Views #1413 | Intermediate (B1)


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

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. 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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Audio Lessons about Phrases and Vocabulary



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.



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.



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.




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


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.



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.

Vocabulary Quiz

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 .

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