Mzansi's Fezile Mkhize places second at Mr World 2019

By Oluthando Keteyi - 24 August 2019Views : 1953

Mr World England, Jack Heslewood, from Bishop Stortford on Friday evening won the coveted title of Mr World 2019 to become the ‘World’s most desirable man’.

Presented by Philippine actress, model, television presenter and former Miss World Megan Young and TV personality Mikael Daez, the grand finale was held at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, one of Asia’s largest indoor arenas.

The top three places went to

1.Mr World England

2.Mr World South Africa

3.Mr World Mexico

Representing their continents for the next 12 months:

Mr World Europe - Austria
Mr World Africa – South Africa
Mr World Asia Pacific - Philippines
Mr World Americas – Mexico
Mr World Caribbean - Dominican Republic

The final is the climax of a three-week festival that has taken the 72 contestants on a journey across the Philippines and pitted them against each other in a number of fast track challenges.

Fast track winners are guaranteed a place in Final Top 12. This year’s fast track winners were:

Sports Challenge – Mr World South Africa
Extreme Challenge Mr World Ireland
Talent – Mr World Tonga
Multimedia – Mr World Nepal
Top Model – Mr World Mexico

With the remaining seven places decided by the judges, to complete the final Top 12. These included:

Mr World Brazil
Mr World Dominican Republic
Mr World Austria
Mr World England
Mr World Northern Ireland
Mr World Philippines
Mr World Lebanon

From here the judges selected the contestants who would go through to the final five, in no particular order.

Mr World Brazil
Mr World Dominican Republic
Mr World England
Mr World Mexico
Mr World South Africa

Reigning Mr World, Rohit Khandelwal was on stage to pass over his reign as the ‘World’s most desirable man’ to his successor

Performances this year were by Kris Lawrence who sang a Bruno Mars mashup of Versace On The Floor and That's What I Like, Kimi Mugford performed Adele's One and Only and Alyssa Muhlach singing Never Enough from The Greatest Showman

The judging panel included:

Korina Sanchez Roxas, multi-award-winning journalist and TV host, broadcast icon and one of the country’s key opinion leaders Arnold Vegafria National Director of Miss and Mr World Philippines Ben Chan, Chairman and Founder of BENCH the Philippines’ largest clothing and lifestyle brand Vanessa Ponce De León, reigning Miss World Stephanie Del Valle, Miss World 2015 and ‘Beauty With A Purpose Ambassador’ Andrew Minarik, international hair and make-up stylist Ksenia Sukhinova, Russian actress, TV host and Miss World 2008
Mike Dixon Musical Director, Conductor & Composer, for London West End theatre, TV & radio
Donna Derby, Stage Director and Choreographer Simon Bowen, Choreographer

Julia Morley was Chairman of the judging panel.