In Mira quién va a Eurovisión Spain has chosen Ruth Lorenzo for their entry in Copenhagen in May. She blew the roof off the TVE studio near Barcelona with a pitch-perfect performance of her song “Dancing in the Rain”.

Chatter before the contest centered around Brequette, the La Voz veteran and Ruth Lorenzo, who took part in the UK X Factor in 2008. Brequette’s heartfelt show brought tears to the judges’ eyes and the crowd to their feet chanting “Bre-quet-te! Bre-quet-te!” But in the end it was Ruth’s simple performance with minimal backlighting highlighting her maravillosa voice that won the night.

The decision was made half by the Spanish jury, who voted unanimously for Brequette with Ruth in second place, and the Spanish televoters, who voted for Ruth with Brequette in second place. In case of a tie like this one, the televoters win.

With only 5 contestants, TVE wanted to make this selection a bit more personal. After each performance, the singers watched a video featuring their family and fans and then sat down to open a personal gift – Brequette opened a collage made by her son, Dama got a necklace that belonged to her grandmother, Ruth had a copy of the Little Mermaid (hi Copenhagen!), Jorge got his baby’s first onesie and a sonogram of his next baby, and Raúl received a pot to grow a clover (for luck!). Everyone broke down in tears (except Raúl), and Dama couldn’t even speak for a few minutes.

It looks like that Little Mermaid book will come in handy for Ruth!

James Longbotham contributed this report from Berlin. Follow him on Twitter @jimk1n and keep up with the latest Eurovision news and gossip by following wiwibloggs.com on Twitter and Facebook.

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Scott
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This would benefit from a lot less shrieking

Attention!
Guest

I want to sleep when I listen Spanish entry… oh my god! this is the worst song this year near Latvia, Georgia and Iceland! Why Spain?. Jorge or Breguetta were better…

Laura
Guest

It’s fun how Brequette fans are posting comments in English like they weren’t from Spain trying to fake that Ruth will get no points from Europe. Ridicolous.

Nell Stewart
Guest

Seriously this song has gained in Spain? oh my god! Dancing in the rain is really bad … I can not even hear it because I crack the ear. I thought we would win brequette. that disappointment! Nor will vote for Spain

Rebbeca Brown
Guest

I do not like the song of Ruth, it’s very very very boring … they feel like going to bed. There will vote for Spain this year. Her screams annoy me! He did not remember that Ruth had gone to xfactor, and am a big fan of the program.
Spain has elencion wrong with this song.

PACO
Guest

deja caer, deja la lluvia caer

Joel
Guest

WTF!? Racism? Are you kidding? This is one of the lies that Brequette ”fans” have spread all over Twitter. Brequette ruined the song on the stage because she was to nervous.

To all the Brequette fans: KARMA

NathalieBazinga
Guest

It’s a nice song, nevertheless my ears are bleeding. She’s pretty but her singing is very tense.

I still think Switzerland is the best.

Leon
Guest

This is one of the best entries this year! Well done Spain

paco
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Me parece a mi que la desicion de la cancion le corresponde a cada pais.Nos acusan de ser racistas y yo a vosotros de fanaticos, enfermizos y frustrados que no tienen otra cosa que ocupar su tiempo en cosas mas aprovechables que criticar a un pais por una desicion que solo les compete a ese pais.Soy de Gran canaria igual que Braquette aqui solo se habla de la guerra entre estas dos artistas,pero habian tres artistas mas con propuestas igual de dignas que las otras de acuerdo que MAS es un temazo pero la noche del sabado Rut Lorenzo estaba… Read more »
Alex
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I think Ruth is oversinging her ballad, should slow down a bit because Eurovision viewers are not here for big vocalists and they certainly aren’t vocal nazis.

Brequette’s song should be sent to BBC and BBC should pick a young singer to perform, ask Jade Ewen

Mikko from Finland
Guest

Brequette was denied by spanish televoting just because of the color of her skin, I’m sure about that. Racist population who still thinks they are a superior race never will let a black and foreign singer, “la negra”, as many people refered to her on internet, represent their country in a contest like ESC. Absolutely disgusting behaviour, I hope this non-talented Ruth Lorenzo will be a big flop with her superficial song. Brequette was their chance to finnaly win the ESC but they fckd up.

Armond
Guest

Mr. M Dancing in the Rain is one of the most beautiful ballads Eurovision has ever had & everyone is entitled to their opinion so chill!

Jordan
Guest

Spain, you just f**ked up…

No Peak Ingles
Guest

Again someone who mistakes imitating a fire alarm for singing. Makes me grab my earplugs after one minute. Overall a very bad year up ’till now, Italy the only serious contender…

bav
Guest

ACHTUNG!
If you do not accept the winners, you will always lose. The winner is the winner. End of delusions.

