LOS ANGELES – After Filipina caregiver Rose Fostanes’ sensational win on Wednesday on X-Factor Israel, concerns were raised that she wouldn’t be able to to work as a professional singer in the country.
A spokeswoman for Israel’s population and immigration authority said to Agence France-Presse that Fostanes can only work as a carer according to their immigration law. At the time, Fostanes only carried a working visa as a caregiver.
“Of course she can sing – anyone can do that – but not as a professional,” the spokeswoman said to AFP.
However, on Thursday, Israeli Ambassador Menashe Bar-On said that there is no need to worry about Fostanes’ visa status. Bar-On indicated that it is possible to change the Filipina’s work visa in order for her to sing professionally.
“The responsibility of the show’s producers is to promote her,” Bar-On said to Rappler.com, “I’m sure they will find a way to fix her status and the authorities will be happy to help.”
The Ambassador said that Israel, like most countries, provides different kinds of visas for different purposes to foreigners who wish to stay in their country. Caregivers, like Fostanes, are given a specific caregiver visa which permits them to stay and work for one family. Professional performers like singers and actors are given a different type of visa.
Bar-On, like most of the Israelis who followed the show, was delighted by Fostanes’ Cinderella-story win.
“I was able to watch a repeat of the finals on television. She was amazing. I am very happy she won,” the Ambassador was quoted as saying in a Rappler.com report.
Fostanes, who was the only foreign contestant among the finalists, garnered standing ovations for her performance of Frank Sinatra’s My Way, and her If I Ain’t Got You duet with mentor Shiri Maimon.
Fostanes joins a number of Filipinos who have demonstrated their superb vocal talents in singing competition reality shows. This includes American Idol’s Jessica Sanchez and Jasmine Trias, X Factor’s Ellona Santiago, and Filipino a capella boy band The Filharmonics who appeared on NBC’s Sing Off.
With this victory, Bar-On said that Fostanes can also be considered as an ambassador for both the Philippines and Israel – promoting the two nations as a Filipina and as Israel’s first ever X-Factor winner.
Israeli media also said that Fostanes’ win thrust the issue of low-income foreign workers into the spotlight – foreign workers which include tens of thousands of Filipinos. Fostanes herself had been working as a migrant worker for around 20 years. She has been working as a caregiver for an elderly client in Tel Aviv for six (6) years now.(With reports from AFP, and Rappler.com)
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One Direction are a British-Irish boy band consisting of members Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson. They signed to Simon Cowell’s record label Syco Records after being formed and placing third in the seventh series of British television music competition The X Factor. They later signed in North America to Columbia Records.
In November 2011, One Direction released their debut album Up All Night, which became the fastest-selling debut album in the UK of 2011. In 2012, it debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200, making One Direction the first UK group in U.S. chart history to debut at number one with their first album. Up All Night spawned the Official UK Singles Chart top ten singles — “What Makes You Beautiful”, “Gotta Be You”, and “One Thing”. In 2012, “What Makes You Beautiful” won the BRIT Award for Best British Single. One Direction supported the album with their Up All Night Tour. They have started recording their second studio album, due for release in late 2012. One Direction’s world tour is set for 2013, with tickets grossing $15.7 million for their Australian and New Zealand dates.
One Direction have been described as sparking a resurgence in the boy band concept, and of forming part of a new “British Invasion” in the United States. As of June 2012, according to Nick Gatfield, the chairman and chief executive of Sony Music Entertainment UK, One Direction represent a $50 million business empire. Their work has earned them awards and nominations. One Direction have supported various charities and foundations, and have commercial endorsements with Pokémon, Nokia, HarperCollins and Hasbro. They also appeared as themselves in the iCarly episode “iGo One Direction” (2012).
2012: Upcoming second studio album and world tour
In May 2012, One Direction began recording their second studio album in Stockholm, Sweden. In April 2012, One Direction disclosed that they wanted to contribute more to the songwriting for their second album, Styles stating, “we’re always writing on the road and in hotels and airports. We don’t ever want our music to sound like a 40-year-old man in an office has written it and given it to us to perform.” The album is set for release in late 2012.
