Ruth Lorenzo in 2014
|Birth name||Ruth Lorenzo Pascual|
10 November 1982|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, piano|
Virgin/EMI Records (2009–2010)|
H&I Music (2012–2013)
Roster Music (2013–present)
|Associated acts||The X Factor finalists 2008, Dannii Minogue, Conchita Wurst|
Ruth Lorenzo Pascual (Spanish pronunciation: [rut ˈloɾenθo]; born 10 November 1982), better known as Ruth Lorenzo, is a Spanish singer and composer, best known for coming fifth in the fifth series of the British TV talent show The X Factor in 2008. Artists such as Auryn and Dannii Minogue have included compositions of hers in their albums.
Her debut single "Burn" entered the Spanish Singles Charts and reached number 16 when she released the single on 27 June 2011. She released her first UK single "The Night" on 15 June 2013, featuring a club remix by Almighty.
She represented Spain in the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 with the song "Dancing In The Rain", which entered the Spanish Singles Chart at number 5. She scored 74 points for Spain, finishing in 10th place.
Her debut album Planeta Azul was released on 27 October 2014; one year later in October 2015 was released Planeta Azul: Edición Especial, becoming in only one week the number 3 selling album in Spain.
Ruth Lorenzo was born on November 10, 1982 in the Region of Murcia, in south-eastern 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 Catalan opera singer Montserrat Caballé, 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 Utah in the United States 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.
2008: The X Factor
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.
Performances on The X Factor
|Week||Song||Theme (if any)||Result|
|Week 1||"Take My Breath Away"||Number one songs in UK and US||Safe 10th (3.47%)|
|Week 2||"I Just Can't Stop Loving You"||Songs by Michael Jackson or The Jackson 5||Bottom two 10th (2.95%)|
|Final Showdown (Week 2)||"Purple Rain"||Contestants' choice||Saved by deadlock|
|Week 3||"Summertime"||Big band||Safe 5th (8.93%)|
|Week 4||"No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)"||Disco||Safe 5th (10.25%)|
|Week 5||"My All"||Songs by Mariah Carey||Bottom two 7th (6.94%)|
|Final Showdown (Week 5)||"Knockin' On Heaven's Door"||Contestants' choice||Saved by judges|
|Week 6||"Angels"||Best of British||Safe 3rd (13.91%)|
|Week 7||"Love Ain't Here Anymore"||Songs by Take That||Safe 3rd (16.07%)|
|Week 8||"I Love Rock 'n' Roll"||Songs by Britney Spears|| Eliminated by public vote|
2009–10: After The X Factor
Lorenzo performed at gigs across the UK and Ireland in December 2008 and January 2009. In February and March 2009, she joined the X Factor Live tour with fellow finalists. She also was nominated for three awards at the Digital Spy Reality TV Awards. Ruth officially confirmed her record deal with Virgin Records on May 6 with an interview with Xpose.
In 2010, Lorenzo was approached by Spanish TV Channel Cuatro and asked to write a song for their new fictional drama Valientes. She accepted and composed two songs for the show, one for the opening ("Quiero Ser Valiente") and one for the end credits ("Te Puedo Ver"). Ruth performed "Quiero Ser Valiente" on Friday 22 January on Spanish talent show Fama a bailar (which was also aired on Cuatro). In July 2010 it was revealed that Lorenzo had written songs for Dannii Minogue's comeback album revealed on Dannii's ITV2 show Style Queen. Lorenzo confirmed in a blog posting that she parted away from Virgin Records/EMI due to "creative differences" and that she would continue working on her album as an independent artist.
2011–13: The Raspberry Pattern
She signed up to website indiegogo.com where fans helped to fund her debut single. The funding was for airplay, the video shooting, marketing and PR services. The CD version included "Burn", an acoustic version of the song and "Eternity". 'The Raspberry Pattern' became the name of her band. Lorenzo was booked for more dates around the United Kingdom for the summer and autumn of 2011. Ruth released a free track download titled "The Night" for her Facebook fans in August 2012 which was officially released in June 2013 with a videoclip. On November 11 a lyric video for her single "Love is Dead" was uploaded to Ruth's YouTube channel. The single was released under the independent H&I Music on digital platforms, including the song "Pain" as a B-side. At the end of 2013 Ruth signed with a new record company, Spanish company Roster Music and unveiled her new website.
2014: Planeta Azul and Eurovision Song Contest
On 20 January TVE selected Ruth Lorenzo as one of the five candidates to represent Spain at the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest. Months earlier the eurovision-spain.com website made a survey known as "La Elección Interna" among eurofans and international juries from thirteen different countries to check who could be the ideal Spanish candidate to represent Spain. Ruth came second in the list among one hundred different Spanish candidates In February the song "Dancing In The Rain" was released as one of the Spanish pre-selection entries for the Eurovision Song Contest 2014. The song was released on February 18 and it became number one on iTunes Spain. On February 22 she won the Spanish national final. Therefore, she represented Spain in the contest with the song "Dancing In The Rain" on 10 May 2014. The song finished 10th overall.
Her debut album Planeta Azul was released on 27 October 2014. The album contains thirteen new songs, and also "Dancing In The Rain". The release of the album was preceded by release of lead single, "Gigantes", on October 7, 2014, which debuted at number six on the Spanish Singles Chart. The official video for the single was released on October 22.
2015–present: After Eurovision, Tu Cara Me Suena
In 2015, Lorenzo served as a judge in the Spanish talent show Levántate (Spanish version of Stand Up for Your Country), aired on Telecinco from 10 February 2015 to 17 March 2015. She also served as a member of the Spanish jury in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015.
