Miss Ireland Rosanna Davison was crowned Miss World 2003 last night in China's first international beauty pageant, an event that would have once been branded western bourgeoise decadence. Davison, a 19-year-old sociology student from Dublin, is the daughter of Lady in Red singer Chris de Burgh. Second place went to Miss Canada, 24-year-old Nazanin Afshin-Jam, while Miss China, Guan Qi, took third. 'I love you, China,' the delighted 21-year-old fashion designer from Jilin province said. This year's contest, held in Sanya on Hainan island, saw 106 beauty queens parade their looks and talents at the Beauty Crown Theatre. While celebrating the third-place ranking, the local crowd was also thrilled to hear the announcement that next year's Miss World competition would also be held in China. The organisers said that while the location had yet to be finalised, it would most likely be in Shanghai, Xian or back in Hainan. Before the grand final, Davison had been the hot favourite to win after already tasting victory in the Miss Beach Beauty and a beauty pageant Webmaster vote. She described herself as a 'warm, fun-loving, humble person, and hopefully a great ambassador for my country'. After she won, de Burgh hugged her and said: 'Congratulations, Rosie, now you are more famous than me.' The proud father said he was bowled over by his daughter's win. 'She's so gracious. She really has something.' Davison, wearing a hot-pink dress with silver panels flared from the knee, looked remarkably composed as she accepted the tiara. 'I don't know what's wrong,' she said later. 'I'm surprisingly calm, but I was close to tears after the final five were announced.' Tickets to witness the extravaganza cost US$80 to US$2,000. Chen Rong, a 43-year-old mother from Hainan, said she had paid US$6,000 for three tickets for herself and her two young children. 'It's world famous,' she said as they entered the stadium more than three hours before the pageant began. 'I really wanted me and the children to see it.' Organisers estimate the event was watched by about two billion people in more than 70 countries.