Pinay caregiver Rose "Osang" Fostanes has become the newest star of Israeli television, giving another pride for the Philippines.
Fostanes has made it to the Final four and prepares herself for the finals of the popular talent show against the three other contestants.
The 47 year old Fostanes was saved from the final elimination after people voted for her. Fostanes expressed the happiness for giving her the opportunity to win and thanked the Filipinos all over the world who voted for her.
During the live show held early morning of Wednesday (Philippine time), Fostanes sang, "Because of You" of the Grammy-nominated pop star Kelly Clarkson. According to report Fostanes has a booming voice, has taken The X Factor Israel by storm and emerged as a national phenomenon.
"It's a big change in my life because before, nobody knew me. But now everybody in Israel knows my name. And it is very funny," she said.
Fostanes arrived six years ago to work as a caregiver so, like millions of other Filipino workers around the world, she could send money back home to her family. She spends her days caring and cleaning for an ailing woman in her 50s. To save money, Fostanes lives with seven others in a crowded apartment in South Tel aviv, a downtrodden area inhabited by foreign labourers.
But one day friends encouraged her to joined the popular show The X Factor Israel competition. Now, here's Fostanes standing 1.5 meters tall has captured her audiences' hearts with a surprisingly strong and soulful voice.
Watch: Rose Fostanes on X Factor Israel
She is among the final five contestantsand widely seen as a favourite. Israeli singer Shiri Maimon, a judge on the show and a former reality TV contestants herself, has served as Fostanes mentor throughout the season.