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In case you missed it, X Factor contestant Ellona Santiago proved she’s an up-and-coming diva during her recent Top 6 performance. The 17-year-old high school student may seem demure, but kitten’s got claws as she showed when taking on a diva song for the December 4 Live Show. For her first number of the evening, Ellona and her mentor/fellow diva, Demi Lovato, picked Lady Gaga’s “Applause,” which was all anyone could hear once Ellona finished performing.

Beside her stellar vocals, the teen queen was also rocking one of the night’s most eye-catching outfits. Designed by the show’s head of wardrobe, two-time Emmy Award winner Marina Toybina, the black leather get-up mixed both hard and soft elements, giving the beautiful songstress just the right edge.

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“My vision for the dress for Ellona’s performance costume was coming up with a leather bodysuit with a twist of elegance and edge,” Marina tells Wetpaint Entertainment. Made of black organic leather and silver-coated lace, the wardrobe choice gave Ellona that extra oomph she needed to catch America’s attention.

We already know she’s won over the judges. “I couldn’t be more proud of you,” gushed Demi. “You have the ability to take this competition.” Fellow judge Simon Cowell was equally impressed, telling the rising star, “I don’t know what’s happened to you over the last few weeks because you’ve gone from a mouse to being a little tiger.”

Marina also recently designed that jaw-droppingly hot red leather cutout bodysuit established diva Selena Gomez wore during her halftime performance at the Oakland Raiders and Dallas Cowboys’s Thanksgiving game.

For her duties over at X Factor, Marina says she looks to cultivate each contestant’s personal style and “guide them in developing their identifying stage presence.” One word sums up Ellona’s: fierce.

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Elisabeth Kramer is an Assistant Editor at Wetpaint Entertainment and our resident Downton Abbey expert. Follow her on Twitter and Google+!