Rose Fostanes

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Rose Fostanes
Rose Fostanes at Akko 2014.jpg
Rose Fostanes performance in Acre, during Independence Day 2014
Background information
Birth name Rose Fostanes[1]
Born (1967-01-02) January 2, 1967 (age 51)
Taguig, Philippines[2]
Genres Pop, R&B, soul
Occupation(s) Singer, caregiver
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2013–present
Labels Aroma Music (Israel) (2013–present)
Star Records (Philippines) (2013–present)
Star Magic (2013–present)

Rose "Osang" Fostanes (born January 2, 1967) is a Filipina caregiver and singer living in Israel,[1] who on January 14, 2014, won the first season of The X Factor Israel[3] On April 10, 2014, she signed a record contract with Star Records to release her music material in the Philippines. Her debut album My Way was released on June 8, 2014.

Life and career[edit]

1967–2012: Early life and career[edit]

Rose Fostanes was born in Taguig,[2] Philippines. At the age of 23, she left the country to work as a foreign caregiver. Fostanes arrived in Israel in 2008 to work for an ailing woman in her 50s.[4] She is openly lesbian.[5]

Fostanes was the lead vocalist of a band that performs in a small bar in Neve Sha'anan, Tel Aviv.[2]

2013: The X Factor Israel and international ventures[edit]

Fostanes auditioned for X Factor on October 26, 2013, singing the Shirley Bassey song, "This Is My Life". She received a "yes" vote from all four judges.[6] Fostanes attracted international attention immediately after appearing as a contestant on the show.[7][8]

Fostanes performed again during bootcamp, receiving a standing ovation from all the contestants. She made it to the top 20 and was assigned Shiri Maimon as a mentor.[9][10][11]

On November 23, 2013, Fostanes performed at a charity event, "Concert For A Cause For Typhoon Yolanda" in Haifa, Israel, organized by the OFW in Israel Organization. The event raised money for Typhoon Yolanda victims in the Philippines.[12][13]

Due to the conditions of her visa, Fostanes was not able to perform for pay in Israel.[14] This was changed on January 20, 2014 when she was granted singing license in Israel.[15]


Show Song Original Artist Result
Audition "This Is My Life" Shirley Bassey Advanced to bootcamp
Bootcamp Top 80 "You and I" Lady Gaga Continued in bootcamp
Bootcamp Top 40 "Purple Rain" Prince Advanced to Judge's house
Judge's house "The Best" Bonnie Tyler Continued in Judge's house
Judge's house "Without You" Badfinger Advanced to live shows
Top 12 "Beautiful"[16] Christina Aguilera Safe
Top 11 "Valerie"[17] The Zutons Safe
Top 10 "I (Who Have Nothing)"[18] Ben E. King Safe
Top 9 "Born This Way"[19] Lady Gaga Safe
Quarter-final "Bohemian Rhapsody"[20] Queen Safe
Semi-final "Because of You" Kelly Clarkson Safe
Final "My Way" Frank Sinatra Winner

2014–present: My Way and Philippine debut[edit]

After her win, and through her contract with Aroma Music, she performed during Israeli Independence Day shows in Acre and Tiberias. The company released her debut single "Walk Away". It was produced and composed by Ofer Meiri. She also had three shows in Australia.[21] She was awarded "Global Entertainer of the Year" at the Gawad Amerika Awards in Los Angeles. She also appeared in a role in the film It's Just the Wind directed by director Amity Zmora.[22]

On April 10, 2014, she signed a record contract with Star Records to release her music material in the Philippines.[23] Her Philippine debut album, My Way, was released on June 8.[24]

In December 2015, Elijah Sparks released the single "Baby Love" that featured vocals by Rose Fostanes.



  • 2014: My Way


  • 2014: "Walk Away"

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Liljas, Per (January 6, 2014). "Filipina Caregiver Wins the Hearts of Israel With Her Amazing Voice". Time Magazine. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c Charmie Joy Pagulong (October 30, 2013). "Pinoy caregiver wows Israel's X-Factor judges". The Philippine Star. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  3. ^ ABS-CBNnews (January 15, 2013). "Pinay caregiver is 'X Factor Israel' winner". ABS-CBN News Channel. Retrieved 14 January 2014. 
  4. ^ Associated Press (January 7, 2014). "Singing Filipino helper Rose Fostanes wins hearts on X Factor in Israel". South China Morning Post. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  5. ^ THAT’S OUR TOMBOY | Rose Fostanes is lesbian, misses her girlfriend in PH. TV5. January 10, 2014.
  6. ^ NoypiStuff (October 27, 2013). "Rose Fostanes' X Factor Israel Audition, A Viral Hit". NoypiStuff. Retrieved 15 January 2014. 
  7. ^ Michael Joe T. Delizo (January 8, 2014). "Rose Fostanes in Top 4 of 'X Factor Israel'". Manila Bulletin. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  8. ^ Scharf, Isaac (January 6, 2014). "Filipino diva is feel-good story of Israeli TV". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  9. ^ The Associated Press (January 7, 2014). "Filipina diva is season's feel-good story on Israeli TV". Haaretz. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  10. ^ Umbao, Ed (January 7, 2014). "Rose Fostanes Top 5 in X Factor Israel Performance Video". Philippine News. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  11. ^ Zeibiz (November 2, 2013). "Filipina Caregiver Rose 'Osang' Fostanes wows judges on X Factor Israel". Zeibiz. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  12. ^ Rose Fontanes (2013). Rose Fontanes' spirit souring high (720P) (YouTube Video). Haifa, Israel. Retrieved January 9, 2014. 
  13. ^ Raquel Delfin Padilla (November 26, 2013). "Osang Fostanes Got Another Standing Ovation on Israel X-Factor". OFW News. Retrieved 9 January 2014. 
  14. ^ X-Factor winner Rose Rostanes may be in trouble if she sings professionally in Israel
  15. ^ Agence France-Presse (January 21, 2014). "Pinay X-Factor winner gets singing license in Israel". ABS-CBN News Channel. Retrieved 29 January 2014. 
  16. ^ Medina, Andrei (December 20, 2013). "Pinay caregiver wows 'X Factor Israel' judges with 'Beautiful' performance". GMA Network. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  17. ^ Umbao, Ed (December 24, 2013). "Rose Fostanes Made it to X Factor Israel Top 10". PhilNews. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  18. ^ Zeibiz (December 28, 2013). "Rose Fostanes Makes X Factor Israel Top 8". Zeibiz. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  19. ^ Zeibiz (December 30, 2013). "Rose Fostanes Enters X Factor Israel Top 7". Zeibiz. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  20. ^ Scharf, Isaac (Jan 6, 2014). "Caregiver from Philippines captures Israeli hearts by singing in popular reality TV contest". 680 News. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  21. ^ Itay Stern (3 June 2015). "What Happened to the Filipina Caregiver Who Won Israel's Inaugural X-Factor?". Haaretz. Retrieved 3 November 2016. 
  22. ^ Lou Maningas Cabalona. "Up-Close and Personal with X Factor Israel's Rose Fontanes". Retrieved 3 November 2016. 
  23. ^ "Rose "Osang" Fostanes Contract Signing with Star Records". Facebook. Star Records , Inc. Official Facebook page. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  24. ^ "STAR RECORDS RELEASES ROSE FOSTANES ALBUM - 'MY WAY'". Lionheart TV. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 

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