First performer of Miss World 2018 announced

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The Voice UK runner up, 17 year old Donel Mangena, has arrived in Sanya ahead of Saturday’s 68th Miss World Final.

The teenager, who was coached on The Voice by singer will.i.am, and has performed at the Queen’s 92nd birthday party in April; has launched his new single, Bang like a drum, which he will be performing on the show.

Donel says his passion for music stems from growing up singing in the church and working with his dad on music projects.

Donel further stated: “I’m so excited to be here with Miss World in Sanya because it is my first time here and I’ve always wanted to come to China. Performing at the final is a chance to inspire everyone who knows me and looks up to me. The contestants do such great work for their countries as part of Beauty With A Purpose and hearing their stories makes me want to give something back. My motto is work hard, pray hard and dream big and that is really what Miss World is all about.”

On the world’s biggest stage in Sanya, Donel follows in the footsteps of other great performers who have graced the Miss World stage; including Lionel Richie, Boyzone, Alexander O’Neill, Westlife, Duncan James, McFly, Shane Ward, Diversity, Matt Cardle and The Vamps.

The Miss World Final comes to you live from the Sanya Stadium on Saturday 8th December.

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