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Ellona Santiago’s elimination from The X Factor had jaws dropping all around with her mentor Demi Lovato venting her frustration online almost immediately after the December 5 announcement.

What the fk?!?!?! She should have won!!!,” Dems tweeted and we have to agree with the sentiment (minus the bad language, of course). There’s a lot of A-list talent left in the competition but after Ellona’s stellar Live Show performances during the December 4 episode, the 17-year-old sweetheart seemed like she was headed for the semifinals.

Sadly, however, it wasn’t meant to be with Ellona sent home even before the “Save Me Song” part of the night. So what went wrong for the diva-to-be?

As is so often the case in music competition reality shows like X Factor, it might have all come down to song choice. Ellona took on two huge numbers last night —  “Applause” by Lady Gaga and Beyoncé’s “If I Were a Boy.” By doing songs so beloved by viewers at home, Ellona set herself up for some harsh criticism and this time around, it seems she just couldn’t measure up.

But that doesn’t mean Ellona still won’t be the next Gaga or Bey. The girl’s got all the talent, style, and attitude needed to be a star. She may not have claimed the Season 3 X Factor title but we’re expecting to see Ellona Santiago’s name up in lights very, very soon.

What did you make of Ellona’s elimination? A complete shocker or not exactly a surprise. Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: Demi Lovato on Twitter

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