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Stars greet 2014 with a really big bang

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SANTOS. Signal sign of encouragement and approval.

Right off the bat, 2014 is turning out to be a happy, hyper-happening show biz year, with the new entertainment season’s “big bang” celebration being paced by Vilma Santos’ Best Actress award at a film festival in Bangladesh for her performance in “Ekstra,” her first indie outing.

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PH celebrates as Rose Fostanes wins Israel’s X Factor

Rose Fostanes. AP FILE PHOTO

Celebrations broke out in the Philippines Wednesday after a Filipina who has spent nearly half her life as a caregiver overseas won Israel’s first “X Factor” competition.

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Rose Fostanes X-Factor win is ‘victory of Filipino people’ – Palace

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In this Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014 photo, Rose Fostanes speaks to the Associated Press before a rehearsal of the X-Factor Israel in Tel Aviv. The 47-year-old Filipino caregiver has emerged as the newest star of Israeli reality television, putting a human face on the thousands of foreign workers who toil away in menial, back-breaking jobs in this country. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

The Palace on Wednesday congratulated Filipino caregiver Rose Fostanes for winning X Factor Israel and bringing pride to the country.

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Cowell: New judges, more change for ‘X Factor’

Simon-Cowell

Simon Cowell is plotting changes for “The X Factor,” including new judges and a new role for him.

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Cowell says ‘X Factor’ female judges reflect music

Television show judge, poducer Simon Cowell. AFP FILE PHOTO

Simon Cowell said the mostly female judges’ panel for “The X Factor” reflects what he calls the “girls’ world” of today’s music business.

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Debut album shows off KZ Tandingan’s ‘X Factor’

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TANDINGAN. Fought hard for her music.

KZ Tandingan has a lot of love to give. In her self-titled debut album, for instance, she acknowledges the “Mr. Right” she has yet to meet—because, she explains, “I’ve waited for you for 21 years. But, true love waits.”

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Country singer Tate Stevens wins Fox’s ‘X Factor’

Tate Stevens attends the "The X Factor" season finale at CBS Television City on Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Tate Stevens, who was mentored by music exec L.A. Reid on the second season of “The X Factor,” has won the Fox singing competition.

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L.A. Reid not returning to ‘X Factor’ next season

In this Dec. 6, 2012 file photo, "The X-Factor" judge and veteran music executive L.A. Reid attends "The X-Factor" viewing party at Mixology in Los Angeles. Reid is not returning to the Fox singing competition series next season, a representative for Epic Records said Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012. Reid is currently the chairman and CEO of Epic, a division of Sony Entertainment. Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP, File

L.A. Reid will soon be an ex-judge on “The X Factor.”

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Filipino ‘X Factor’ and the original

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KZ TANDINGAN, “X Factor” champion

Now that the new “X Factor” season is being aired on local TV screens, we have the opportunity to more perceptively note how the recently concluded Filipino version of the singing tilt compares with the original.

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‘X Factor’ finals tonight

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TANDINGAN. Don’t count her out just yet.

FANS of “X Factor Philippines” finalist Allen Sta. Maria were thrown for a loop last Sunday, when their bet was eliminated from contention, just before the Final Three title square-off tonight (with the winner being announced tomorrow). To make things worse for “girls” group mentor Charice, her other surviving bet, KZ Tandingan, shared bottom-dweller position with Allen.

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Exceptional filmography

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COWELL. AP FILE PHOTO/FOX

YANI Delos Reyes, graduate student: “After ‘Bayaning Third World,’ we have not heard anything from the great director, Mike de Leon. He is a genius, and his films were consistently brilliant. His filmography—from ‘Itim,’ to his last movie—includes some of the best Filipino films of our generation! I hope he gets inspired again to return to directing, and shares his knowledge and experience with our new crop of directors.”

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Three for the ‘X Factor’ ‘final-finals?’

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TANDINGAN. Unique combi-nation of singing and rapping.

This past week in show biz, some instructive developments stood out from the usual blur of predictable activities, potentially teaching lessons that should be learned by everyone concerned: Last Sunday on “X Factor Philippines,” for instance, middle-aged finalist, Modesto Taran, finally bit the dust, leaving the singing tilt with only eight survivors.

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