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X-Factor Gives Lovely Bday Gift to Filipina Caregiver Rose Fostanes

Fostanes is poised to win X-Factor Israel in tonight's season finale event

By: Daniel Koren
Published: January 14th, 2014 in News » Israel
Rose Fostanes

Rose Fostanes, the 47-year-old Filipina caregiver who has been making waves in Israel thanks to her sensational voice on Israeli X-Factor, is poised to win the competition tonight on the show's Finale.

In anticipation of the event this evening, the production crew of the show decided to give her a special gift indeed: reuniting her with her sister and partner of 30 years, neither of whom she's seen for the past two years.

Fostanes' partner, 53-year-old Mel, and sister Nancy, 43, had never been to Israel before as they couldn't afford it; Rose had been sending them money since she's been in Israel to help them out.

Rose has talked often about her partner and sister on the show and, given her popularity, it was a nice gesture, and great marketing for the crew behind X-Factor Israel.


Rose, who turned 47 last week, began to cry as Mel and Nancy appeared at the X-Factor stage in Tel Aviv during rehearsal. It was certainly a wonderful birthday present.

"Now I'm really fine," she said. "It's a huge surprise. Even if I don't win a least my family is with me. It's a real honor for me that they brought them to Israel, because not everyone in the Philippines could make it."

She added that their presence may even affect her performance this evening, for the better of course.

"With Mel and Nancy here they'll give me more strength to perform better – and maybe even to win."

Rose Fostanes has been dubbed the winner-to-be of tonight's Finale showdown against her challenger Eden Ben Zaken.

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