Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Israel Grants Pinay X-Factor Winner the Permission to be a Singer in Israel
Rose Fostanes, the 47 yr. old Pinay caregiver who won Israel's X-Factor talent show, now holds a "permission to work as a singer in Israel." Interior Minister Saar issued a statement yesterday saying he had decided to allow Fostanes to work as an artist. The minister "ordered the population and immigration authority to grant Rose Fostanes permission to work as a singer in Israel," it said. Fostanes, the only foreign contestant on the show, moved to Israel 6 yrs. ago, obtaining a visa to work as a care giver for the sick and elderly. Her winning last week's final with a soaring rendition of Frank Sinatra's "My Way" sparked celebrations across the Philippines and praise from it's Pres. Aquino. But Israeli immigration officials said her Visa didn't allow her to work professionally as a singer. "Minister Saar decided to agreed her request and allow her a work permit as an artist," nothing such permission was subject to the agreement of the family she had been knowing for. Fostanes has been likened by fans to Susan Boyle, the middle aged Scottish singer whose humble looks and shy demeanor belied scintillating voice that captivated millions on the television talent show "Britain's Got Talent" in 2009. Fostanes currently lives in a crowded apartment in southern Tel Aviv, an area inhabited mostly by foreign workers and has been saving money to support her family and girlfriend back home, press report said.
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