Session 3

Have you ever dreamt of being a singing superstar? What do you think about contestants on talent shows? In this session we're going to hear from three hopefuls who have been waiting for this opportunity for a long time!

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    Activity 1

Activity 1

'I've been waiting for this moment my whole life'

Have you been practising?

Many people dream of fame and fortune. They sign up for reality television or radio programmes and try to impress the judges with their singing talent. Maybe you have even dreamt of this yourself? Talent shows like this attract a lot of different people. We're going to meet three of them: BobbiJudy and Tim.

Listen as the presenter Derek meets them and see if you can answer these questions:

  • Who prepares for auditions in a strange way?
  • Who is doing their audition for someone else?
  • Who has a problem with the temperature?

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Barreeffama agarsiisi Barreeffama dhoksi

Derek
OK, welcome back to Song Stars! We’re looking for the country's next singing sensation. I'm Derek O'Donnell and here, lining up for the auditions, are the contestants.

[SFX: cheering]

Derek
Hi, what's your name?

Bobbi
Er, Bobbi.

Derek
Bobbi, you're here to audition. How are you feeling?

Bobbi
Alright, I guess. I've been practising a lot.

Derek
Have you been waiting out here for long time, Bobbi?

Bobbi
Er, only just got here, really. It's a bit cold.

Derek
It is a bit nippy! So, how long have you been singing, Bobbi? Is it your passion? Would you die for it?

Bobbi
Since forever really. Yeah, I've been doing this for a long, long time.

Derek
Yeah, OK, good luck!

[SFX: singers warming up]

Derek
So, we're inside now. Everybody's getting ready to perform for our judges. And some of them have some rather unusual ways of warming up. Like here, we have... Hello, what's your name?

Judy
Judy.

Derek
Hi, Judy. Now you're about to go into the audition room and you're standing on your head?

Judy
Yeah, I am. I'm standing on my head.

Derek
Er, how long have you been standing on your head?

Judy
Probably about two hours now. It really helps me calm down before I go into an audition.

Derek
OK. Great. You just keep going there. Best of luck.

Judy
Thank you.

Derek
We're outside the audition room and I think, yes, someone is in there. They're about to get the judges' feedback.

A woman sings Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

Judge
[In the distance] I didn't like it. I hated it. My gosh. You haven't been singing professionally, have you?!

Derek
Er. That didn't sound good. Anyway, here's...

Tim
Um, it's Tim.

Derek
Tim. Hi. How are you feeling?

Tim
A bit nervous, I guess.

Derek
What made you come and audition today?

Tim
It's for my family. They've been saying to me: "You know Tim, you should have a go."

Derek
So, this is for them! Brilliant.

Tim
Yeah, brilliant. But it's a bit sad really. Just before I came here, my parents broke up.

Derek
I'm sorry to hear that, Tim. How have you been dealing with it all?

Tim
OK, really. I mean... I can't back out now. Maybe my mum and dad will see this and they'll get back together.

Derek
Maybe! Are you ready?

Tim
Yeah. I’ve been waiting for this moment my whole life!

Derek
We're with you, Tim. Go in there. Knock the judges' socks off! Yeah.

Tim
OK. Thanks!

STING

Did you work out the answers to the three questions? Here they are:

  • Who prepares for auditions in a strange way? Judy - she stands on her head.
  • Who is doing their audition for someone else? Tim - he talks about his family.
  • Who has a problem with the temperature? Bobbi - she feels cold.

To do

That was the Song Star auditions show. We hope you enjoyed it. How much can you remember? Try out this quiz!

Song Stars quiz

8 Questions

Who will be the next singing sensation? How much can you remember about our talent show contestants? Choose the correct answers for all these questions

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End of Session 3

That's it for this session! We hope you enjoyed hearing from our singing hopefuls. Join us in Session 4 where you'll read about the future of TV talent show judges.

Caasluga kutaa kanaa

    • Present perfect continuous tense

      Meaning and use

      To talk about an activity that started in the past and is continuing now or has recently finished.

      • I’ve been reading that new book you lent me

      Form - positive and negative

      subject + have/has/haven’t/hasn’t + been + present participle of main verb

      • He’s been revising all day
      • I haven’t been drinking coffee recently

      Form - question

      • Have you been eating biscuits?

Session Vocabulary

  • sensation
    (here) something or someone that causes great excitement or interest

    auditions
    short performances, usually by actors, musicians or dancers, to show that they are right for a particular play, film or show

    contestants
    people who take part in a competition

    nippy (informal)
    cold

    warming up
    preparing for a performance

    feedback
    opinions or thoughts about something, usually intended to improve it

    knock the judges' socks off (idiom)
    really impress the judges