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Filipina caregiver is surprise star of Israel's X-Factor

Published on Jan 13, 2014 8:30 PM
 
Rose Fostanes,47, a Filipina caregiver, performs during a rehearsal for Israel's X-Factor talent show in Tel Aviv, on Jan 12, 2014. Once part of a faceless crowd of foreign workers who clean homes and tend to Israel's sick and elderly, a Filipina caregiver has shot to stardom on a popular TV singing contest. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

TEL AVIV (REUTERS) - Once part of a faceless crowd of foreign workers who clean homes and tend to Israel's sick and elderly, a Filipina caregiver has shot to stardom on a popular TV singing contest.

Ms Rose Fostanes, 47, surprised viewers of Israel's X-Factor talent show and swept its judges off their feet with soulful renditions of pop songs by the likes of Lady Gaga and Christina Aguilera. And she has rocked her way to Tuesday's live final.

Ms Fostanes hopes her popularity on the show will shine a spotlight on Israel's low-paid foreign workers, who include about 20,000 Filipinos.

For many Israelis, the word "Filipino" has become synonymous with caregiver, and Ms Fostanes' appearance and success on X-Factor could help break the stereotype.

 
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