Petar
Guest

1.Hungary
2.Spain
3.Macedonia
4.Switzerland
5.Ukraine
6.Belarus
7.Italy
8.Iceland
9.Finland
10.Albania
11.Latvia
12.Malta

Dhani
Guest

12: Iceland
11: FYR Macedonia
10: Finland
09: Hungary
08: Belarus
07: Albania
06: Ukraine
05: Switzerland
04: Spain
03: Malta
02: Latvia
01: Italy

Dhani
Guest

GREAT! so glad that briquette and her plagiat-song didn’t make it.

AnesBosna
Guest

This was the best choice by Spain.
Brequette was really nervous on stage, and i didnt like her live at all…. Imagine her at the big stage in Copenhagen. You still think she will do great? Remember San Marino 2013? Great song, bad live, she floped. Spain, don’t be mad. You will definetely get top 15 in Copenhagen :3

Robyn
Guest

I find it a bit over the top, but there’s a place for that in Eurovision. She has a powerhouse voice, looks great and ought to set the night ablaze in Copenhagen.

Gavin
Guest

WOW. Go Ruth! Such a fantastic singer and lots of passion.

Id like a bit of a rewrite of the song as the repetition is annoying, a little more diversity would be great.

I know Eurovision winners sometimes reflect the feeling of Europe, but maybe this pushing considering the UK recently – Ruth do you have to rub it in?

Pastora Soler haha
Guest

Ruth was absolutely amazing, she really deserved it! Great voice, very emotional, she touchted ours hearts.

Sadly for Brequette, her performance was dissapointing. Great song but not the best singer…. Imo she was the worst of the night along with Jorge.

jumper
Guest

I don’t want to dance althoungh it is rainning

Scott
Guest

Think Spain has messed up…Ruth is great but Brequette’s song is much better, and she’s one classy singer. Any chance we can have her now for the UK, por favor?

Digi
Guest

Spain is the best this Year. In for the while My 12 Top Eurovision 2014:
12.Latvia
11.Belarus
10.Iceland
09.Malta
08.Ukraine
07.Finland
06.Switzerland
05.Macedonia
04.Albania
03.Hungary
02.Italy
01.Spain

Enhorabuena Y Vamos España
Maybe… San Marino 2015 or Barcelona (Spain) 2015… 🙂

paco
Guest

soy español concretamente de Gran canaria,reconozco que como cancion mas es buenisima pero lo de Rut anoche…fue es que no podias parar de mirarla y su poderoza voz,esto siempre es asi muchusima fuerza para Brequetee tu cancion sera un exito.

Francel
Guest
Spain and the Spaniards have been blind. The best option was Brequette song, and have not had the delicacy to follow the opinion of the European fans if Spain would win. I would ask that voting be investigated, because it seems to me that there was something wrong. Anyway, Spain never win Eurovision with people who do not know what you are voting. Brequette was the best option, and if you do not believe me, see the European betting houses, and check how they have lowered position. He was in second place and now is about eight or nine. I… Read more »
ForzaRuthLorenzo
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Grifit
Guest
I’m not gonna say that I’m happy because of the results I wanted Briquette but still Ruth is a good choice, but Briquette was an instant top 10, I love her and I love ruth and Spain has my support it was an awesome final, the five songs were awesome and Ruath and Briquette are awesome as well and they will always be on mi ipod, too much love for Spain and their awesome entries. Go Ruth you will triumph in Eurovision Go Briquette you will triumph in the life you have my love and the love of every person… Read more »
Julian
Guest

Difficult to make a choice between the 2. Ruth should not be mad at juries because it was in their power to bury her by giving her 3rd place in jury vote.

Mr. M
Guest

Armond do you know that this is a SONG competition not who has a better voice?
Brequette had the better song for Spain, I don’t see people (outside of Spain) wasting money to vote for Ruth.
Maybe the jury will give her some points but the public in Europe I don’t think so…

Armond
Guest

Ruth 150% deserved to win because she simply outshone Brequette by a mile! Brequett’s high note was shaky & a bit out of tune but Ruth was FLAWLESS! Spain 2015!

Armond
Guest

Ruth 150% to win because she simply outshone Brequette by a mile! Brequett’s high note was shaky & a bit out of tune but Ruth was FLAWLESS! Spain 2015!

