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National Song Contest: Looking Back is an annual television program produced and aired by New Cambria Television. It is a companion program to the New Cambria National Song Contest, and is broadcast live each year on the evening following the Grand Final. The program invites all the finalists (and, on occasion, some non-qualifiers) to discuss their experiences and gauge their reactions to the results. Also, several companion awards are given out to contestants, the categories of which have changed over the years. The 2010 special will last 90-minutes. It was previously one hour (2004-2006) or two hours (2007-2009) long.

2004[]

The first edition of Looking Back was broadcast on Sunday, 5 December 2004, and was hosted by Darcy Hiller who also co-presented the contest with Travis Egan. Each of the ten finalists appeared on the program. Runner-up Gretchen Carlson commented that she had a dream the night before the final that she came in second place, and fourth-placed Hillary Williams stated that she accidentally bit her tongue while singing during the final.

Award Winner Rank Score
Contestants' Choice Promises - Brian Trask 3rd 142
Best Semi-Final Act Can't Stop Now - Kevin Capo DNQ
Best Composition NightSong - Kyle Mason 1st 167
Best Performance Steal a Moment - Gretchen Carlson 2nd 154
Best Dressed Gretchen Carlson 2nd 154

2005[]

The second edition of Looking Back was broadcast on Sunday, 4 December 2005, from Television Centre in Arvant, and was hosted by Darcy Hiller. Each of the ten finalists appeared on the program.

Award Winner Rank Score
Contestants' Choice You Light My Fire - Juliet Walrond 2nd 150
Best Semi-Final Act Sans toi - Roxette Jordan DNQ
Best Composition Fantasies - Jonathan Fiori 8th 82
Best Performance Jekan kesalat - Mađalo 4th 130
Best Dressed Mary Christopher 7th 86

2006[]

2007[]

2008[]

The fifth edition of Looking Back was broadcast on Sunday, 7 December 2008. Noah Kavanagh hosted the program and comedienne Amy Sedaris was also a special guest. All ten finalists appeared in the show. A short skit was performed during the announcement of the award for Best Dressed; Samantha Keller began a long, Acaedmy Award-type acceptance speech, and refused to yield the stage when Kavanagh asked her to stop, shouting "this is all I have!" This was particularly humourous considering that Keller came in last place in the Grand Final the night before. The staff of Spin magazine commended Keller for her good sportsmanship and graciousness in poking fun at her own result in the following week's issue.

Award Winner Rank Score
Contestants' Choice Keep on Moving - Karen Johns 1st 188
Best Semi-Final Act Quand tu reviendras - Cassandra Delmar DNQ
Best Composition Lumahan - Sarah Jađehe (tie) 2nd 168
Douar Nevez - Roger Picard (tie) 4th 129
Best Performance Keep on Moving - Karen Johns 1st 188
Best Dressed Samantha Keller 10th 27
David Dejardin 5th 115

2009[]

The sixth edition of Looking Back aired on Sunday, 13 December 2009. Noah Kavanagh hosted the event. Much of the two-hour show was spent discussing the behaviour of Jacqueline Clayson, who was heavily favoured by the jury but virtually ignored by the televoting public, and finished an unexpected 7th place despite being a pre-contest favourite. Clayson, who earlier in the day had lambasted the contest in an interview with a Newfoundland radio station, refused to take part in the Looking Back special, which Kavanagh tried to make light of by placing an empty "Clayson Chair" in the centre of the stage to represent the absent performer. Toward the end of the show, a YouTube video captured from a mobile phone was shown of Clayson storming out of the contestants' green room just after the final set of points were announced, which gave the victory to Jake Dunigan and not to her. After seeing the video, Kavanagh remarked, "Ooh, icy."

A new companion award made its debut at the 2009 special: the Press Award, which is given to a finalist based on the votes of all accredited members of the press covering the event. The Best Dressed Award was not given out this year, because the contest's sponsorship agreement with Spin magazine was not renewed after the 2008 contest. This was the second year in which the winning song failed to receive any companion awards (the first was 2005).

Award Winner Rank Score
Contestants' Choice Laisser-nous croire - Amélie Bourque 4th 137
Best Semi-Final Act Child of Creation - Elizabeth Rowe DNQ
Best Composition Ahet - Sarah Jađehe 5th 127
Best Performance The Way it Used to Be - Velocity 3rd 158
Press Award The Fire is Burning - Selma Kljajić and James Skerritt 2nd 172

Companion Awards[]

  • Contestants' Choice: Each of the finalists votes for their favorite songs in the same manner as the juries. Contestants cannot vote for themselves.
  • Best Semi-Final Act: Jurors vote for the best song that was eliminated in any of the Semi-Finals or the Wild Card round. This award was not given out in 2006 or 2007.
  • Best Composition: Jurors vote for the song with the best music and lyrics. For this award, only audio recordings are used to determine the winner.
  • Best Performance: Jurors vote for the best stage performance. Vocals, dancing and camera direction are taken into account.
  • Press Award: Accredited members of the press covering the contest vote on their favourite finalist.
  • Best Dressed: Editors of Spin magazine voted for the best dressed performer in the final. Occasionally two awards would be given out, one for the best dressed male and female performers. This award was given out from 2004 to 2008, and replaced by the Press Award in 2009.

Contestants' Choice[]

Year Song Performer Final Rank Score
2004 "Promises" Brian Trask 3rd 142
2005 "You Light My Fire" Juliet Walrond 2nd 150
2006 "Learn to Let Go" Res Publica 4th 119
2007 "Loved Ones" David Broome 1st 185
2008 "Keep on Moving" Karen Johns 1st 188
2009 "Laisser-nous croire" Amélie Bourque 4th 137
2010

Best Semi-Final Act[]

Year Song Performer Rank Score
2004 "Can't Stop Now" Kevin Capo 8th in Semi-Final 3 54
2005 "Sans toi" Roxette Jordan 5th in Wild Card 63
2008 "Quand tu reviendras" Cassandra Delmar 3rd in Wild Card 113
2009 "Child of Creation" Elizabeth Rowe 7th in Semi-Final 2 8

Best Composition[]

Year Song Performer Final Rank Score
2004 "NightSong" Kyle Mason 1st 167
2005 "Fantasies" Jonaton Fiori 8th 82
2006 "The Inner Light" Cadence in Time 1st 189
2007 "Dis rien" Aimée Ferrer 2nd 157
2008 "Lumahan" (tie)
"Douar Nevez" (tie)
Sarah Jađehe
Roger Picard
2nd
4th
168
129
2009 "Ahet" Sarah Jađehe 5th 127
2010

Best Performance[]

Year Song Performer Final Rank Score
2004 "Steal a Moment" Gretchen Carlson 2nd 154
2005 "Jekan kesalat" Mađalo 4th 130
2006 "The Inner Light" Cadence in Time 1st 189
2007 "Loved Ones" David Broome 1st 185
2008 "Keep on Moving" Karen Johns 1st 188
2009 "The Way it Used to Be" Velocity 3rd 158
2010

Press Award[]

Year Song Performer Final Rank Score
2009 "The Fire is Burning" Selma Kljajić & James Skerritt 2nd 172
2010

Best Dressed (2004-2008)[]

Year Performer Final Rank Score
2004 Gretchen Carlson 2nd 154
2005 Mary Christopher 7th 86
2006 Mary Christopher 8th 83
2007 Aimée Ferrer 2nd 157
2008 Samantha Keller
David Dejardin
10th
5th
27
115
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