Ruth Lorenzo in 2008.
10 November 1982 |
|Genres||Rock, Latin pop, opera|
|Labels||Virgin/EMI Records (2009-2010) Roster Music|
|Associated acts||The X Factor finalists 2008, Dannii Minogue|
Ruth Lorenzo Pascual, better known as Ruth Lorenzo (born in Murcia on the 10 November 1982) 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 also Dannii Minogue have some of her songs in their respectives albums. Her debut single "Burn" entered the Spanish Singles Charts and reached number 16 when she released the single on the 27th of June 2011. She released her first UK single "The Night" on 15 June 2013, featuring a club remix by Almighty. She will represent Spain in the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 with the song "Dancing in the Rain".
- 1 Early life
- 2 Career
- 3 Discography
- 4 Awards and nominations
- 5 References
- 6 External links
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.
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|
|Week 2||"I Just Can't Stop Loving You"||Songs by Michael Jackson or The Jackson 5||Bottom two|
|Final Showdown (Week 2)||"Purple Rain"||Contestants' choice||Saved by deadlock|
|Week 3||"Summertime"||Big band||Safe|
|Week 4||"No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)"||Disco||Safe|
|Week 5||"My All"||Songs by Mariah Carey||Bottom two|
|Final Showdown (Week 5)||"Knockin' On Heaven's Door"||Contestants' choice||Saved by judges|
|Week 6||"Angels"||Best of British||Safe|
|Week 7||"Love Ain't Here Anymore"||Songs by Take That||Safe|
|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, and at the Spirit of Northern Ireland Awards on 20 January. 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. On April 30, 2009, Ruth Lorenzo performed at the Bubblegum Clubs 15th Anniversary Party at The Dandelion bar in Dublin. At the appearance she announced she had signed a record deal and that her album would be out at the end of the year. She also said that Simon Cowell was a bit devastated that she did not sign with him but she said he never offered and she dedicated a song to him. Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler has agreed to write with her, Slash and Carlos Santana has written a song which is said to be Lorenzo's debut single later in 2009. Ruth officially confirmed her record deal on May 6 with an interview with Xpose. Lorenzo performed at Hamilton Park Racecourse on July 11 alongside fellow X Factor Finalists Diana Vickers and JLS. She also performed at the Ashfield Show in Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire on the 8th of August. Lorenzo performed in a benefit concert at Polaris World in Murcia, Spain (her home town) where she used to work, with all proceeds going to Polaris World Projects in Africa on the 28th of August. On the 14th of November 2009, she performed at the Paisley Christmas Lights Switch On event held in Paisley Town Centre. Whilst she did not turn the lights on, she appeared at 3pm and performed several of her popular X-Factor songs, finishing with Purple Rain. In a short interview following it on stage with Clyde 1, she confirmed her first single and album will be out in March 2010. She did not confirm what the title would be, nor did she sing any songs from it live. 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 is also aired on Cuatro). Lorenzo performed at the nightingales club in Birmingham for the second time, first been after she was eliminated from the X Factor. In July 2010 it was revealed that Lorenzo has been writing songs for Dannii Minogue's comeback album revealed on Dannii's ITV2 show Style Queen. One of the songs she has written is called "Because You Are Beautiful". 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 Rapsberry 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". This songs are covers of songs written by CAIYO's (Francis Rodino) 2009 album Circles and Squares, was released on June 27 in Spain and on the August 7 in the United Kingdom. 'The Raspberry Pattern' becomes the name of her band. Talking about her debut album she said: "I have been working with some extremely talented writers and producers on a collection of songs of which not only I am proud of, but which represents who I am as an artist, writer and performer. An album that is true to my character and that hopefully will stand the test of time". Lorenzo was booked for further more dates around the United Kingdom for summer and autumn 2011. Ruth released a free track download titled "The Night" for her Facebook fans in August 2012 and 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 is released under the independent discography H&I Music on iTunes, Spotify, Play Store..., including the song "Pain" as a side B. At the end of 2013 Ruth signed with a new record company, Roster Music and released her new website.
2014-present: Planeta Azul and Eurovision Song Contest
Her website announced March 1 as the date for the release of her new album. 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. She will represent Spain in the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 with the song "Dancing in the Rain" on 10 May after winning the national final called Mira quién va a Eurovisión on 22 February.
As lead artist
|Year||Single||Peak chart positions||Album|
|"Love Is Dead"||—|
|2014||"Dancing In The Rain"||7||Planeta Azul|
|"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released.|
As featured artist
|Year||Single||Peak chart positions||Album|
(with The X Factor Finalists)
|2012||"Fall To Fly"
(with The Osmonds y Sophia Osmond)
|—||—||Can't Get There Without You|
|"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released.|
|Year||Song||Film or TV show|
|2010||Quiero ser valiente ||"Valientes" Original Soundtrack|
|2010||Te puedo ver||"Valientes" Original Soundtrack|
Awards and nominations
- Brit Award nomination for Best British Single, "Hero".
- Digital Spy Award nomination for Best Contestant on a Reality TV Show
- Digital Spy Award nomination for Sexiest Female on a Reality TV Show
- Digital Spy Award nomination for best moment on a Reality TV Show (singing Purple Rain when in the Bottom Two)
- "'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.
- "Alex and Ruth are eX mates". The Sun (London).
- Smart, Gordon (28 April 2009). "Cowell's Ruthless". The Sun (London). Retrieved 28 April 2009.
- [dead link]
- "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
- Hung, Steffen. "Search for: Ruth Lorenzo - Singles". Spanish Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung).
- Official website
- Official Spanish Site
- Ruth Lorenzo main website for news, gigs, photos & videos
- Ruth Lorenzo on Facebook
- Ruth Lorenzo on Twitter
- Ruth Lorenzo on Instagram
El Sueño de Morfeo
with Contigo hasta el final
|Spain in the Eurovision Song Contest