One Direction are due to headline at New York City’s Madison Square Garden on 3 December 2012. One Direction is set to embark on their second headlining concert tour, the 2013 World Tour, in February 2013. The concert tour thus far consists of 101 shows in the UK, Ireland, North America and Australasia. In the UK and Ireland, ticket sales reached 300,000 within a day of release, which included a six date sell out at London’s The O2 Arena. In North America, the group added additional shows due to “overwhelming demand”. In Australian and New Zealand markets, tickets grossed US$15.7 million, with all 190,000 tickets being sold for eighteen shows to be held in Australia and New Zealand.
Neil McCormick from The Daily Telegraph published an article on the nature of One Direction’s success in North America, noting that Americans had left a gap in the market, writing that it took the prominence of Justin Bieber to demonstrate that there was still a market for “clean cut, wholesome, middle class parent friendly pop: cute boys advocating puppy love. And what could be better than one cute boy, if not five?”.One Direction have been described as sparking the resurgence in the boy band concept, and as forming part of a new “British Invasion” in the United States. Bill Werde, a representative of Billboard magazine commented. “There’s a lot of possibility here, there’s a lot of upside, that level of talent with those kinds of looks, it’s really a perfect storm for a massive, massive successful phenomenon.”
Sonny Takhar, the managing director of Syco Records, attributes the breakthrough to the power of social media. “Sometimes you feel the song’s the star, but it’s not like that here – it’s the act,” he says. “It’s a real moment. Social media has become the new radio, it’s never broken an act globally like this before.”Will Bloomfield, the group’s manager, added, “These guys live online, and so do their fans.” Their management employs a social media team and the members all tweet themselves, “which helps create the illusion that they couldn’t be any closer to their fans.” One Direction’s Twitter account had amassed 5 million followers as of July 2012, with the account gaining followers at an average of 20,000 per day. Each member is known for their feature; Horan is “the cute one”, Malik is “the quiet and mysterious one”, Payne is “the sensible one”, Styles is “the charming one” and Tomlinson is “the funny one”.Horan commented on One Direction as a boy band, saying: “People think that a boy band is air-grabs and [being] dressed in all one colour. We’re boys in a band. We’re trying to do something different from what people would think is the typical kind of boy band. We’re trying to do different kinds of music and we’re just trying to be ourselves, not squeaky clean.”Leah Collins writing for the National Post remarked that One Direction had succeeded on the latter front. She writes, “For the most part, that just means the group presents themselves as typical, goofy and uncensored teenage boys — posting jokey YouTube videos, for instance, or boozing at awards shows.” Writing for The Observer, Kitty Empire opined, “Dance routines are fundamental to the boy band – or at least, to 90s Take That and late-00s JLS. One Direction fulfil a great many boy band prerequisites (looks, soppy lyrics, tune-grasp, fame-lust) but their lack of routines points to the subtle digressions afoot here.” Jon Caramanica from The New York Times noted, “The story of boy bands is inevitably the story of disbandment”, although he felt, “Given that the band has built some dissonance into its act, it may take awhile for that to happen to One Direction.”
In 2010, when One Direction were contestants on The X Factor, they and their fellow series seven contestants released a cover of David Bowie’s “Heroes” in aid of Help for Heroes. The song, said to have been recorded in the week beginning 18 October 2010, was released as a charity single in aid of Help for Heroes, a charity which supports injured servicemen and women. All sixteen finalists performed the song on 20 November 2010’s results show.The single entered both the Irish Singles Chart on 25 November 2010 and the UK Singles Chart on 28 November 2010 at number one. In 2012, One Direction contributed to the fundraiser cookbook Dish for a Wish. The proceeds from sales of the book benefit the Rays of Sunshine Children’s Charity, an organisation that grants the wishes of sick children in the UK. On 9 May 2012, One Direction visited the ill children of the charity. In April 2012, One Direction teamed up with Charitybuzz to help raise money in aid for the Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity. VIP tickets to meet the band in person on their North American leg of their Up All Night Tour were made available with the proceeds going to the children’s charity. In April 2012, they also aided the California Earthquake Authority (CEA) through bidding auctions to meet the band. In July 2012, One Direction teamed up with British Airways in a ‘text-to-win’ competition, which was launched on social networking websites, giving eight fans the chance to fly with the band on a one hour flight organized by British Airways. Money raised from the competition went to Flying Start, British Airways’ global charity partnership with Comic Relief, to help children in the UK and some of the world’s poorest countries. Members:
Niall James Horan, born 13 September 1993 (age 18), is from Mullingar, County Westmeath, Ireland. Born to mother Maura Gallagher and father Bobby Horan, he has an older brother named Greg. Their parents divorced when he was five. He and his brother lived between each of their homes for a few years before eventually deciding to live with their father in Mullingar. His mother remarried and lives in Edgeworthstown, County Longford with Chris, her husband of seven years.Horan was a pupil at Coláiste Mhuire, a boys’ Christian Brothers school.He was in the school choir, performing seasonally around Christmas.Prior to participating in The X Factor, he performed around his homeland, including as a support act for Lloyd Daniels in Dublin. Horan has been playing guitar since childhood. In an interview he referred to his guitar as “the best present I ever received for Christmas.”Horan revealed his parents took note of his singing during a car trip, “my aunt said she thought the radio was on. Exactly the same thing happened to Michael Bublé with his dad. He’s my absolute hero so I like the fact we have a similar story.”
