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.