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Eurovision

Katie talks about the biggest singing competition on the planet and why she loves it so much.

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Aimee: Hey, Katie, did you hear that Australia are rejoining the Eurovision Song Contest?

Katie: I did. It's a really big news. Really big news.

Aimee: So can you tell us a little bit about Eurovision? What is it exactly?

Katie: Eurovision is basically a music competition that happens every year in May. And countries from all over Europe have an entry in the competition.

Aimee: Right.

Katie: So big, big music singing competition.

Aimee: And it's Euro…

Katie: Eurovision, yeah.

Aimee: Okay.

Katie: Eurovision, and yeah, every single country in Europe send somebody to sing in the competition.

Aimee: Okay.

Katie: And all of Europe watches it, and all of Europe votes for a winner, and it's huge. It's huge.

Aimee: It does sound huge, continental competition.

Katie: Big battle with music.

Aimee: And where is it usually hosted?

Katie: It's hosted in the country of the previous year's winner.

Aimee: Right. So this year then, do you know where it was?

Katie: I don't remember who won it last year, but the previous year, two years ago, it was won by someone from Austria.

Aimee: Okay.

Katie: So last year, the competition was in Austria.

Aimee: Right. That sounds like a wonderful event for the hosting country.

Katie: Yeah. And I'm from the UK, and the UK hasn't won it in such a long time. And I really, really want to win because I wanted to go and see a live Eurovision competition.

Aimee: Right. So over the – you mentioned that you're such a big fan. Over the Eurovision history, do you have any personal highlights?

Katie: Probably my favorite entry was from ages and ages ago, before I was even born by an English entry called Bucks Fizz.

Aimee: Okay.

Katie: They were really awesome. They were singing a great song, and then suddenly, halfway through the song, the boys ripped the girls' skirt off.

Aimee: Oh.

Katie: Not that way. But they were wearing a long dress and then they were suddenly wearing a skirt. And it was amazing.

Aimee: They kind of costume changed then.

Katie: Yeah, costume change.

Aimee: Okay.

Katie: And it happened in the '70s, I think, '70s or

Aimee: '80s, maybe?

Katie: Yeah. And at that time, it was probably the most exciting entry in Eurovision ever.

Aimee: Oh really.

Katie: It's very exciting.

Aimee: A real shock.

Katie: Real shock. A big costume change, big drama.

Aimee: And how was the song?

Katie: Eh. The song was okay. No one remembers the song. Everyone remembers the skirts.

Aimee: Okay. So I take it, they didn't win then?

Katie: I don't think so.

Aimee: Did they?

Katie: I don't, I don't know. I can't remember. Also, I remember the costumes but not if they won or not.

Aimee: Yeah. Not the song.

Katie: Isn't that funny?

Aimee: Costumes, too are important.

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Learn Vocabulary from the lesson

competition

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Eurovision is basically a music competition that happens every year in May.

A competition is a contest or game that people do to determine a winner. Notice the following:

  1. We won the singing competition.
  2. I came in last in the spelling competition.

huge

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It's huge. It's huge.

Huge means very big, but here it means very popular. Notice the following:

  1. Soccer is huge in Brazil.
  2. Rave music is huge in Germany.

continental

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It is a huge, continental competition.

Something this is continental includes all parts of a continent, like Europe or Africa. Notice the following:

  1. We went to a continental tournament in Asia.
  2. There are 48 states in the continental United States.

previous

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It's hosted in the country of the previous year's winner.

Previous refers to something that happened before. Notice the following:

  1. I was a good dancer in my previous life.
  2. She was the boss at her previous job.

real shock

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A real shock.

Something that is a real shock is a big surprise. Notice the following:

  1. It was a real shock to see my mom at the party.
  2. Losing my job was a real shock to me.

costume

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I remember the costumes but not if they won or not.

A costume is a set of clothing people wear when acting or performing to be someone other than themselves. Notice the following:

  1. On Halloween people wear costumes.
  2. Actors often wear costumes.
Answer these questions about the interview.

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Vocabulary Challenge

Complete the sentences with the words below.
competition • huge • continental
previous • shock • costume
  1. I live in the United States.
  2. He does not talk to his wife.
  3. It was a real to see that.
  4. I wore a for the party.
  5. Billiards is in England.
  6. He won the .