On auditioning for The X Factor, Horan said, “I’m 16 and I want to be a big name like Beyoncé and Justin Bieber”. “I’ve been compared to him a few times and it’s not a bad comparison. I want to sell out arenas, make an album and work with some of the best artists in the world.” Horan said, “I was always the kid that picked up the nearest instrument and just loved music.” He has also stated that he is a “big swing” fan, citing favourite artists Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Michael Bublé. Horan also cites rock music favourably and is a fan of The Eagles, Bon Jovi and The Script.Additionally he cites recording artist Ed Sheeran as praiseworthy. Zayn Malik
Zain Javadd “Zayn” Malik, born 12 January 1993 (age 19) in St. Luke’s Hospital, is from Bradford, West Yorkshire, England. Born to British Pakistani father Yaser and an English mother, Tricia Malik (née Brannan), he has three sisters Doniya, Waliyha and Safaa. He grew up in East Bowling, located to the south of Bradford city centre. Malik was a pupil at Lower Fields Primary School in East Bowling and went to Tong High School, a state comprehensive school. Malik did not fit in at his first two schools due to his mixed heritage, revealing that when he and his sister moved schools he felt he fitted in better. After moving schools at the age twelve, Malik, states he started taking pride in his appearance. During his time on The X Factor, his grandfather passed away; he has a tattoo of his grandfather’s name Walter in Arabic on his chest.
On auditioning for The X Factor, Malik said “I was looking for an experience”. He cites urban music as his main musical influence, drawing inspiration from Michael Jackson, Usher and Ne-Yo. Growing up, he was into R&B and rap.For his X Factor audition, he performed the Mario R&B song “Let Me Love You”. He as well as other members of One Direction further notes artists such as Bruno Mars, as a “dream collaborator.” Malik is addicted to smoking cigarettes; in 2011, he expressed his desire to quit. Malik once tweeted, “La ila ha ill lalla ho muhammed door rasoolalah”, the tweet is regarded as a common declaration of faith among Muslims meaning: “There is no God but Allah and Muhammad is the prophet of Allah.” In May 2012, amidst media speculation, Malik confirmed he is dating Little Mix member Perrie Edwards. Liam Payne
Liam James Payne, born 29 August 1993 (age 18), is from Wolverhampton, West Midlands, England. Born three weeks early to mother Karen and father Geoff, he has two older sisters, Ruth and Nicola. Until the age of four, Payne had regular tests done in hospital as doctors noticed one of his kidneys was scarred and dysfunctional. To help cope with the pain, he had 32 injections in his arm in the morning and evening as a child. Regarding his one functional kidney, Payne said “I have to be careful not to drink too much, even water, and I have to keep myself as healthy as possible.” Growing up, his mother would juggle shifts as a nursery nurse to accompany him on all his auditions. As a student, Payne was heavily involved in sports, primarily trying out for various school teams. He eventually found his place on the cross country running team, coming first: “From then on I was training all the time and getting up at 6am to run for miles. At the age of 12 they put me in the school’s under-18s team.”Payne was bullied in secondary school and took up boxing lessons at the age of twelve. He was a music technology student at City of Wolverhampton College. Before The X Factor, Payne had once performed in front of a 26,000 crowd at a Wolverhampton Wanderers’ football match.
