Donel Mangena Misses Out On The Voice UK, Comes Second

Donel Mangena, the 16-year old British-Zimbabwean singer came second in The Voice UK show after narrowly missing out to 18-year-old Ruti Olajugbagbe. Donel who has also been asked to perform at Queen Elizabeth’s 92nd birthday celebrations sang, Major Lazer, Justin Bieber and MØ’s Cold Water and DJ Snake and Justin Bieber’s Let Me Love You.

Speaking after the loss, Donel said,

Thank you so much. I’ve loved every second of it. To have come runner-up, it’s amazing. Working with will.i.am has been my highlight. I’m so happy, as happy as Ruti.

Donel Was coached by Black-eyed-peas singer, Will.i.am. Here is Donel’s performance in the final,


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Donel Mangena

Donel Mangena is a British-Zimbabwean aspiring musician who lives in Southampton, England. He performed on the popular music show, 'The Voice ' in January 2018 and was given a recording contract by Black Eyed Peas, Willy I am on the day. Zimbabwe Teenager Donel Mangena’s... Read More About Donel Mangena

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9 comments on “Donel Mangena Misses Out On The Voice UK, Comes Second

  1. Thanks for your time at the voice you have put your consideration to help Zimbabwe to be on the map of wold keep on going don’t stop believing in your self

  2. lets hope will.i.am offers him a record deal he is a good singer and deserves to record but i admit i was rooting for ruti

  3. Well done Donel. You are a Rising Star. Your success will motivate all the young Zimbabweans to work harder with the hope of a better future.
    Siyabonga bakoMangena!!!

  4. I think Donel is very good but the final was his worst performance on the voice. Even when he sang cold water he didn’t seem as energetic as his initial performances. But taking nothing away from him, he is a wonderful artist and Will promised a single with Donel after the show ends so lets see how it goes.

    1. Yes! Donel’s performance and playful spirit are infectious. HIs opening “Cold Water” and battle-duet “Rain” were his best. Wil.i.am over-produced Donel after that…with best intentions. Donel’s finale “Cold Water” was missing his flirtatious spunk and second level rhythms. I love, love the way Donel mixes in Zimbabwe language. Will someone please translate and post the Z words Donel adds to Cold Water & Rain? I’d rather listen to Donel perform than rappers or Ruti any day.

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