 7 5 7 2 8 46
10 Another Night 3 2 2 2 5 1 9 4 3 3 34

Televoting[]

Song Votes Points
01 Fantasies 7,510 30
02 Jekan Kesalat 16,845 80
03 You Light My Fire 17,930 90
04 Do You Remember? 9,104 50
05 Call Me 10,342 60
06 Me Mođes 1,797 20
07 Like Lovers Do 13,530 70
08 I Wish You Well 19,041 100
09 Crossing The Bridge 8,825 40
10 Another Night 1,249 10

Semi-Finals[]

Semi-Final One Semi-Final Two Semi-Final Three
Me Mođes Do You Remember? I Heard It From You
Call Me Midnight Jekavete Ansaleves
Come On All To Myself Crossing The Bridge
We've Got Tonight Sans Toi Tomorrow
I Wish You Well Like Lovers Do Jekan Kesalat
You Light My Fire Another Night Look At Me
Living A Lie Ne Crois Pas Fantasies
Goodbye The Long Winter Am I The One?
Colors key: Qualified to Grand Final; Wild Card Semi-Final; Eliminated

Wild Card Semi-Final[]

Wild Card Semi-Final
I Heard It From You
Living A Lie
Midnight
Sans Toi
Look At Me
You Light My Fire
Colors key: Qualified to Grand Final; Eliminated


New Cambria National Song Contest
Editions 20042005200620072008200920102011
Winners Kyle MasonSarah-Anne KerriganCadence in TimeDavid BroomeKaren JohnsJake DuniganGlenna St. Martin
Runners-Up Gretchen CarlsonJuliet WalrondJacqueline ClaysonAimée FerrerSarah JađeheSelma Kljajić & James SkerrittCadence in Time
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