Ivan S
Guest
@Juan Pablo G: Soy español y estoy de acuerdo con usted al 100%. Aún así, no veo que los españoles sean capaces de elegir una canción que guste al público europeo. I’m Spanish and I want Spain to finish last on May 10th. Don’t get me wrong, I like Ruth Lorenzo but as a song, this is awful! I voted myself for Brequette! But, what else do you expect from a country where football is the only thing that really matters? Spain’s issue is its own people, they are comfortable being a mediocre country, as long as they have football… Read more »
Mr. M
Guest

Juan Pablo estoy 100% de acuerdo con usted!

bav
Guest

This is only bad copy of Rihanna and million times worse than Loreen. I don’t know why do you like it. Carl Espen – Silent Storm is much better ballad from Norway.

Marcello Mossi
Guest

I think the singer is very weak and definitely not the best tonight or in general. I’ve heard much better vocalists, especially Tamara Gee (facebook.com/tamarageemusic ; tamaragee.com). My other disappointment is that the song writing reflects sheer plagiarism, as the chorus is is an obvious rip off of “Don’t Cry Out Loud”. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PYNjL9_rCJc&feature=kp

Mex
Guest
I wanted Mas/Run in CPH. Nevertheless, good luck Spain with your mediocre song (already heard a THOUSAND times through the years) but beautiful lady singing it. Looking to all of these selected songs so far, the quality in general is really low. There are lot of predictable (and boring) songs, there’s no breathe of fresh air or up-to-date music (except for the Danish one, because whatever they’ll choose will be that & maybe the Macedonian one). But even then, the songs overall are dull. What the heck is happening? Year after year… I think that the ESC is stuck somewhere… Read more »
Charles
Guest
@Juan Pablo G: Perdóname que te lo corrija pero de hecho casi nadie de los televotantes conocía a Ruth. Los Eurofans que por casualidad sabían de su anterior participación en el XFactor inglés tampoco tenían mucha mas información. Sin embargo el publico español ya había visto Brequette como concursante en La Voz y tenían muchas más referencias sobre la cantora. Entiendo que a ti te de asco la canción de Ruth y bueno es tu opinión y la respecto. Pero si el poder de votación final esta en la mano del publico no eres tu ni yo u otros demás… Read more »
sopon
Guest

Watch my tribute to some fan-favorite contestants who did not win:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lId6K3q3ylE

Bogdan
Guest

Ha! I agree with Charles. Never thought I’d see the day! 🙂

beccaboo1212
Guest

YYYAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYY!! Good luck, Ruth!

Charles
Guest
I was suspicious that Ruth’s song would gain the max points from the televoters only due to having been the most downloaded of all entries on Spanish ITunes this week, whereas Brequette made only to #4 on ITunes. So there is a huge difference between what Spanish voters wanted from what ESC fans want. Technically I stand by the idea both were brilliant but I felt more connected to Ruth’s song due to its crescendo in the melody instead of the already “in your face” melody from Brequette’s. Besides that I can’t stop thinking “Más” sounded too Rihanna baladesque whereas… Read more »
Juan Pablo G
Guest
Españoles, esto va para ustedes: Han cometido el peor error de su historia en la Eurovision. Yo no soy español, pero si me he dedicado a investigar este tema y su historia, y puedo darme cuenta de su etnocentrismo, de su falta de proyección y de su incapacidad de darse cuenta de que esto es un festival PAN-EUROPEO, es decir de TODA Europa; en la cual no se vota por una artista sino por una CANCIÓN. Su capacidad de solamente elegir a alguien porque la conocen de mucho antes (Ruth) y no por su potencial arrastre con los fans de… Read more »
Melissa J
Guest

All the songs were really fantastic, but I felt that Ruth had the strongest performance of the night. She was on key and the vocals were strong. In a year with so many crummy songs (where it seems as if Sweden will join the trend and disappoint us this year as well) I can’t believe so many people are saying THIS is a weak entry! Some people are never happy.

SpirK
Guest

Just heard both ”Dancing in the rain” and ”Mas”. Well one song is great and the other one is excellent. Well ”Más” is the excellent one. Really reminds me of Emeli Sande which I love. Mistake of Spain to not send this amazing entry. Well Dancing in the rain remains good, but not perfect.

Anthony
Guest

Based on her vocals, Ruth can certainly get points from the juries. However, my concern is that “Dancing In The Rain” could struggle with the televoters. At least Spain have sent something in English for once.

Hebbuzz
Guest
I suggest BBC or San Marino contact Brequette immediately to restored the biggest mistake Spain made and proof they could have won with ‘Mas’ in Copenhagen (and in case of RSM get rid of Valentina). For sure Ruth is not black skinned and probably a good singer (though not tonight; screaming only). The song by Brequette was much better and the performance so much more emotional….. Let’s hope ‘Dancing in the rain’ gets disqualified because it’s too similar to this refrain: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3UnUzsdsDso or any other song. In my believe ‘Mas’ would have done much better in Copenhagen by far! At… Read more »