Payne first auditioned in 2008 to The X Factor’s fifth series when he was fourteen. He made it to the judges’ houses, but Cowell thought he was not ready for the competition and asked him to come back in two years. Payne cites Justin Timberlake as one of his biggest influences. He also says he draws inspiration from Take That member Gary Barlow when performing. He is currently in a relationship with dancer Danielle Peazer.They met on The X Factor in 2010 and have been in a relationship ever since. The backing dancer for The Saturdays and Jessie J has received death threats and other forms of cyber bullying on social networking website Twitter, due to her relationship with Payne. Harry Styles
Harry Edward Styles, born 1 February 1994 (age 18) is from the village of Holmes Chapel, Cheshire, England. He is a former pupil at Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School, a state comprehensive school. Born to mother Anne Cox and father Des Styles,he has an older sister, Gemma.He was seven when their parents divorced, his mother later getting remarried to Robin Twist. Regarding his parents’ divorce he said, “that was quite a weird time. I remember crying about it. I didn’t really get what was going on properly, I was just sad that my parents wouldn’t be together any more.” His father recalled, “Generally, you wouldn’t see him cry as much as maybe some kids do – he wasn’t generally emotional or a cry baby – but he cried then.” His parents tried to reassure their distraught son by telling him his father wouldn’t be leaving immediately. The family struggled on for another two years before his father eventually walked out. Following the divorce, Styles, his older sister and his mother moved further out into the Cheshire countryside. At the age of twelve he moved back to Holmes Chapel. That was when his mother met his stepfather Robin Twist. Styles said he was “really pleased” when Twist proposed to his mother. Styles was the lead singer for the band White Eskimo with band members lead guitarist Haydn Morris, bass guitarist Nick Clough and drummer Will Sweeny. They had once entered a Battle of the Bands competition, which they won.Before The X Factor, the then sixteen-year old Styles had a part-time job at the W. Mandeville Bakery in Holmes Chapel.
As a child, Styles loved singing, noting Elvis Presley as one of his influences. He also cites Presley for his musical beginnings.Styles also cites current musical acts, Foster the People, Coldplay and Kings of Leon among his influences. “We want to have a little bit heavier guitars, bigger drums, more of a live feel, because that’s what we like doing,” Styles says for their next album. “Because we are 18 years old, it’s important that we like what we’re doing as well. It wouldn’t be good if we weren’t enjoying what we’re doing, and we are.” Styles states that The X Factor gave him “a lot more” confidence as a performer and singer. Styles says that he often looks to Coldplay front man Chris Martin for inspiration when performing on stage. Styles also states that The Beatles had a profound influence on him growing up, as his father would play their music. “I still listen to their music over and over again. They are absolute icons and an inspiration,” he said.He briefly dated English television presenter Caroline Flack, which caused widespread media controversy over their fifteen-year age gap.
Louis William Tomlinson, born Louis Troy Austin 24 December 1991 (age 20), is from Doncaster, South Yorkshire, England. He was born to mother Johannah Poulston and father Troy Austin. His parents split when he was young and he took on his stepfather Mark Tomlinson’s name. He has five younger half-sisters, on his father’s side: Georgia, and on his mother’s side: Charlotte, Félicité, and twins Daisy and Phoebe. Daisy and Phoebe had roles as babies on a show called Fat Friends; he would go along and serve as an extra. After Fat Friends, he attended an acting school in Barnsley. He had small parts in an ITV1 drama film If I Had You and BBC’s Waterloo Road. He was a sixth form student at Hall Cross School, a state comprehensive school, and a former pupil of the Hayfield School. He revealed that he failed his first year of A levels at the Hayfield School, “mainly because I’d been too busy having fun. I was out all the time in that first year.” He ended up going back to Hall Cross and started A levels over again. As a student at Hall Cross, Tomlinson starred in several musical productions. Before The X Factor, he had a numbers of jobs, including at a Vue cinema and at Doncaster Rovers football stadium as a waiter in their hospitality suites.
Tomlinson revealed that landing the lead role of Danny Zuko in a high school musical production of Grease motivated him to audition for The X Factor. Tomlinson cites English recording artist and Take That member Robbie Williams as his biggest influence and idol. In an interview with Now Magazine he stated: “I’ve always loved Robbie [Williams]. He’s just so cheeky, he can get away with anything. His performances are unbelievable.” He also admires recording artist Ed Sheeran, describing him as “phenomenal.” In 2011, his mother and step-father announced they were getting a divorce. Tomlinson is currently in a relationship with Manchester University politics and sociology student, Eleanor Calder.