Despite her strong interest, Ruth Lorenzo has decided not to take part in Benidorm Fest 2024. The singer who represented Spain at Eurovision 2014 has revealed that she was considering taking part in the next RTVE national final, but this year’s rules will prevent her from doing so.
Through her social media accounts, the singer explained that she wanted to participate with her song “Woman”, one of the tracks of her latest EP. In order to be able to compete, she decided to remove it from her album, before its release on April 14.
However there was a change in plans. Ruth Lorenzo said:
“I was informed, unofficially, that this year at Benidorm Fest they were going to accept 100% songs in English.
Being the most important song of this EP, with the most important message and with a sound that marks a before and after in my career, I wanted to give you the gift of presenting it at Benidorm Fest trying to return to Eurovision after ten years. Unfortunately, “Woman” was not chosen to compete at the Festival.”
The track is set to be released on September 1st, and she considers it very important to her now that she is in a new phase of her life where she is 100% free after overcoming her problems with her previous record company.
“I am now establishing myself, as an independent label for future work”
Benidorm Fest rules allow song lyrics to be mainly in Spanish and/or another official language, however, lyrics in other languages are acceptable as long as they do not exceed 40% of the total lyrics.
The previous winner of Benidorm Fest and Spain’s representative at Eurovision 2023, was Blanca Paloma with the song “EaEa” and placed 17th in the Grand Final: