Filipina Rose Fostanes, mentored by Shiri Maimon, was declared winner of the first edition of X Factor Israel Tuesday night (early morning in Manila live stream thru http://bit.ly/19svOW2). She sang Frank Sinatra‘s My Way with a twist. She made it her own, commanding standing ovation from the audience. She also had a duet with her mentor with Alicia Keys‘ If I Ain’t Got You.
Rose impressed the judges with Shirley Bassey‘s This Is My Life during the audition, where thousands tried their luck to get into the show, created by Simon Cowell in Great Britain, which has since had its own editions in the US and other countries including Rose’s home country, the Philippines. Right there and then she was told she had the x factor.
(Click link to view Rose’s winning rendition of My Way http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9XF-KyjD5nc)
The 46-year-old caregiver earned the respect of the judges and her fellow contestants some more when she rendered Lady Gaga‘s You And I in the boot camp for the first phase of judging.
“I feel that everybody is looking at me, like I am an alien. I’m afraid that maybe nobody will talk to me because the Israelis see Filipino working here as cleaning houses. Maybe they will get shocked that what’s this Filipino’s doing here. Communicating (to) people, this is a big challenge for me in the boot camp,” she said that time.
“You have to move (on), you have to fight, you have to make your best. Maybe it’s not too late for me to have a good life,” she ended her interview after going through the obstacle.
All things changed after that and she moved up the ladder from phase to phase, singing a variety of repertoire — like Purple Rain (Prince, sang along with two other qualifiers), Simply The Best (Tina Turner), Without You (Mariah Carey), Beautiful (Christina Aguilera), Born This Way (Lady Gaga), I Who Have Nothing (Tom Jones), Valerie (Amy Winehouse), Bohemian Rhapsody (Queen) and Because Of You (Kelly Clarkson).
In the Final 4 faceoff, first to be eliminated was the group Fusion, mentored by Ivri Lider, then Uri Shakiv, mentored by Moshe Peretz. It was just then between Rose and Eden Ben Zaken, mentored by Rami Fortis.
The Filipina cried when host Bar Refaeli announced that she’s the winner. Before that, the Israeli supermodel said that it did not matter where Rose came from and that she’s simply a beautiful human being and taught everyone else how is it to be human.
(Click link for the announcement of Rose as winner http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0cRN_-WDwFE)
One surprise for Rose was the arrival of her sister and her lover from Manila. It was arranged by X Factor as Shiri wanted to make sure Rose would feel good during the finals, which she did with aplomb.
Philippine Ambassador to Israel Generoso D. G. Calonge and hordes of Filipinos in Tel Aviv and other places were there to support Rose in her quest for the plum.
Before singing her winning song again, Rose thanked everyone who supported her — the Filipinos in Israel, the Israelis who believe in her talent and those at home.
Not only has Rose given face to the 20,000 or so Filipino workers in Israel but made every Filipino all over the globe proud once again. Calamity after calamity the Philippines has suffered, but there’s always something good that happens — wins in sporting events, crowns and titles brought home by Filipina queens, and Rose’s conquest of the acknowledged cradle of human civilization and Christianity through her powerful singing voice.
From metapelet to Israel’s newest singing sensation. That’s Rose Fostanes. Latest Pride of the Philippines.
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