Rose Fostanes

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Rose Fostanes (47), the Filipina caregiver who won Israel’s ‘X-Factor’ singing contest, receives a certificate from Philippine ambassador Generoso DG Calonge, at the Philippine embassy in Tel Aviv on January 15th. Photograph: Ronen Zvulun/Reuters

Israel’s interior minister has intervened to allow Rose Fostanes, the Filipina caregiver who won Israel’s X-Factor television talent show, to earn (...)

Rose Fostanes (47), a Filipina caregiver, celebrates on stage with Philippine ambassador to Israel Generoso Calonge after winning Israel’s X-Factor television show. The Filipina caregiver, once part of a faceless crowd of foreign workers who tend to Israel’s infirm and elderly, is now a household name. Photograph: David Bachar/Reuters

It was a fairytale come true when Rose Fostanes won Israel’s X-Factor this week, but now the diminutive Filipina caregiver has been informed that she (...)