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FILIPINA WINNER STRIPPED OF X FACTOR TITLE

imageTel Aviv, Israel –  On Tuesday night, Rose Fostanes, a Filipina caregiver working in Tel Aviv, was named winner in the first-ever X Factor Israel, the local version of the popular reality TV singing competiton originated by Simon Cowell in Great Britain. She won the most number of viewer votes in the finals, besting three other contestants.  Fostanes was the only non Israeli.

But just minutes after the telecast, producers of the show stripped Fostanes of the winner’s title, citing widespread nationwide protests. Producers said their television network was deluged with angry calls insisting that a foreigner should not be declared winner of what was obviously a contest for Israeli nationals. “There is a reason the show is called X Factor Israel, ” the protesters complained, “in the same way as other shows are called American Idol or Britain’s Got Talent.”

While producers acknowledged that talent-wise, Fostanes truly deserved the title, they understood the sentiments of the complaining viewers. They said they wished her well and are confident that if she joined X Factor Philippines in her home country, she would handily win the title.

Fostanes’ winning song was Frank Sinatra’s “My Way.”

IS THE SONG ‘MY WAY’ BAD OMEN FOR FILIPINA FINALIST IN X FACTOR ISRAEL?

imageTel Aviv, Israel – All in Israel and the Philippines await the results of the finals of X Factor Israel, the syndicated reality TV singing competition originated by Simon Cowell in Great Britain. For one last time, the four finalists belted out their chosen song with all the passion and gusto they could muster.

For Filipina caregiver Rose Fostanes, a heavy favorite to win the competition, her chosen song could spell victory or doom, depending on how one feels about the classic ballad popularized by Frank Sinatra.

Unknown to many, “My Way” is closely identified with a strange phenomenon in the Philippines, dubbed “My Way Killings.” The Sinatra song has all but disappeared from the playlists of karaoke bars in the Philippines because of a series of  murders involving individuals singing or listening to the song.  At least half a dozen murders have been linked to the singing of “My Way” in various karaoke bars in the Philippines.

The big question now is: will “My Way” win the X Factor title for Fostanes or spell her doom?  If she wins the competition, will the song reappear in the playlists of Filipino karaoke bars?

All we can do is wait and see.

WILL ROSE FOSTANES BE THE LAST FILIPINA STANDING?

imageTel Aviv, Israel – Tuesday is the finals for the first-ever X Factor Israel, and the winner could possibly be someone but Israeli.  Filipina caregiver Rose Fostanes is among the four finalists vying for the title.

Whether or not Fostanes wins  isn’t the big issue.  As reported earlier by The Adobo Chronicles, Filipinos will soon be banned from participating in all international reality TV singing competitions — from X Factor to American Idol to The Voice. The reason? Because Filipinos are such good musicians they have an “unfair advantage” over competitors of other nationalities, according to TV producers. Read the full story HERE.