Watch The X Factor Israel Season 1 Grand finals - Jan. 14, 2014
Posted Jan 15 2014 12:33am
The X Factor Israel is the Israeli version of the British television music competition The X Factor. Season 1 was first announced in late 2012. Auditions for the show began on March 5, 2013. Promos for the show started airing in early September. The first season started its run on Saturday, October 26, 2013. The show airs during prime time on Reshet network on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Week 4: THE X FACTOR ISRAEL SEASON 1 GRAND FINALS - (January 14)
Synopsis: Rose "Osang" Fostanes (born January 2, 1967) is a Filipina caregiver and singer living in Israel , who won the first season of The X Factor Israel. Fostanes first came to international attention when she appeared as a contestant on the TV program The X Factor Israel on 26 October 2013, singing "This Is My Life" by Shirley Bassey.
2013: The X Factor Israel
Fostanes auditioned for the X Factor in front of the judges on October 26, 2013 singing a Shirley Bassey song "This Is My Life", resulting in four yeses. Rose had to perform once again during boot, receiving a standing ovation from all the other contestants. She made it to the top 20 and got Shiri Maimon as her mentor
The first season started its run on Saturday, October 26, 2013. The show airs during prime time on Reshet network on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The first episode peaked at 49%, about 1.1 million viewers, making it the highest figure of any Israeli music program. At the end of bootcamp, 20 contestants made it to the judges' houses. Two acts were eliminated from each judge before the live show. The top 12 finalists continued on for the live shows.
Fostanes has been compared to Scottish singer Susan Boyle, 52, who shot to fame in 2009 after appearing on the TV show "Britain's Got Talent" and performing a flawless rendition of "I Dreamed a Dream" from the musical "Les Miserables." Boyle's life story from unknown Scot to multimillion-selling recording artist has been made into a musical.
Judges and hosts
In May 2013 it was announced that Bar Refaeli, an Israeli fashion model, will host the first season. Contrary to most other versions of the X Factor where the judges panels was a mixture of singers and music industry figures, the Israeli version was composed entirely of musicians. The judges panel for the first season was composed of the rock singer Rami Fortis, the pop singer-songwriter and composer Moshe Peretz, the pop and R&B singer Shiri Maimon, and the pop singer Ivri Lider.