In the weeks leading up to the Eurovision Song Contest 2014, I’ll be reviewing each of the 37 entries competing this year. Today I’m looking at Spain, who are drawn nineteenth in the grand final with ‘’Dancing In The Rain’ by Ruth Lorenzo.

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Spain: Ruth Lorenzo – Dancing In The Rain

Ever since she appeared as a finalist on the 2008 series of X Factor UK – in which she overcame the lack of a built-in fanbase to battle her way into the top five – I’ve been waiting for Ruth Lorenzo to turn to Eurovision. A powerful, passionate singer who really comes alive in the arena of live performance, it seemed like an obvious fit for her talents. It may have taken six years, but she’s finally made it, representing her home country after narrowly winning the televised national final with her own composition ‘Dancing In The Rain’.

Ruth Lorenzo - Dancing In The RainThe song certainly plays to Lorenzo’s strengths, building from a hushed opening verse to a euphoric chorus that allows her to showcase all the considerable colours of her voice – particularly in the final minute, in which she really lets rip. Essentially a 3 minute vocal showcase, on record it’s perhaps a little bit repetitive and simplistic, but it should make a fabulous performance piece.

In that respect, it’s not dissimilar to Spain’s 2012 entry from Pastora Soler – which returned them to the top ten after a nine-year drought. It’s even drawn the exact same performance slot – a healthy 19th, close enough to the end not to be in too much danger of being lost in the shuffle. On the other hand, she has a lot of strong female performances to compete with – from Sweden, the United Kingdom, Italy and Austria.

This is a tough one to call. If she nails the vocal – and based on her past form I’m confident that she’ll knock it out of the park – I can see the juries rewarding her strongly. It’s a question of whether the song will resonate with televoters in a crowded field. She has a lot going for her, and I can’t imagine this being totally overlooked – certainly not to the degree Spain’s lacklustre entry from last year was at any rate – but I don’t quite see it in the top tier either. So I expect the parallel with Pastoria to extend, and for Ruth to wind up somewhere near the border of the top ten.

Prediction: 8th-13th