Conor Maynard adds Sunderland to his ‘Dora the Explorer’ adventure

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INTERNET sensation Conor Maynard said he feels like “Dora the Explorer” when he stopped to chat before heading on stage.

The 20-year-old, from Brighton, who left the Stadium as soon as his performance was over, said his new found fame has taken him all over the world.

“I’ve been to some of the most random parts of the world,” he said.

“I’ve been to Medina, in Italy, Rye, in America, and Andora.”

Conor, who was mentored by RnB star Pharrell Williams, and has collaborated with the likes of Ne-Yo, was sixth on stage at North East Live on Saturday.

“This is my second stadium gig,” he said. “And I’m pleased it’s in the North East.

“Everyone always says the further North you go the crazier and crazier the crowds get.”

Conor, whose debut single Contrast went straight to number one, performed some of his hits including Can’t Say No and Vegas Girl at the gig on Saturday, as well as covers of Swedish House Mafia’s Don’t You Worry Child and Daft Punk’s Get Lucky.

He said: “The way that I started – the way I’ve got my album out now – was I started posting covers on line when I was 15 or 16.

“So in honour my roots of doing covers, I’m doing two today.

“One’s a song that’s really, really popular at the moment so I hope it’ll go down well.”

The teen heartthrob, whose fans are nick-named Mayniacs, also managed to drop a few big names into the conversation after finding out Rihanna had played at the Black Cats stadium on Thursday.

“Is she still here?” He said.

“I met Rihanna on a flight from LA to London – I don’t know how she’d heard about me.

“I was just sitting and I felt someone tap me on the shoulder.

“She just said she wanted to say congratulations on everything and well done on the album.

“She’s really nice.”