Ruth Lorenzo is quickly becoming the queen of TV music contests. First she made a name for herself on the UK X Factor. Then she won Spain’s Mira Quien Va A Eurovision. And now she’s putting on face paint and mimicking Whitney Houston as part of Spain’s popular celebrity singing show Your Face Sounds Familiar.

Yes, you read that correctly. Last night Ruth impersonated the American R&B diva. She took on the difficult challenge of “I Have Nothing”. Perhaps she was looking to warm up her vocals in preparation for her Eurovision power ballad “Dancing in the Rain”?

What do you think of her performance? Does it pay proper homage to Whitney? Or is Miss Houston turning in her grave as we speak? Let us know in the comments box below.

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Callous
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Callous

Black face is certainly non-pc in many countries (although of course this is hardly the black and white Minstrels type of stuff). To be fair everyone singing on this show who is performing has their face made-up to look as close to the original artist as possible. A boy band on the same show were there as the Jackson 5…which makes this look very tame in comparison (and don’t ever mention the Stevie Wonder act from a previous episode):-O Probably would have been better for Ruth to point blank refuse the make-up (although of course then she’d likely be persona… Read more »

Alex
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Alex

As an American, I worry about Americentrism when some insinuate that merely putting on the appearance of being black when one isn’t black must be offensive everywhere in the world. (Side note: this has a long history in Britain as well.) Imposing one’s traditions and morality on the people of another country is always something you have to be careful about. It is a different story when there’s stereotyping involved, but I don’t really see that here.

Zolan
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Zolan

@Lou. Do not worry. The people here do not think Ruth had bad intentions. They only think she was not careful about public opinion.

Lou
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Lou

I am very surprised by the comments posted here. “Tu cara me suena” (Translated as “Your face sounds me”) is a family program where characters known Spanish (singers not only), try to imitate famous national and international singers, try not to make a version of the song, but they mimic his appearance, his voice, gestures … respecting the artist. On occasion they have come to make an unfortunate imitation bordering on parody. But Ruth did an amazing imitation. I’m sorry there countries where the black painted face is synonymous with racism, but in the context in which Ruth sang was… Read more »

Tarkan
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Tarkan

This TV program’s becoming famous around the world. Indeed, It is conceived not only to imitate an artist, but being the very artist: himself/herself. That means a lot of work in characterization and gesture, hours reseharsing, hours in make-up. Ruth Lorenzo gave me the chills! because She made a great performance. Good job! What a Voice!

Carlos
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Carlos

the program your face sounds familiar aims to make imitations and Ruth Lorenzo imitates Whitney Houston and when someone imitates a colored singer the team makeup, makeup singer to singer who will imitate resembles, in Spain it is not considered disrespectful

John
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John

Are you all crazy?
Ruth is performing a show conceived to entertain the audience with artists pretending to be another artists. That is the show “your face sounds familiar”.
Your are all sick.

Scott
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Scott

Shockingly awful on so many levels…seriously, how do they get away with this stuff? She certainly has ‘nothing’. A flat rendition, in offensive make up, what possessed her to think this would make great tv?

Zach
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Zach

I wonder how people would feel if a dark skinned man painted his face white in order to do Michael Jackson’s later songs when he looked white or any ethnic white singer for that matter.

Robyn
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Robyn

I suspect that in Spain, blackface doesn’t have the same awful and offensive meaning that is does in other countries. It’s probably seen as no more offensive as, say, wearing an Afro wig.

But for some of us, blackface is horrible and offensive. If Ruth were just a Spanish entertainer, it probably wouldn’t get noticed, but now that she’s the representing her country in Eurovision, this is a big deal. It’s ammunition for her critics.

Thiefo
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Thiefo

So Ruth goes and pays a great, beautiful and well executed homage to Whitney Houston and she needs to explain herself just because she painted her face dark, for the reason that Whitney was african american? Wow, we live in a world where you need to be EXTREMELY careful to don’t do anything that might potentially offend someone somewhere, even if it’s not at all the case…

I agree that if this was to make fun of Whitney it would have been offensive, but it really wasn’t, so I really fail to see how this could be considered crass.

Francheska
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Francheska here: I’m American, so let me say a couple of things about blackface. 1) The practice was used in the 1800s and 1900s to mock African-American culture and degrade black people. In these performances negative racial stereotypes were often portrayed and cruel behavior was thrust upon the characters who donned blackface. I’m not sure of how large of an issue this is in Europe (particularly in Spain), but it carries a very negative tone. One could argue that drag is similar, but that has a very different context around its creation. And adding this to how many challenges Whitney… Read more »

Cindy
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Cindy

Yikes. Blackface is never a good idea, girlfriend.

Zolan
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Zolan

Actual black face is still politically charged in America.
The term “black face” now extends to any skin-darkening intended to impersonate darker-skinned people, regardless of intent.
And the political charge follows the term.
This should give ESC some media attention in the USA.

Charles
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Charles

@Kerry: Whitney Houston (RIP) was a black African-American woman …. Get a grip, girl!

Dar
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@ Kerry calm down .. How is she being offensive .. Get a grip ….
And then you go on about brequette who has proven she is not a great singer live
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Don’t be soo bitter

mlebacc14
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mlebacc14

Black face is really offensive? She’s trying to impersonate a singer! LOL.

Eugene UK
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Eugene UK

Ruth Lorenzo’s official video “Dancing in the Rain” (and she is ……………….well nearly!!)

http://www.rtve.es/television/20140314/videoclip-dancing-in-the-rain-ruth-lorenzo/896580.shtml

Kerry
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Kerry

PS I think she’s actually trying to impersonate Brequette…a REAL singer

Kerry
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Kerry

Black face is really offensive!!!

Armond
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Armond

I love her so much! Here’s to hoping she wins Eurovision 2014.

Bogdan Honciuc
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Most anyone who tries to impersonate a giant will be dwarfed by comparison. In this case, Ruth doesn’t try to impersonate Whitney, but goes on the smart path of performing the song in her own style, and it works. It’s more like an hommage.

She is great and so is her voice. #TeamRuth

marklebron
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marklebron

stunning!