Rose ‘Osang’ Fostanes [via Southomer]
All the way to the final round, Filipina immigrant worker Rose “Osang” Fostanes did not fail to stun Israel.
The lone foreign contender clinched the title of the first “X Factor Israel” with her emotional rendition of Frank Sinatra’s classic “My Way,” beating local singers Eden Ben Zaken, Uri Shakiv, and Fushion group.
Fostanes earned standing ovation from awed audience and judges, including her mentor Shiri Maimon who became ecstatic after her performance.
“I just wanna thank you Rose. I love you so much. I’m proud of you. Thank you,” said the Israeli pop/R&B singer. “You won on the ‘X Factor Israel.’ You are the first winner and you deserve it.”
Fostanes thanked the massive support she received.
“Thank you so much for those people who vote on me and who believe in me. Thank you so much to all the Israeli who like my voice, who like my song, and to the all the Filipinos that supported me. Thank you so much to our ambassador who came here to witness (the show), and to my sister and my partner.
“Thank you so much thank to the Israeli who gave me chance to be in the ‘X Factor Israel’ even we are only Filipinos,” she gushed.
Despite winning, the Filipina rising star said she will continue working as a caregiver.
“My dream is to win this competition, but I have to go back to my work as a caregiver,” she told Reuters.
The immigrant worker of 20 years wants to be an inspiration to about 20,000 overseas Filipino workers that toil away in Israel. She hopes that her rise to stardom will train a spotlight on Israel’s low-paid foreign workers.
“I think I will be a leader for them because of what I did and I think also they will be proud of me.
“Everybody in the world will know that Filipinos, even working as a cleaner… can also share their talents,” she said.
In the Philippines, Fostanes’ family and neighbors in Taguig City celebrated her success. Her achievement also landed as a trending topic on Twitter.