One of them was dancing in the rain at Eurovision 2014. The other was nominated for a Latin Grammy as Best New Artist in 2005. And now these two pop queens — Ruth Lorenzo and Diana Navarro — are reportedly in the race to sing for Spain at Eurovision 2020 in Rotterdam.
Yes, just two days after RTVE announced that it was poised to announce “a well-known artist” for Eurovision 2020, the rumour mill has revved up a notch. Spain’s Formula TV — a regular source of reliable knowledge at the Spanish broadcaster — reports that RTVE’s internal selection involves these two divas, both of whom appear on countless Eurofan wishlists.
Formula TV reports that RTVE is currently in talks with record labels, artists and composers close to the broadcaster — including the folks who manage Ruth. Apparently she’s already working on a song. If she were to appear, it would fulfil her promise — made shortly after Eurovision 2014 — that she would return to the contest “within three years”.
Born in Murcia, Spain, Ruth moved to the United States with her family at the age of 12. She rose to fame on the fifth series of X Factor UK, ultimately making it to the quarter-final. Her interpretation of Prince’s “Purple Rain” remains iconic among X Factor devotees.
In 2014 she narrowly beat Brequette in one of Spain’s most hotly-contested Eurovision selections ever. Following a revamp of her song “Dancing in the Rain”, Ruth became a favourite with the Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals. Wiwiblogger Angus gave the song a perfect 10 in our annual review, writing:
“After listening to this song who would even consider taking an umbrella out into a downpour? This right here is the hottest thing at this year’s Contest. It gets literally everything bang on. Amazing vocal, huge potential for choreography, perfectly blended bilingual sections and an amazing composition that builds beautifully to a glorious middle 8 and keeps the fire burning until the song closes out. A triumph!”
Ruth — the last Spanish artist to make the Top 10 at ESC — has stayed close to the fandom and the song contest. She served as Spain’s jury during Germany’s Eurovision 2019 selection in Berlin.
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In 2018 Diana approached the broadcaster about representing Spain at Eurovision 2018. They were receptive and apparently she was promised the chance to sing in Lisbon.
The “Sola” hitmaker even had a song ready to submit…and the public were ready for it. Her participation in Tu Cara Me Suena at the time led Spanish media to report Diana Navarro was the ideal candidate for Eurovision. Edurne had won the 2013-2014 series before representing Spain at Eurovision 2015.
Alas: she had the Eurovision gig revoked. Navarro, like much of Spain, found out live on TV that Operación Triunfo would be used as a national final for Eurovision. The show went on to be a massive ratings win for RTVE and led to the selection of Alfred and Amaia.
But, as we reported earlier this summer, Navarro recently said that she’d still “love” to do Eurovision — albeit with conditions.
“I would love to be able to participate in such a festival…If I go, it has to be with my team, because if I hit it, I’m going to hit it.”
Whether Diana’s dream will be realised this year remains to be seen. But it seems that plenty of music will be available for Diana to choose from. “Unexpected” — her eighth studio album — drops on November 1.
Are you hopeful that one of these divas will sing at Eurovision for Spain? Who would you prefer? And what genre do you think each performed does best? Let us know down below!