The battle for the title of the first “X Factor Israel” is now down to four with Filipina immigrant worker Rose “Osang” Fostanes once again saved by the TV show's voters to advance one more step to the grand finals.
In the most recent episode, Fostanes belted out Kelly Clarkson’s pop ballad “Because Of You,” which was recommended by viewers. Fostanes said she wants to follow in the footsteps of the first "American Idol" winner.
“I think people should vote for me because I really need this badly. And because of you, because of your vote, maybe my life can change,” Fostanes said. “When I was young, I'm dreaming to be a singer and please don't (let) my dream end.”
The Philippine Ambassador to Israel Generoso D.G. Calonge was one of the Filipinos who watched the episode live, bearing flags and cheering Fostanes on.
The lone foreign contender from Shiri Maimon’s Over 25s group is joined in the Top 4 by Eden Ben Zaken (Rami Fortis’ Girls category), Uri Shakiv (Moshe Peretz’s Boys) and Fushion (Ivri Lider’s Group).
Fortis’ other mentee Inbal Bibi, on the other hand, was eliminated.
On Facebook, Maimon campaigned for Fostanes. The Israeli pop/R&B singer lauded her bet, not only for her fantastic vocals but for being a good soul.
[caption id="attachment_74640" align="aligncenter" width="960"] Rose Fostanes sings ‘Because of You’ (Photo from ‘X Factor Israel’)[/caption]
Apart from other overseas Filipino workers, Israelis are said to be rooting for the 47-year-old Filipina, dubbing her as Israel’s “newest star” and “national phenomenon,” according to a report on Associated Press in Jerusalem.
Fostanes has been working as an OFW for almost 20 years in the Middle East. She’s toiled away in the capital city of Tel Aviv for about six years.
“Of course, I love my life to be change. It was very hard. For 20 years of working as a metapelet not only on this country (but also) from another country. I think, it's enough for me. For 20 years of working, it's very long time," she said in a VTR. "I want to take out my family from sad story also because they are very poor in the Philippines."
Her family in Taguig City is proud of Fostanes’ victory.
“Malaki naitulong talaga ng kapatid ko, lalong-lalo sa akin. Kaya iyong mga anak ko kahit papano ginagapang namin mag-aral kasi nanay ko namatay ‘yun, talagang wala kaming pambiling gamot eh,” her sister Gina Camposano told “TV Patrol.”