Rosa López

This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is López and the second or maternal family name is Cortés.
Rosa López
Birth name Rosa María López Cortés
Also known as Rosa de España
Born (1981-01-14) 14 January 1981
Láchar, Granada, Spain
Genres R&B, dance, pop, rock, disco
Occupation(s) Singer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2002–present

Rosa María López Cortés , (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈrosa ˈlopeθ]; born 14 January 1981, Láchar, Granada, Spain), is a Spanish singer. She came to fame in 2001 as part of the Spanish reality show Operación Triunfo (that she won). She represented Spain in the Eurovision Song Contest 2002.[1][2] She has subsequently released seven studio albums, a DVD and several singles.

She has won awards on several occasions throughout her musical career. These include the 2003 Cadena Dial Award for "Best Artist of the Year" and the Antena de Oro 2006.


Rosa María López Cortés was born in Peñuelas, Láchar (Granada) on 14 January 1981 to Eduardo López and Francisca Cortés. She was raised in the town of Peñuelas with her parents and her three brothers.

Rosa started singing at weddings, baptisms, communions and celebrations for the people of Granada over the weekends with her younger brother at the piano and her father. She was a member of several orchestras, and later created the Trio Roxa.

In September 2001, Rosa auditioned for new reality-show Operación Triunfo and she was selected to enter the show's academy. On 22 October 2001, at the age of 20, she became one of the 16 contestants of the first season of Operación Triunfo. One of the prizes of the competition was to become the Spanish entrant at the Eurovision Song Contest 2002. Soon titled "Rosa de España" ("Rose of Spain"), she won the competition on 11 February 2002 with 26.6% of the votes, in a finale that achieved a record audience of 10,680,000 viewers and a share of 58.8%.

From 4 April to 1 June 2002, the 16 participants of Operación Triunfo toured 27 cities in Spain with 600,000 tickets sold, performing sold-out concerts at the Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona and the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium in Madrid. TVE 1 aired the Bernabéu Stadium concert, becoming the most watched concert in Spain, with 5,136,000 million viewers and a 39.5% share. The re-run of this concert on 9 July resulted in 3,174,000 million viewers and a 27.9% Share.

Music career

2002-2005: First album and first success stories

Once proclaimed the winner of Operation Triunfo, López began her musical career by signing a three-album deal with Sony BMG Music, RCA Records and Vale Music. She starred in several TV spots like Todos contra el fuego for the Ministry of the Environment (along with fellow Operación Triunfo contestants), and for New World Jewels, the latter with a two-year deal. On 25 April 2012 she released the namesake studio album Rosa, consisting of Latin pop genre compositions by songwriters such as Armando Manzanero, Inma Serrano and José Luis Perales. The album was commercially successful selling over 500,000 copies in Spain, and her first single, "Europe's Living a Celebration", topped the hit list of radio Los 40 Principales. With "Europe's Living a Celebration", she finished in the 7th position at the Eurovision Song Contest 2002 in Tallinn. The summer after Eurovision, López extensively toured Spain. During the tour, she started having problems with her voice but continued working until mid-September, when she cancelled the rest of the tour. López spent a year out of the public eye and due to speculation, she called a press conference where she explained that she would soon return to the stage.

On 29 October 2003, López released her second album Ahora, with a dance-pop style. The album was a commercial success and exceeded sales projections reaching number one twice in the official albums chart; its lead single "La esencia de tu voz" topped Los 40 Principales' hit list. From April to September 2004, she conducted a promotional tour of the album. In June 2004, López traveled to Venezuela for a fortnight to promote the album to the media. A few weeks later she became the image of computer brand Odin. On 16 November 2004 she released her third album, Ójala, which was intended to be a small gift for her fans by singing Christmas songs and new songs written for the occasion. In 2005 López decided to take a sabbatical year with small appearances on television and a short tour with the Granada Blues Band touring major cities in the region of Andalusia.

The singer and Granada Blues Band recorded two singles, one of which became part of the soundtrack of the movie Buscando a Emma. A few months later, she recorded the title song of the movie Torrente 3: El protector.

2006-2009: Musical transition and personal evolution

In 2006, Rosa López undertook a new stage of her professional career, having lost 40 kilos of weight, with a modern image and more mature themes. In early 2006 she participated in the dancing talent show Mira quién baila (Spanish version of Strictly Come Dancing), where she was proclaimed winner. On 30 May she launched her fourth studio album Me siento viva with dance-pop sounds that represented a major change from her previous works, mixed by internationally renowned sound engineers Ankelius Martin and Dan Hetzel. At the end of June, she started the tour Me siento viva until October; shortly after the start of the tour, she became the image of XLS products. In early December, she appeared in the special show conmemorating the 50 years of history of TVE, performing Rocío Jurado's hit song "Como una ola". Later that month, on 26 December 2006, also in TVE, she appeared in the special show Disco del Año, where the audience chose the best album of the year in Spain. Her album Me siento viva was named the best album of the year with the 27% of the votes.

