Rose Fostanes Wins ‘X-Factor’ Israel

Rose Fostanes came to Israel six years ago to work as a caregiver. Now, she has become a certified reality TV star in that country, after she was declared the winner of the ‘X-Factor’ Israel singing competition Tuesday.

Winning the “Over 25” category, the 47-year-old overseas Filipino worker (OFW) beat Eden Ben Zaken (Girls), and Ori Shaki (Boys) from other categories.

“Thank you for giving me the chance to be in the ‘X Factor Israel,'” the 47-year-old overseas Filipino worker turned singing sensation said.

Rose Fostanes (center) after winning the reality show’s first season, 14 Jan 2014. ¬†Image courtesy of Reshet TV/X Factor Israel page on Facebook.

For her final songs, Fostanes sang Frank Sinatra’s “My Way”, and “If I Ain’t Got You” in a duet with her competition mentor Shiri Maimon, which earned the usual loud applause from the audience. In her Sinatra number, Fostanes sang to an orchestra and got a standing ovation from judges rock singer Rami Fortis, singer and composer Moshe Peretz, pop singer Ivri Lider, and Maimon.

The presence of her sister Nancy and partner Mel Adel, who flew to Israel a few days ago, made the night even more special.

Even before the final showdown, Fostanes has become the darling of the audience, as her performances often earn standing ovation and exposure to broadcast media.

She told Reuters in an interview that at first she thought Israelis won’t vote for her on the show, fearing the stereotype of Filipinas working as maids and caregivers would turn them off.

Rose Fostanes is the latest addition to a list of Filipinos who have made waves in singing competitions abroad, which include Jessica Sanchez, Jasmine Trias, Camile Velasco, Thia Megia and Ramiele Malubay.