SPAIN 2014: RUTH TO COPENHAGEN
BARCELONA, SPAIN – Tonight an exciting national final took place. Spanish audience and jury decide the winner of national selection for the 59th Eurovision Song Contest 2014. Ruth won the entire thing voted second by jury and first by viewers and will represent the country with Dancing in The Rain in Copenhagen. Brequette was one of the favourites emerging very later than Ruth Lorenzo’s ultimate favourite to win.
THE JURY + TELEVOTING RESULTS
36 points – La Dama
42 points – Raul Fuentes
48 points – Jorge Gonzalez
66 points – Brequette
66 points – 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.