Ellona Santiago made it through to the Top 12 of “The X-Factor USA”!

The 17-year-old Filipino-American singer Ellona Santiago made it to the Top 12 of “The X-Factor USA” on Tuesday night!


Her standout rendition of Britney Spears’ “Til The World Ends” wowed the judges and even a standing ovation from her coach Demi Lovato.

This is what the judges has to say on her performance!

Kelly Rowland:

“That was so magical and you were on fire and the fact that you were [dancing] and singing at the same time is so impressive. You are going to be one to watch in the competition. Demi, you cannot let her go.”


Paulina Rubio:

“Wow, wow, wow! That was the best opening for this. This is the live show. That’s unbelievable. I loved you from the beginning until the end. Congratulations. Really a good job.”

Simon Cowell:

“I could remember there was some indecision from Demi whether she’s going to put you through or not and I kind of feel responsible. I believed in you. I was right. What I love about you, Ellona, is that you’re here to win it, not just to take part in a competition but to win it and go on to a solo record. If she’s one of my girls, I’d keep her.”

Demi Lovato:

“I am so proud of you. I gave you a standing ovation. I don’t know if you saw it. You really, really kicked butt and I’m so proud you worked it and you were a true diva up there. You were amazing.”

The other contestants to join Santiago in the top 12 are Rion Paige, Khaya Cohen, Carlito Olivera, Carlos Guevera, Tim Olstad, Rachel Potter, Jeff Gutt, Lillie McCloud, Restless Road, Alex and Sierra and Sweet Suspense.

Watch her performance below:

‘The X Factor USA’ Season 2 Airs on Studio 23!

Studio 23 today announced it has acquired the rights to air the highly-anticipated second season of the hit talent search “The X Factor USA” via satellite very soon with judges Simon Cowell, L.A.Reid, and newly-signed and talked about judges— singer-actress Demi Lovato and multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning pop icon Britney Spears.

After months of rumors and hearsays that the two will be filling in on the vacant seats left by former judges Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger, Britney and Demi made it official to the public during Fox’s presentation for its 2012-2013 offerings held in New York recently.

“I couldn’t be more excited to join ‘The X Factor’ judging panel. I’m a huge fan of the show and now I get to be a part of the action. Simon and L.A. better watch out!” said Spears in an official release from Fox.

For 19-year-old ‘Camp Rock’ star, she is just thrilled just by being part of such a legendary group of judges. Lovato said, “To be able to spend each week with Simon, L.A. and Britney watching the best that America has to offer is truly a dream come true.”

“The X Factor” producer and notorious talent show judge Simon Cowell expressed how happy he is that Britney and Demi are officially on board. “I’m absolutely delighted Britney and Demi are joining us,” he said. “Britney remains one of the biggest stars in the world, she’s talented, fascinating – and I believe she knows exactly how to spot the ‘x factor.’ Demi’s had an amazing career in music, TV and film for someone her age. She’s young, confident, and enthusiastic. I think it’s really important that she speaks to our younger audience. The new panel will be dynamic and will work really well with the changes we are making to the show.”

Cowell is yet to announce who will host the second season of “The X Factor USA,” replacing season one host Steve Jones.

Spears is one of the most successful and celebrated entertainers in pop history. Her musical career boasts nearly 100 million albums sold worldwide and countless awards and accolades, including the 2011 MTV Video Vanguard Award and Billboard’s Best-Selling Female Artist of the Decade (1998-2008). So far, Spears has earned a total of five No.1 debut albums and 24 Top 40 songs in her career.

Meanwhile, Lovato is an accomplished singer and actress with a devoted and engaged young fan base. Her single, “Skyscraper,” off of her most recent album, “Unbroken,” recently went platinum, while the video for her new single, “Give Your Heart a Break,” already has garnered 10 million YouTube views. Her first album, “Don’t Forget,” debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart and her second album, “Here We Go Again,” debuted at No. 1.

This June, Filipinos will also have the chance to show their ‘x factor’ as ABS-CBN localizes the worldwide hit franchise and produces “The X Factor Philippines” with KC Concepcion as host and Martin Nievera, Gary Valenciano, Charice, and Pilita Corrales sitting on the judges panel.

Aside from “The X Factor” franchise, Studio 23 also serves as home to another phenomenal hit singing competition, “The Voice.” Now on its second season with judges Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, and Cee Lo Green and host Carson Daly, “The Voice” will air every Saturday and Sunday on the Kabarkada Network beginning Saturday (May 26). Catch the live show on Saturdays at 5:30 PM and the results show on Sundays at 6:30 PM. A back-to-back replay of both episodes will also come your way every Monday at 6 PM.

Keep tuning in on Studio 23 for the most watched and talked about talent searches today, “The X Factor USA” and “The Voice.” For more information, log on to www.studio23.tv or follow its official Twitter account @s23channel.

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