Spanish Eurovision fans have been carefully watching “Tu cara me suena” over the past few weeks, and for good reason. Ruth Lorenzo, the Spanish diva who placed tenth for her home country in Copenhagen, emerged victorious on Friday night as the winner of the show’s fourth edition after showing us all some Jennifer Hudson realness.

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wiwibloggs followed the Eurovision star’s progress on the Spanish adaption of “Your Face Sounds Familiar”, during which Ms. Lorenzo impersonated the likes of Mariah Carey, Lady Gaga, and Tina Turner, as well as Eurovision winners Celine Dion and Conchita Wurst. Actor Pablo Puyol also showed the contest some love by covering 2015 winner Måns Zelmerlöw.

By winning 47% of the public vote, Ruth won 30,000 euros. She promptly divided her entire winnings among the charities chosen by her and her fellow competitors. The next edition of “Tu cara me suena” will begin next Friday when one of ten celebrities will be chosen for the final lineup.

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mawnck
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mawnck

“Hey, people from the U.S: How about you atop acting as if your history and values should apply to the entire world? That would be nice.”

Right back atcha.

Thiefo
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Yes, I think the problem here is that americans think all the world is just like them and assume that what is offensive for them should be offensive for everyone. Wearing makeup to darken your skin to imitate a person of color is not offensive in Spain. Period. Judging Ruth for this with this context is not seeing the bigger picture. Grow up, the world is more than just USA 😛

Nirgal
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Nirgal

Hey, people from the U.S: How about you atop acting as if your history and values should apply to the entire world? That would be nice.

If Spain has a different context and that makes black makeup a different thing with a different interpretation, why are you acting like it’s wrong and offensive just because in the U.S it is wrong and offensive?

mawnck
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mawnck

“And is there something like whitefacing? What Michael Jackson did, trying to look white, would that be an example for the same thing, but viceversa?”

On the one hand, of course not. No one was painting themselves white to degrade and insult the white race in America.

On the other hand … Yes, Michael Jackson was constantly ridiculed in America for doing that. This may surprise a lot of Europeans (especially younger ones), but by the late 1990s, Michael Jackson was a laughing stock in America – until he unexpectedly died, which automatically made him a musical genius.

mad-professor
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mad-professor

@Huh
As a mixed-race person: yes, I agree with what I’m saying.

Huh
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Huh

Ehhh. People are adamantly assuming and overreacting on this one. Calling out racist and it’s not even clear if it victimizes actual blacks. Would majority of the blacks even agree with what you say here? Regardless of the aforementioned laws and vice versa? It does not even appear that Ruth and the show intend to be racist here. So shallow to react what people just see and apply it to their own perspectives without fully understanding them.

paco
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Soy maquillador y trabajo en la TV.Me gano mi dinero muy dignamente, estais opinando del trabajo de unos profesionales que se matan hora tras hora para que su trabajo luzca, en el programa en el que trabajan por favor un poco de respeto a este artistico, creativo y apasionante trabajo. “Tu cara me suena” quinta temporada esta ya por llegar en unos meses, mis colegas de trabajo seguirían haciendo de su manera de ganerse la vida algo apasionante.Sñor Galleger siento muchisimo que por culpa de defender nuestro trabajo, se ofenda a etnias, esto esta hecho con criterio profesional y respeto… Read more »

Iberian
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Iberian

I agree, Robyn, I think Bananarama are doing a fabulous tribute in this video. I actually never saw the Supremes-bit as blackfacing nor even offensive. Still, when you go through the viewer’s comments now in youtube, you find quite a few comments like these (I’m just quoting): – “didn’t remember that bananarama had blacked up for this vid?” – “Back then it wasn’t an issue lol” – “What was the point of the black face people would have known they were the Supremes with out it” – “it was 1988 and this is also from the UK idk how they… Read more »

Robyn Gallagher
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Iberian: “I remember the “I want you back” video from British girlgroup Bananarama in 1988, where they appear blackfaced, as a tribute to The Supremes.”

I just watched the video and Bananarama aren’t really doing blackface. Yeah, they’re dressed like a 1960s girl group – wigs, gowns, gloves and jewels – but their skin is just looking slightly bronzed rather than blacked-up.

If anything, this is an example of how to pay tribute to a black artist without using blackface.

mad-professor
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mad-professor

@Huh
Or maybe, just maybe, no one knew that was happening in those shows in the first place?

