Fostanes “X Factor” winner might be deported from Israel

Rose Fostanes
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Aroma Music, which represents the “X Factor”, has withdrawn the artist visa of Rose Fostanes.

Fostanes told Haaretz that things could have possibly been better for her had she not joined the show.

“I loved singing with my friends and we had wonderful evenings together, but then I won on the show and I was told not to keep performing with them, because they told me a respectable singer wouldn’t sing in those kinds of little clubs. That it’s not appropriate. So I really stopped. Now I kind of regret it. I think I might have been better off altogether if I hadn’t won the show and would have continued working as a caregiver. At least that way I could keep on taking care of my family and send them money every month,” she was quoted as saying.

“I love the Israelis and I know that they love me. At first I thought I’d encounter discrimination because of my ethnicity, but then I saw how every day people would come up to me in the street and ask where I’d been and why wasn’t I performing more – and that’s also the reason why I want to stay. I believe I can grow as an artist from the bottom up. I don’t mind performing in small places, in bars, on television shows, like new artists do,” she said.

“I’m ready to do whatever it takes. I know I’m not that beautiful and I know that I’m not the typical singer that everyone’s looking for, but I believe that if I’m just given the opportunity, I’ll prove that I can succeed,” she said.

“I understand the situation that I’m in and the only thing I hope is that the people in the Interior Ministry will understand that I’m a human being just like them, that they’ll understand how important this opportunity is that they can give me,” she added.