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Marlisa, left, and Rose Fostanes
Marlisa, left, and Rose Fostanes

Los Angeles California (The Adobo Chronicles) – The producers of the internationally-syndicated reality show The X Factor have issued new rules on eligibility for contestants. Henceforth, only native-born citizens will be allowed to join the singing contest in the country in which the show is being held. Only native-born U.S. citizens for X Factor America, native-born Australian citizens for X Factor Australia, native-born Israeli citizens for X Factor Israel, and so on.  The rules also state that both parents of the contestants must also be native-born citizens.

The decision came immediately after 15-year-old Marlisa Punzalan won the grand finals in this season’s X Factor Australia, beating fellow Australians Dean Ray and Brothers 3. Although Marlisa was born in Australia, both her parents were born in the Philippines.

Just months ago, a Filipina caregiver in Tel Aviv, Rose Fostanes, won the first X Factor Israel. Other Filipinos have figured prominently and became finalists in other reality singing competitions in the U.S., U.K., Bulgaria and other countries. Many will recall that Pinay singer Jessica Sanchez was runner-up in American Idol.

“We know Filipinos are among the best singers in the world, but we wanted to showcase other world talents and that’s why we have established X Factor in different countries outside of the U.S. or the U.K.,” the producers said.

The Philippines has its own X Factor syndicated show in Manila.


Boyle, left, and Fostanes, right
Boyle, left, and Fostanes, right

London, Great Britain – Filipina Rose Fostanes and Scottish Susan Boyle have many things in common. Both have humble beginnings: Rose is a caregiver working in Tel Aviv and Susan was a trainee cook in her native Scotland. They have incredible musical talent and joined television singing competitions at past 40 years old which is really irrelevant to this story. Audiences were skeptical, almost  cynical, about their winning the competitions.

Both are singing champions in countries other than their own: Susan winning in Britain’s Got Talent and Rose winning in this week’s X Factor Israel.

Today, being the entrepreneur that he is, Simon Cowell who originated both shows in Great Britain, announced that he is producing a new single that would feature a duet by both women.

The song was composed by Sir Elton John and is titled “I Dreamed It My Way.” Susan, of course, became famous for her rendition of “I Dreamed a Dream” during her audition on Britain’s Got Talent and Rose’s finale song on X Factor Israel was Frank Sinatra’s “My Way.”

Pre-orders of the single, yet to be recorded, have already reached One Million.