Filipina singer Bella Santiago becomes first Filipina to reach X Factor Romania live shows

IMAGE Screengrab from The X Factor Romania

29-year-old Filipina Bella Santiago will advance to the live shows of The X Factor Romania after beating finalist Christian Sanda during the show's November 30 episode.

Filipina singer Bella Santiago advanced to the next round of The X Factor Romania Season 8.

During the show's November 30 episode, the 29-year-old singer belted out Bonnie Tyler's 1983 hit song "Total Eclipse of the Heart."

Bella's performance allowed her to outshine finalist Christian Sanda in the Duel round.

Bella, who belongs to mentor Delia Matache's Over 24s team, is the first Filipina to reach the live shows of The X Factor Romania.

Delia admitted that she had a hard time choosing between Bella and Christian.

She remarked, "It was fantastic. I have no words!"

Judge Stefan Banica commented, "Applause for both contestants. That is what I call a duel!

"You chose two well-known pieces and my favorite ones. It was a risk for you, Christian. The difference is you've shown a different side of you.

"Bella showed a different kind of artistry. You have two extremely competitive contestants."

Bella is set to compete with other seven contestants in The X Factor Romania's first live show on December 9.


Here is Bella's performance of "Total Eclipse of the Heart."


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