On 16 October 2015, a special re-issue of her debut album Planeta Azul was released, which includes new tracks and songs she had recorded previously in English language. One of the new tracks, titled "99", was released as a single on 28 August 2015 and debuted at number 9 on the Spanish Singles Chart.
On 30 July 2015, Lorenzo was announced to join the cast of the fourth season of television show Tu Cara Me Suena (Your Face Sounds Familiar), in which celebrity contestants impersonate a different iconic music artist on stage each week. The season premiered on 18 September 2015 on Antena 3. In the season finale that took place on 29 January 2016, she was declared winner with 47% of the televote.
Performances on Tu Cara Me Suena
|Week 1||Lady Gaga||"The Edge of Glory"||24||1st place|
|Week 2||Freddie Mercury and Montserrat Caballé||"Barcelona"||22||2nd place|
|Week 3||María Jiménez||"Se Me Olvidó Otra Vez"||11||8th place|
|Week 4||Sinéad O Connor||"Nothing Compares 2 U"||21||2nd place|
|Week 5||Tina Turner||"Proud Mary"||24||1st place|
|Week 6||Amaral||"Toda La Noche En La Calle"||14||6th place|
|Week 7||Marilyn Manson||"Personal Jesus"||21||2nd place|
|Week 8||Céline Dion||"All By Myself"||22||2nd place|
|Week 9||Amy Winehouse||"Back to Black"||21||2nd place|
|Week 10||Jessica Rabbit||"Why Don't You Do Right?"||22||1st place|
|Week 11||Gloria Estefan||"Conga"||10||7th place|
|Week 12||Conchita Wurst||"Rise Like a Phoenix"||19||4th place|
|Week 13||Florence & the Machine||"Shake It Out"||20||3rd place|
|Week 14||Mariah Carey||"All I Want For Christmas Is You"||17||4th place|
|Week 15 (1st Semi-Final)||P!nk||"Glitter in the Air"||22||1st place (1st qualifier for the final)|
|Week 16 (2nd Semi-Final)||David Bowie||"Heroes"||Already qualified||Already qualified|
|Week 17 (Final)||Jennifer Hudson||"And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going"||47%||Season's Winner|
- Studio albums
- Planeta Azul (2014)
- Extended plays
- Burn (2011)
- The Night (2013)
- Love Is Dead (2013)
- Dancing In The Rain (Cahill Remixes) (2014)
- Renuncio (Remixes) (2015)
Guinness World Records 2016
On the 19th of October, Internacional Breast Cancer Awareness Day, she performed in 12 hours in eight different Spanish cities, achieving the Guinness World Records for this special cause. The name of the event was "Un récord por ellas".
Awards and nominations
|2008||Award nomination for Sexiest Female on a Reality TV Show||Digital Spy||Nomination|
|Award nomination for Best Contestant on a Reality TV Show||Digital Spy||Nomination|
|Award nomination for best moment on a Reality TV Show (singing Purple Rain when in the Bottom Two)||Digital Spy||Nomination|
|2009||Award nomination for Best British Single, "Hero". (X Factor 2008 Finalists — «Hero»)||Brit Award||Nomination|
|2014||Spanish national final for Eurovision Song Contest 2014||Mira quién va a Eurovisión (TVE)||Winner|
|"Hechicero" - Best Original Song||Goya Awards||Pre-selection|
|2015||"Hechicero" - Best Documentary Song||Hollywood Music Awards in Media||Nomination|
|Ruth Lorenzo - Best Singer||Premio ESAEM||Winner|
|2016||Un Récord Por Ellas||Guinness World Records||Winner|
- "'X Factor' Lorenzo splits from EMI". Digital Spy. 2010-08-04. Retrieved 2012-04-10.
- "X-Factor Horoscopes". Russell Grant. 2012-03-14. Retrieved 2012-04-10.
- "La murciana que cabreó a Price". El País. 2008-12-05. Retrieved 2015-07-11.
- "Alex and Ruth are eX mates". The Sun. London.
- "Ruth Lorenzo compone e interpreta la cabecera y el cierre de 'Valientes'". FormulaTV. Retrieved 2012-04-10.
- Robertson, Colin (28 July 2010). "Dannii is flop of the pops". The Sun. London.
- "Ruth Lorenzo - Single Pre-Sales and VIP Exclusives". Indiegogo. Retrieved 2012-04-10.
- Official Website
- Thorne, Liam Ruth Lornezo heads to LA to record new album wiwibloggs.com
- Xavi Martínez presentará en exclusiva Gigantes, lo nuevo de Ruth Lorenzo
- Thorne, Liam Manuel Villanueva: "Es un orgullo que 'Levántate' sea un formato español y que seamos la primera cadena en ponerlo en marcha" formulatv.com. In Spanish.
- "Ruth Lorenzo publica hoy su nuevo single en inglés, '99'" (in Spanish). Europa Press.
- "RUTH LORENZO - 99 (SONG)". Hung Medien.
- "Ruth Lorenzo concursará en 'Tu Cara Me Suena'" (in Spanish). 20 Minutos.
- ""Tu cara me suena", un espectáculo total" (in Spanish). La Razón.
- "Ruth Lorenzo gana 'Tu cara me suena'" (in Spanish). El Mundo.
- 2015 Hollywood Music Awards in Media
- Ruth Lorenzo receives Premio ESAEM 2015
El Sueño de Morfeo
with Contigo hasta el final
|Spain in the Eurovision Song Contest
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