Spain’s Ruth Lorenzo is one of only two artists to give the Iberian nation a top-ten finish in the past 15 years. And when Ruth sings, the world stops. In the recent grand final of X Factor Spain, she gloriously claimed: “I’m here to sing… and slay!”
It’s been 10 years since Ruth stepped onto an X Factor stage, when she first participated in the fifth series of The X Factor UK. But with a fiery rendition of “Loveaholic”, Ruth not only returned to the show — she stole it! From raw vocals to vibrant emotions, Ruth’s new sound left the whole nation speechless con mucho gusto! Bravísima!
— Factor X (@FactorXTV) July 5, 2018
Ruth Lorenzo – “Loveaholic” live from Spain’s X Factor grand final
Red is the colour of love, but also of fire. Ruth served both, adding emotion, energy and desire at full pelt. From the LEDs to her sensual red dress, her performance was as fiery and elegant as needed to make Ruth’s time showtime.
Her performance was on point both vocally and artistically from start to finish. She starts the performance in the dark but joined by the same bold red theme. Her first bars already captivate with a taste of soul. But that soon escalates in power and vocal perfection as the chorus hits and lights shine. They help unleash fierceness, sensuality and some proper rock vibes. The way she glances and the way she moves — she has the right attitude.
There are 10 YEARS between these photographs! @RuthLorenzo went from bringing the house down on the UK #XFactor in a fiery performance of Always to bringing the house down with a fiery rendition of #Loveaholic on #FactorXFinal! We're SO Proud of you Ruth! #10YearsOfRuthLorenzo ? pic.twitter.com/ki3UOqJftP
— RuthLorenzoForever (@RuthLForever) July 6, 2018
As she has said, “Loveaholic” explores the journey of love and its addictive power. But also meaningful relationships and important moments that have made a mark on her life.
“This record made me realise of my addiction to love. Where it comes from – because I’m addicted – and how everything unfolds. This album’s songs tell or help everyone to understand why I’m addicted to love.”
“Loveaholic” is not the only performance in which she served proper Lorenzo in a talent show. Ruth first presented an astonishing rendition of “Good Girls Don’t Lie” on the beloved OT stage back in November.
Last night’s staging
As recently spotted on social media, Ruth Lorenzo trusted Javier Pageo — architect, theatre designer and artistic director — to stage her performance. On his personal YouTube channel, he creates mock-ups of his own idea for many other Eurovision acts — including Amaia and Alfred’s “Tu Canción”.
They managed to capture Javier’s project on national television and were happy with the result. Here’s Javier’s original plan for the “Loveaholic” performance:
Ruth replied, hiding a secret message that can be read between lines:
Siempre supe que este día llegaría…. ay! Cuando nos dejen hacer lo que hay en nuestras cabecitas. Gracias por tu profesionalidad y por tu talento. ?
— Ruth Lorenzo (@RuthLorenzo) July 6, 2018
“I always knew that day would arrive… ay! When we’re allowed to do what we have in our heads. Thanks for your professionalism and your talent.”
Back in 2014, Ruth wanted real water effects during her Eurovision performance — that even included a diamond structure with a water system on it. That turned out to be impossible to bring to life due to height and weight limits on the Copenhagen stage.
When asked if she would like to return to the contest, she then clarified two conditions set for the Spanish broadcaster: to respect her style and do everything on time. Which, as we all can tell from recent years, is a struggle for RTVE. Spain has a cursed history when it comes to staging. However, the Spanish singer also acknowledged how much work the Eurovision team in Spain does.
During her visit to the OT Academy last November, Ruth told the contestants about her problems with the scenography. “It was amazing but hard,” she said. “We worked a lot – both Dani my manager and me. Even then, some problems can occur. There’s scenography — you can or can’t do that — but remember to always be strong with the technical team.”
“Loveaholic” cancellation concerts
Ruth knows how the music industry works — and also how to survive a raw and sometimes unfair market.
Back in April, Ruth published a heartfelt yet heartbreaking letter on social media regarding the financial difficulties of keeping The Loveaholic Tour running. While her tour was not totally cancelled, four shows were.
As she stated in her letter: “It would be much easier writing a statement saying ‘Due to circumstances beyond the artist’s control, we are forced to cancel’ but it’s not like that and I want to keep this relationship of total honesty with all you.”
? He querido escribir unas palabras sinceras para vosotros ? pic.twitter.com/cru9ws8ozO
— Ruth Lorenzo (@RuthLorenzo) April 19, 2018
Immediate support from fans and many famous faces in the music industry filled Ruth’s post with proper love and candid messages. Soon after that letter, Ruth Lorenzo confirmed she would be working with a new manager.
But pa’ fuera lo malo – sí, sí, sí. After Ruth’s performance during the X Factor final, her album went to number one on iTunes Spain. Her slayage remains untouchable!
— Ruth Lorenzo (@RuthLorenzo) July 6, 2018
What do you think of Ruth Lorenzo’s “Loveaholic” performance during the X Factor Spain final? Would you like Ruth Lorenzo to represent Spain at Eurovision again? Tell us in the comment section below!