VIDEO: Spain's best Eurovision moments
The Local · 10 May 2014, 18:09
Published: 10 May 2014 18:09 GMT+02:00
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Former UK X Factor contestant Ruth Lorenzo will represent her native Spain in this year’s Eurovision song contest.
Not only is she a bigger name in Blighty than in her country of birth, Lorenzo’s decision to sing her power-ballad ‘Dancing in the Rain’ almost entirely in English has angered Spain’s proud National Language Academy.
It's not the first time Spain's Eurovison participation has been embroiled in controversy. Even Spanish dictator Francisco Franco got involved in 1968.
But the country has also been crowned Europe's best with the help of some super songs and some budding pop stars.