More than just cleaning houses, Pinay Rose Fontanes wins X Factor Israel
by FFE Entertainment News Staff
Filipinos all over the world have been celebrating Pinay Rose Fontanes’ Wednesday victory as the first season winner of X Factor Israel. Netizens took to Twitter to congratulate the 47-year-old caregiver’s victory.
‘Congratulations to Osang Fostanes, Pinay hailed grand winner of X Factor Israel!!’ Bianca Gonzalez tweeted.
‘Congratulations Rose Fontanes! Grand winner of the first X Factor Israel! You really made your kababayans proud,’ said twitter user marvhieortega.
‘congrats rose ‘osang‘fontanes. the best talga ang mga pilipino pag dating sa kantahan at iba patimpalak. wagi na naman tayo,’ said adorniemahusay.
Considered a fan favourite, Rose took the competition by storm with her booming voice and incredible rendition of popular songs from hit-makers like Lady Gaga and Christina Aguilera.
Earlier in the competition, Rose confessed that she felt afraid to be in the show because Filipinos in Israel were stereotyped as house cleaners. But after she performed ‘You and I’ by Lady Gaga in the first round, Rose was stunned to receive a standing ovation from fellow competitors.
Watch Rose in singing ‘You and I’ by Lady Gaga here:
‘Everybody in the world will know that Filipinos, even working as a cleaner … can also share their talents,’ Rose told Reuters on Sunday.
Rose has been working as a caregiver for an elderly woman in Tel Aviv for the past four years. Before that, she had worked as an overseas Filipino worker (OFW) in the Middle East for over 20 years.
Rose’s partner Mel Adel and sister Nancy flew to Israel to witness the final competition alongside the Filipino community in Israel.
Watch Rose’s final performance where she sings ‘My Way’ by Frank Sinatra here: