First concert in Melbourne on 25 May 2014
Filipina caregiver Rose “Osang” Fostanes, who won the inaugural season of X-Factor Israel in January 2014 will have a series of shows in Australia. After bagging the X-Factor grand prize, Rose transformed from an anonymous singing caregiver to an Israeli reality TV star. She became the darling of the judges and Israel audience after stand-out performances from her audition song, Shirley Bassey’s “This is my Life” to Frank Sinatra’s signature song, “My Way”.
On 25 May 2014, she will hold her first concert in Melbourne at 2 pm at at the Thornbury Theatre, 859 High Street, Thornbury.
Osang’s concert will also feature Melbourne talent, Jerson Trinidad, winner of Bert Newton’s “New Faces” in Channel 10, and Sydney performer, Lillian delos Reyes, winner of Tim Webster’s “You’re a Star in Channel 10.
Filipinos around the world followed her on YouTube and FaceBook. Her Cinderella story is reminiscent of Susan Boyle’s feat in Britain’s Got Talent in 2009. Susan sang Les Miserables’ “I Dreamed the Dream” that made her a star overnight. Rose won X-Factor at 47 and so did Susan who won Britain’s Got Talent at 47. Rose remarked after winning the X-Factor Israel, “Everybody in the world will know that Filipinos, even those working as cleaners can be part of a big event like this.” She worked as a part- time singer in a Tel’Aviv and a full-time caregiver and cleaner.
Event tickets for Melbourne are at $50 and $35 and available online www.thornburytheatre.oztix.com.au or call Gloria on 0412 166 097, Ed 0419 209 738; Lito 0425 832 309 and Rollie 0404 946 079.
Two amazing talents together in Sydney
Dami Im, another X-Factor winner who elicited standing ovations from the judges, contestants and audience, will perform back-to-back with Osang on 1 June 2014, 1pm at the Sydney Town Hall in Sydney CBD.
To back her up in this Sydney concert are Filipino-Australian winners of TV and club competitions, Lilian de los Reyes; Brian Lorenz in RSL’s singing competitions and Kookies n Kream in Australia’s Got Talent.
Dami rose to fame after winning the 2013 X-Factor Australia and now referred to as the first Asian-Australian Pop star. Her single, “Alive” topped the Aria singles chart on release in October 2013. Aged 25, Dami worked as a gospel singer in Seoul and taught piano and voice privately in Brisbane. She and her mother migrated to Australia when she was 9 years old but her father had to stay in Korea to work and support them. She has a quiet demeanor and a unique mix of talent and style which make her different from other singing idols.
This Sydney Town Hall concert is a 30th anniversary presentation for a cause by the Filipino Community Cooperative Ltd which was established and incorporated on 23 May 1983. “Putting these two amazing talents together on one stage is an ambitious project,” the Cooperative’s chairperson Kate Andres remarked.
“They have inspiring Cinderalla stories to share and they are living proofs of dreams coming true no matter what or who you are and where you come from,” she added.
For tickets, please call 9823 5425.
Part of the proceeds of the Melbourne and Sydney concerts will be donated to World Vision Australia for the Help after Haiyan projects.