SPAIN 2014: RUTH LORENZO INTERVIEW
MADRID, SPAIN – This year RTVE and Spain are vying to make an impression at Eurovision 2014 and have chosen a preselection contest involving five singers looking to be chosen as the Spanish representative at Copenhagen. The team of oikotimes.com is delighted to bring you an exclusive interview with one of those looking to win your votes and be chosen to lead Spain at Eurovision 2014. Ruth Lorenzo speaks exclusively to Jaime Solloso about her song “Dancing in the Rain” and her thoughts on her career and Eurovision.
What does Eurovision mean to Ruth Lorenzo?
Eurovision means the hope of creating a visual and musical project in accordance with my style that will represent Spain in front of the rest of Europe. It would mean a personal and professional achievement that is super important.
What can you tell us about your song, “Dancing in the Rain?
I can say its one of my favourite songs and at the beginning I was it was not going to form part of my repertoire, it was going to be given to another artista. Many national and international artists have requested the song but I always resisted. What I like best of the song is the message of hope and prevailing that it sends out.
You are known for having taken part in the UK edition of X Factor 2008, did you ever think of representing the UK at Eurovision?
I never thought about it until the BBC called my Manager offering me the opportunity. After many conversations via email and on the phone I decided that the best option was to let the option pass and concentrate on my career in Spain.
From 2008 you have been busy with concerts and discographic work, what can you tell us about your experience on X Factor?
One of the best experiences of my life. I not only met some spectacular people but I also sang week after week in front of 15 million viewers, I also learnt a lot about the music industry. I think that the XFactor has made me very strong.
In the last few months there were some rumours about participation at Eurovision but there was never any insight about a preselection contest. Are you surprised at the decision taken?
The truth is that I’m not surprised. Each year TVE chooses a representative to send via different means.
You present yourself with four other candidates to represent Spain. What is the difference between Ruth Lorenzo and the other candidates?
I don’t like comparing myself with other artists. The only thing that I can assure is that I will give my all. When I do something, I put complete faith, my heart and all my passion in making sure it comes out well. I can guarantee passion, tenacity, honesty and strength on stage.
With what singer would you like to perform?
I would like to colaborate with Freddie Mercury, my musical idol. Some day I will sing with his hologram beside me.
With respect to Eurovision and the most recent songs presented. Do you think the lack of English language has afected the votes?
I think that when a song and melody are good, they transmit the same in whichever language it’s sang. The truth is that English is the most international language in Europe and perhaps it may be time to start evaluating other possibilities.
In the last few years Eurovision has thrived with visual music and special effects. Do you propose something similar or will there be a greater emphasis on the vocals?
I don’t like to think on that. For the moment I am concentrated on the preselection! I would be lying however if I didn’t say that I imagined what my stage performance would be in Copenhagen.
Which country would you consider favourite for the trophy?
I always like the sincere proposals like Loreen, Lena or Emmelie de Forest.
At oikotimes,com we always adore Eurovision artists, would you like to say anything to our readers?
As “Dancing in the Rain” says, never give up and even if it seems that a problem has no solution, never stop fighting and believing in yourself because at the end faith will persevere above pessimism. Even if it rains and we get wet, never stop dancing.
INFORMATION ABOUT RUTH LORENZO
Ruth Lorenzo was born on November 10, 1982 in Murcia, a south-eastern region of Spain. At a very young age she became a fan of the musical Annie and although she had no idea of what the words meant she would sing along to the songs in English. When she was six years old she discovered music by Montserrat Caballé, a Catalan opera singer, and after her mother bought her an album by Caballé, Lorenzo began to sing opera, imitating Caballé’s vocals until she was pitch perfect.
At the age of 12, Lorenzo’s family moved to America and this was the first time she had the opportunity to be involved in music at school. After much encouragement from her teachers, Lorenzo was entered into competitions and played lead roles in musical productions such as The Phantom of the Opera and My Fair Lady. When Lorenzo turned 16 the family returned to Spain and although having had singing lessons by this time, she had to cancel these lessons due to family financial difficulty and as a result Lorenzo gave up on her dream of becoming a recording artist.
When Lorenzo was 19 she joined a rock band, which was a challenge for her as she had only sung opera music. In 2002, she auditioned for the second series of Operación Triunfo, the Spanish version of Star Academy, where she was rejected in the first rounds of auditions. The series was eventually won by Basque singer Ainhoa. She also made a big decision to quit her job in her family’s business in order to pursue her dreams once again, but after three years of touring around Spain the group decided to split up. Ruth landed a contract at Polaris World where as well as performing, she worked as a PR consultant.
In 2008, Lorenzo auditioned for the fifth series of The X Factor in front of judges Simon Cowell, Cheryl Cole and Louis Walsh. She sang “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman”. She impressed the judges and made it through to the next stage of the show, “bootcamp”. Lorenzo passed both stages of bootcamp and was sent to St. Tropez with the other successful contestants from the over-25s category. There she auditioned in front of Dannii Minogue who was her X Factor mentor. After an emotional performance of “True Colors”, sung in Spanish, Minogue decided to pick Lorenzo for her final three who would proceed to the live shows.
On the first live show she sang “Take My Breath Away” in English and Spanish. She had mainly good comments, especially from Cowell, who told her she should sing in Spanish more often. However, the next week Lorenzo sang “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You” in English only, and ended up in the bottom two. She performed “Purple Rain” in the singoff, and it saved her into the next week. In Week 5, Lorenzo was in the bottom two again against one of the crowd favourites Laura White. This time she sang “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” and was saved by judges Minogue, Walsh and Cowell. Her performance was overshadowed by the uproar over White’s departure. During Take That week, Lorenzo sang “Love Ain’t Here Anymore”. She received high praise for her performance, with Cowell saying it was sensational. By Week 8 Lorenzo was Minogue’s last remaining act and she was eliminated after receiving the fewest public votes. Lorenzo bowed out with another performance of “Always”. Former friend Alexandra Burke went on to win the show.