Donel the ‘Superstar’ tipped to win the Voice UK finale tonight

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Donel Mangena the United Kingdom born Zimbabwean contestant in the Voice UK who came out as runner up has inspired a Mutare based filmmaker Amanda Ranganawa to want to start a Zimbabwean version of the reality show.

…Donel to sing the only party song in the finale with Will.i.am

Ngoni Dapira

THE latest odds statics this week tipped the United Kingdom born Zimbabwean contestant in The Voice UK Donel Mangena to win this year’s edition of the competition in the finale which will be held tonight (Saturday).

The other three finalist that made it through are Lauren Bannon (Team Olly), Ruti Olajugbagbe (Team Tom) and Belle Voci team (JHud). According to the odds statistics this week Donel had 4-6, followed by Ruti with 13-8, Lauren 16-1 and the opera music duo Bele Voci had 16-1 as well.

The Voice UK coaches at their chairs.

After splendid performances of Bruno Mars’ Finesse and last week’s rendition of Pharell Williams’ Happy which sealed his spot in the final, Donel will tonight perform the party song ‘OMG’ by Usher featuring his coach Will.i.am. All the four finalists are expected to sing with their coaches and Donel, not surprisingly, is the only contestant that went for a party song whilst the others went for relatively old classic, slow jams.

Ruti with her coach Tom Jones will sing ‘A wonderful world’ by Louis Armstrong, while Lauren with coach Olly Murs chose ‘Ain’t no mountains high enough’ by Marvin Gaye, Tammi Terrell and Diana Ross and Bele Vocci with coach Jennifer Hudson went for ‘My heart will go on’ by Celine Dion.

Throughout the competition Donel has been called a ‘superstar’ by all the judges and has been matched to be a great performer like renowned international performers such as Usher and Chris Brown, so his choice of singing Usher’s OMG song, which actually features his coach in the original version, is a splendid choice.

The 16-year old Donel who was born in the UK but stayed with his grandmother in Luveve in Bulawayo from three months of age till he was old enough to go to High School in the United Kingdom has been the highlight of the show since the beginning and to sum it all up there is no befitting honour for the budding artiste than his invitation to perform at Queen Elizabeth’s 92 birthday party later this month.

“Donel is a really special artist, he’s fantastic. He’s only had three performances on TV and he gets that. Do you know how many times we’ve had to perform and we ain’t got no letter!,” said his coach Will.i.am during the show in awe of the young artiste.

The final will take place tonight at 8:30pm. Only one can win the £100,000 and record deal with Republic Records and the final again like the semi-finals is in the hands of the viewing public that will vote.

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