Ruth Lorenzo was born 10 November 1982 in Murcia, Spain. She is a Spanish singer notable for coming fifth in the fifth series of the British version of TV talent show The X Factor in 2008.
At a very young age she became a fan of the musical Annie and although she had no idea of what the words meant she would sing along to the songs in English. When she was six years old she discovered music by Montserrat Caballé, a Spanish opera singer, and after her mother bought her an album by Caballé, Lorenzo began to sing opera, imitating Caballé's vocals until she was pitch perfect.
At the age of 12, Lorenzo's family moved to America and this was the first time she had the opportunity to be involved in music at school. After much encouragement from her teachers, Lorenzo was entered into competitions and played lead roles in musical productions such as The Phantom of the Opera and My Fair Lady. When Lorenzo turned 16 the family returned to Spain and although having had singing lessons by this time, she had to cancel these lessons due to family financial difficulty and as a result Lorenzo gave up on her dream of becoming a recording artist.
When Lorenzo was 19 she joined a rock band, which was a challenge for her as she had only sung opera music. In 2002, she auditioned for the 2nd series of Operación Triunfo, the Spanish version of Fame Academy, where she was rejected in the first rounds of auditions. The series was eventually won by Basque singer Ainhoa. She also made a big decision to quit her job in her family's business in order to pursue her dreams once again, but after three years of touring around Spain the group decided to split up. Ruth landed a contract at Polaris World where as well as performing, she worked as a PR consultant.
In 2008 Lorenzo auditioned for the fifth series of The X Factor in front of judges Simon Cowell, Cheryl Cole and Louis Walsh. She sang Aretha Franklin's 1967 hit "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman". She impressed the judges and made it through to the next stage of the show, "bootcamp". Lorenzo passed both stages of bootcamp and was sent to St. Tropez with the other successful contestants from the over-25s category.
There she auditioned in front of Dannii Minogue who was her X Factor mentor. After an emotional performance of Cyndi Lauper's hit "True Colors", sung in Spanish, Minogue decided to pick Lorenzo for her final three who would proceed to the live shows.
On the first live show she sang Berlin's "Take My Breath Away" in English and Spanish. She had mainly good comments, especially from Cowell, who told her she should sing in Spanish more often.
However, the next week Lorenzo sang Michael Jackson's "I Just Can't Stop Loving You" in English only, and ended up in the bottom two. She performed Prince's "Purple Rain" in the singoff, and it saved her into the next week. In Week 5, Lorenzo was in the bottom two again against one of the crowd favourites Laura White. This time she sang "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" and was saved by judges Minogue, Walsh and Cowell.
Her performance was overshadowed by the uproar over White's departure. During Take That week, Lorenzo sang her rendition of the group's "Love Ain't Here Anymore". She received high praise for her performance, with Cowell saying it was sensational. By Week 8 Lorenzo was Minogue's last remaining act and she was eliminated after receiving the fewest public votes. Lorenzo bowed out with another performance of Bon Jovi's "Always". Close friend Alexandra Burke went on to win the show.