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Israel lets Filipino X-Factor winner stay and work as singer

Published on Jan 21, 2014 12:49 AM
Ms Rose Fostanes, 47, a Filipino caregiver and winner of Israel's X-Factor singing contest, receives a certificate from Philippine Ambassador to Israel Generoso D.G. Calonge, at the Philippine Embassy in Tel Aviv on January 15, 2014. Ms Fostanes, once part of a faceless crowd of foreign workers who tend to Israel's infirm and elderly, has won one of the country's most popular TV singing contests. Competing in Israel's version of the X-Factor, Fostanes swept the judges off their feet with a winning rendition of the Frank Sinatra standard, My Way, in Tuesday's final. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - A Filipino caregiver who won Israel's version of the X-Factor last week will be allowed to stay in the country and pursue a music career, the Immigration Authority said on Monday.

Ms Rose Fostanes, 47, was the surprise winner of the popular television singing contest, but her visa only allowed her to work in Israel as a caregiver and would not normally permit her to move into show business.

The Interior Minister has now decided to grant Ms Fostanes an artists' visa, which would allow her to stay in Israel and work as a singer, the Immigration Authority said in a statement.

"It has not yet been decided how long Fostanes could stay for," an immigration official added.

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