@Phanie Mane
If ‘the colour of your face doesnt matter’, why can’t Ruth just impersonate Jennifer *without* using blackface? On Stars in their Eyes here in the UK, I don’t recall any contestant using blackface in their impersonations.

@Iberian
Ignorance is just as bad as the act itself.

@Gav
How could *not* doing the offensive thing be *more* offensive?

Huh
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Huh

Asian versions of this show mimic white singers by applying too much white makeup on their face and white color on their skin but no one bats an eye. Double standards much?

Criticca
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Criticca

Not a blackface to me. Her face is not even black but yellow instead. Calm your tits folks.

beccaboo1212
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Cool!!!

eurofan
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eurofan

I have been very critical with ruth during the show the last months. I dont think she is so good as wiwibloggs wants to make their readers believe, but I have to admit she is a well-deserved winner of Your face sounds familiar. She chose a wonderful song and made an emotional and big performance. The second one chose a very bad song so he didnt transfer emotionaly. Congratulations Ruth! Just one last thing because it is not clear on the news. She didnt win 30.000 euros for her and she was so kind that she shared the money for… Read more »

fikri
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fikri

lost all my respect aftet seeing the blackface. 🙁

paco
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Bla, bla, bla, bla, bla…and the winer is Rhut lorenzo, BRAVA

Phanie Mane
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Phanie Mane

@mocosuburbian I understand what you explain.. but 1st: this is a Eurovision music website 2nd: in my country this problem doesnt exist and it is obvious that the producers of Tu Cara me Suena dont know you are explaining about¡¡ 3rd: Do you know?? What everybody must claim is NO TO RACISM, NO TO HUNGER IN THE WORLD, NO VIOLENCE AGAINST WEAKER PEOPLE, ETC..but that a TV program in a foreign and long country offend US??? Please it is obvious that our traditions do not want to offend nobody because they are our culture traditions where things that you explain… Read more »

mawnck
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mawnck

“You people are hilarious ???? and predictable.”

Well … yes. You can definitely predict that Americans are not going to have a good reaction to anything that resembles blackface. Just chalk it up to a cultural difference, because it’s never going to change.

Thiefo
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Haha I was expecting people to be complaining about blackface as soon as saw the preview image for this article. I was not disappointed. You people are hilarious 😛 and predictable.

mocosuburbian
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mocosuburbian

@Spanish people This isn’t an issue of American overreaction, since your country obviously hasn’t experienced the level of racial division that the US has since like the 15th century or w/e The issue with blackface isn’t that it calls up present day racial connotations but rather that it references a bloody past where race was far more important than it is now. Race itself isn’t a touchy subject in the US–it’s the effects it had on us a long time ago. By calling out blackface in Europe it’s not to force people to look at race as something that makes… Read more »

Phanie Mane
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Phanie Mane

Oh my God¡¡ Your comments show me a real problem in Europe and USA and make me to be proud to be spanish, where the colour of your face doesnt matter because everybody love everybody as human being and have not into account the colour of the skin¡¡
This, is because we have no problem to make up our faces black, yellow, red or blue… let our way to love and our friendship reach to other countries and you would be happiest¡¡

Iberian
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Iberian

Well, of course: If there was a black singer in “Tu cara me suena” and she or he had to do a Céline Dion tribute, he or she would wear make-up in order to look white like Ms Dion. Everyone in Spain would expect that. The show works like that – but if you don’t watch the show you obviously don’t know how it works. In fact: the participants spend hours in the make-up section with incredible make-up-artists doing fascinating work to turn them into perfect look-a-likes (changing hair, skin, eye color, putting fake fatsuits or whatever). I suggest people… Read more »

Christopher
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Christopher

“Black face.” Very offensive in the U.S., though I understand less offensive in other parts of the world. Consider a different scenario: A black female singer, like Beyonce’ or Jennifer Hudson, performs a Celine Dion song as tribute to Ms. Dion. Would you expect that black female singer to come out onstage with her face and hands covered in white make-up? It would look strange, even vulgar, and it would likely detract from her voice and talent. Because miming skin tone is unnecessary. If you were not white and chose to dress as Superman for a costume party, would you… Read more »

