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Wednesday, 20 June 2012 13:13

KKI: Stroke of Bad Luck for First Runner-Up

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The Committee of the 2012 edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza has been quite busy with all of the proceedings promising the viewers at home that this will be a bigger spectacle that what was seen last year when the event was organized for the twentieth time noting one major change with the audience seated throughout the whole evening, enjoying the twenty tracks at the comfort of their chairs. When one considers that this event has been around for such a long time, there is also to be noted the sheer prowess in terms of history and in fact, when looking at the last three years, it seems that the first runner-up has been hit by a stroke of misfortune noting absenteeism in the following year for some reason or another.

There has been consistent talk that the runner-up of one year does indeed try again in the following year and although this is not yet entirely proven, they are still missing the following year and one does tend to try and build momentum. In 2009, the runner-up of the competition was none other than Kaya who performed the track Lilek Biss written by Mark Spiteri Lucas and penned by Joe Chircop. Originally the song had qualified with the vocals of Annabelle who would go on to win the competition with the track 1964 composed by Philip Vella and penned by Mark Amaira. This was the third time in recent history that Kaya had finished in the top three but the following year, she did not make a comeback into the finals and thus could not do one better and be the first to win the competition twice!
Way back in 2010, the competition was said to be wide open noting that the emergent talent of a number of performers took place and in fact, one could note that the names were of the newfound famed artists. In the end it seemed that Amber won with the track Trid Tapprezza composed by Ray Agius and penned by Alfred C Sant. In second place that year was a newcomer by the name of Gloriana Arpa Belli whose song Fil-Mużika composed by Renato Briffa and penned by Doris Chetcuti was entirely differently. The performer, who is the daughter of 1972 Eurovision Song Contest representative; Helen Micallef has yet to make her return to the competition. It has not been proven whether she did try again because her name did not really come out as one of the second phase qualifiers.
The very last year in question is the most recent one, which was actually the twentieth edition of the competition. I believe that anyone who got through should be lucky in saying that they took part in a different type of setting for the very first time. The runner-up was also a noteworthy individual, because the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza nurtured Albertine u L-Qamħa from previous years having competed in the Talent Żagħżugħ portion. The track entitled Skont Id-Daqqa ż-Żifna composed by Dominic Cini and penned by Giovann Attard lost out to Mike Spiteri and his entry B'Rieda tal-Azzar written by Ray Agius. Once more, it has not been sanctioned whether there was a submission from the performers this time round but that means that for the third year in a row, the first runner-up of the previous edition is missing.
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