During 2007, she debuted as an actress in the theatre play La menegilda, and also appeared in several TV series and television adverts. In summer 2007, she returned to stage for the Me siento viva concert tour. López decided to prepare a new album for early 2008, but due to the death of her father, the album was postponed. In 2008, she was chosen by TVE to represent Spain in the Eurovision Dance Contest 2008, but shortly before the competition took place TVE decided to pull out of the contest.

On 7 October 2008, her fifth studio album Promesas was released, consisting of covers of 10 classic international Pop-rock songs from the 80s and 90s, produced by Jordi Cristau. On 22 December López participated in the special show aired by TVE Plácido y la copla, a tribute to the copla genre and to Plácido Domingo, performing the songs "Súspiros de España" and "La Zarzamora". In June 2009, she began the tour Promesas in her native city of Granada, which took her across the country.

On 3 November 2009, López released her sixth album Propiedad de nadie, consisting of songs written by José Luis Perales and produced by his song Pablo Perales.

2010-present: New albums

In 2010, López performed in events such as Gala Especial Manolo Escobar, a tribute to Manolo Escobar aired on television, where she performed "Solo te pido" together with Manolo Escobar and "¡Qué viva España!" together with Escobar and the rest of guest performers. An episode of docu-reality Volver con... on TVE centered on her. López participated in the ceremony of Beatification of Leopold of Alpandeire at the airbase of Armilla, Granada, performing Schubert's Ave Maria. Also that year, she conducted two tours across Spain: the Propiedad de nadie tour with 14 concerts, and the Gira 10 Aniversario tour with nine concerts, which prolonged until 2011.

Her seventh studio album, the second namesake album of her career Rosa López, was released on 19 June 2012, produced by Alejandro de Pinedo. The lead single of the album was a cover of Mari Trini's song "Yo noy soy esa"; the album was a return to the dance-pop genre after six years. The tour that accompanied the album began on 13 May 2012 in Madrid and prolonged in 2013 and 2014 with more than 40 concerts in theatres across Spain,

In 2015, López was part of the talent show for songwriters Hit - la canción (Spanish version of Irish format The Hit), aired on TVE 1. In the show López picked to perform the song "Me da igual", which was released as a single. On 10 February 2015, in the show's finale, "Me da igual" was voted the winner by the audience.[3] It peaked at number 11 on the Spanish Singles Chart.[4]

On 31 March 2015, López performed at the special concert show Eurovision Song Contest's Greatest Hits in London, produced by the BBC and the EBU, which conmemorated the 60th anniversary of the Eurovision Song Contest.

2002: Eurovision Song Contest

In the finale of the Eurovision phase of Operación Triunfo, the audience decided that Rosa would represent Spain in the Eurovision Song Contest to be held in Tallinn, Estonia on May 22, 2002, with the song "Europe's Living a Celebration".

Rosa performed the song "Europe's Living a Celebration", accompanied by fellow Operación Triunfo contestants David Bisbal, David Bustamante, Chenoa, Gisela and Geno Machado as backing singers and finished in 7th position with 81 points, despite being tipped to win by the Spanish media. Yet the broadcast achieved an audience of 14,380,000 viewers in Spain (85.2% Share), becoming the most watched program in the history of television in Spain since the arrival of private broadcasters (1990). It remained the most watched television program in Spain until the final of UEFA Euro 2008.

Other projects

2006 and 2008: Mira quién baila

In 2006, López was proclaimed winner of the third season of Mira quién baila (Spanish version of Strictly Come Dancing) with 62% of the popular vote, followed by Milene Domingues and David Meca.

On 7 January 2008, López took part in a special episode to choose the best dancer among almost all the contestants who had participated in the first six seasons. In this special, López was proclaimed winner.




  1. Bohlman, Philip V. (2004). The music of European nationalism. Santa Barbara, Calif.: ABC-CLIO. p. 2. ISBN 978-1-57607-270-7. Retrieved 6 February 2011.
  2. "Eurovision Song Contest 2002". European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 6 February 2011.
  3. 'Me da igual' de Rosa Lopez es el hit del año.
  4. "Rosa López - Me da igual". PROMUSICAE.
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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
David Civera
with "Dile que la quiero"
Spain in the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by
with "Dime"
Preceded by
Operacion Triunfo Winner
Succeeded by
Ainhoa Cantalapiedra
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