Sou
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Sou

I’m sorry, Sam, but ‘your face sounds familiar’ is the british talent show based on Tu cara me suena

mawnck
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mawnck

“With that said these songs have to be cleared by the writers/artists so I wonder when a Beyoncé song gets covered does she know how it’s being used on a show like this.” No. She wouldn’t have anything to do personally with clearances. That would be handled by whoever was repping her in the country in question. Yeah, the blackface thing is a little hard to explain to Europeans in a comment section, but in America, it’s almost (not quite) as bad as wearing a Nazi uniform. It’s all tied in with slavery and minstrel shows. The American blackface showbiz… Read more »

mocosuburbian
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mocosuburbian

blackface…. really?
really?
good morning europe apparently you dont know but blackface is literally the emblem of Jim Crow laws (fun fact, Jim Crow references a person in blackface) and racial segregation in the US and is literally the worst possible thing you can do in ‘honoring’ a black American–I understand Zwarte Piet and everything, but no. Just no.

Iberian
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Iberian

I remember the “I want you back” video from British girlgroup Bananarama in 1988, where they appear blackfaced, as a tribute to The Supremes. It seems it wasn’t an issue in the UK at least, and they’ve sold millions of records worldwide, noone seemed to care about the blackfacing in their video. In Switzerland there was a comedian called Birgit Steinegger. She did some years ago an Oprah Winfrey parody, appearing blackfaced. It wasn’t a problem until then, but actually some media brought up the issue. But it seems as people didn’t see the problem. As a Spaniard I find… Read more »

Gav
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Gav

I think that would have been much more offensive not to acknowledge the original artists skin tone in a show where you make yourself look like the singer. I do believe that singers I. The competition change hair colour and style too and alter make up? I am one of the ignorant ones who maybe does not understand the conetations of blackface and sure I would disagree with its past and mockery you speak of. However I don’t percive it in my head as someone insulting someone else here. I see a talented singer who is idolising another talented singer… Read more »

Jake
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Jake

the idea of blackface is really interesting because in the US it is incredibly offensive. Clearly she is celebrating Jennifer Hudson and her talent with that performance but in the US she would never be able to get away with it and if she ever were to break out internationally this might actually haunt her. With that said these songs have to be cleared by the writers/artists so I wonder when a Beyoncé song gets covered does she know how it’s being used on a show like this. The interesting thing is that there are relatively few black people in… Read more »

Österrike
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Österrike

I wish a soul grenade like “And I am telling you” would explode on Eurovision stage. It would be a captivating moment like Rise like a phoenix. Eurovision should not only be for irrelevant pop and ballads and in a typical Eurovision bubble tune.

Adam
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Adam

Let’s just do this peacefully 🙂 I agree with Robyn, it is really disheartening to see blackface go uncalled out! But I know europeans have 0 to little understanding of the history behind blackface, so theyre just ignorant thats all. Its used to dehumanize and make black people seem cartoonish. White skinned people can still be successful wearing blackface (making a mockery of an entire race) while black people have a hard time with being themselves in the first place. Thats why its considered rude and dehumanizing and not considered the same as wearing a blonde wig or colored contacta,… Read more »

Mei international
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Mei international

Robyn I agree. One note is that if this were taking place in an Anglo country she’d be considered a person of color herself so it may be less offensive (vs. when Cesar did it)

Iberian
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Iberian

I was hoping Edu Soto wins, but the Spanish crowd loves a shouting diva.
Robyn, the point you raise is very interesting indeed. I actually never see what’s so offensive about blackfacing. I mean, in these show everything is about disguising the stars so they look “exactly” like the original stars. If Xuso does Britney he gets a blonde wig, if Ruth does Caballé she gets extra kilos (like Monica in Friends back in the days).

Österrike
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Österrike

Mi favorita estaba Adrian Rodríguez. Enhorabuena a la fabulosa Lorenzo!

Han
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Han

This woman is awesome. I can’t wait for her to come back to eurovision with an awesome song. I bet it’s one of the eurofans’ biggest wishes for the next year, as she said back in 2014 that she would return to the contest next year, can’t wait!

Alex
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Alex

She is so talented. Well deserved

Pastora Soler haha!
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Pastora Soler haha!

Congrats ruth! Pablo Puyol came 3rd by the way

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Robyn nobody in spain knows nothing about blackface concept.

In fact i had to investigate the meaning on google.

Robyn Gallagher
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I know it doesn’t have the same cultural meaning in other countries, but it breaks my heart when singers on these shows do blackface performances. 🙁

marie
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marie

She’s great!