Fil-Am enters ‘X Factor USA’ Top 12

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Contrary to the title of her number, a world of opportunities has just opened to Filipino-American Ellona Santiago who is now in the top 12 of the “X Factor USA.”


Santiago’s swinging performance of Britney Spears’ “Till The World Ends” prompted coach Demi Lovato to give her a standing ovation and call her “true diva.”

“You really, really kicked butt and I’m so proud you worked it and you were a true diva up there. It was amazing,” said Demi.

For Judge Paulina Rubio, Santiago’s performance was the “best opening” number for the Top 16 first live show, saying “Wow, wow, wow.”

“That’s unbelievable. I loved you from the beginning ‘til end. Congratulations. Really a good job,” Rubio continued.

Judge Kelly Rowland was also impressed by Santiago’s “magical” performance in that she can dance and sing at the same time.

“You are gonna be one to watch in this competition. Demi, you cannot let her go,” she said.

Meanwhile, Simon Cowell, who is known for his scathing critical remarks, gave plaudits to the 17-year-old singer.

“What I love about you, Ellona, is that you’re here to win it, not just to take part in this silly competition but to win it try to go on to a solo record. If she’s one of my girls, I’d keep her,” Cowell remarked.

Santiago was born in the Philippines but raised in the United States. She’s currently studying in San Lorenzo, California.

Along with Santiago in the top 12 are Khaya Cohen, Rion Paige, Carlos Guevara, Carlito Olivero, Tim Olstad, Jeff Gutt, Lillie McCloud, Rachel Potter, Alex & Sierra, Restless Road and Sweet Suspense. Manila Bulletin

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