The Impressionist



MP good luck performance
slightly politician confidence
shout potential my name up in lights
guess judge (2) impression
role case (3) win/won/won
rude sound (2) believe (2)
beard audience get over (2)
vote sweet (2) rubbish (2)
curious nervous absolutely
awful cheers (2)






Britain’s Got Talent Host: Hello, Sir.
David Watson: Hello.
Host: How are you?
David Watson: Fine.
Host: What’s your name?
David Watson: My name’s David.
Host: Nice to meet you. What are you doing for us today, David?
David: I’m doing impressions of three MPs (Members of Parliament): Tony Blair, William Hague and David Blunkett.


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I’ve been doing impressions of politicians, and I’ve been working on it for months. I’ve got the confidence I’m going to be the next big impressionist because I want my name up in lights.

Ant and Dec: But will the judges and the audience see David’s potential?

Host: You’re up. Good luck.


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Piers Morgan: Hi there. What’s your name?
David Watson: My name is David J. Watson. I’m from Sale, Cheshire. And my performance is impressionism.
Piers Morgan: You’re an impressionist?
David Watson: Three MPs.
Piers Morgan: Three MPs, right.
David Morgan: Tony Blair . . .
Piers Morgan: We should be the ones to guess. That’s the idea of being an impressionist.
Simon Cowell: Why do you think you could and should win Britain’s Got Talent?
David Watson: Well, it’s like me saying, “Simon, why do you do Britain’s Got Talent?”
Simon: Well, slightly different roles; I’m just curious why you could win. That’s all.
David Watson: Well, it’s because I believe in myself, that I can do it.
Simon: Alright, ready when you are David.


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Simon: Alright, David, I’m not being rude, but . . . you are the worst impressionist I have heard and seen in my life. Everything sounded the same. He put a beard on.

Who was the first one?

David Watson: Tony Blair.
Simon: Oh, come on.
David Watson: To be honest Simon, I didn’t get over those people shouting off.
Simon: The reason they were doing that was because you were rubbish. Amanda.
Amada Holden: David, you’re very sweet, but if you’re nervous because of them shouting, then you’re in the wrong business.
Piers Morgan: I do think that in your case, you should say at the start who you’re going to be doing.

Alright vote. Simon, yes or no?
Simon: Uh, absolutely not, David — I thought it was awful.
Piers: Amanda.
Amanda: No, sorry.
Piers: No, sorry.
David Watson: Okay, cheers.


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Ant and Dec: So for now, David’s dreams of fame and fortune are over. It’s back to the old catering job.


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1. David Watson’s act on the show was singing. True or false?

2. Was he wearing a sports suit?

3. He impersonated ten different people. Is this correct or incorrect?

4. How did David impersonate them? What did he do?

5. The audience loved his performance. Is this right or wrong?

6. Did the judges like David’s act? What did they do?

7. What did the judges do in the end? Did they say “yes” or “no”?


A. I loved David Watson’s act! What do you think of his performance?

B. Have you seen impersonations?

C. Are beards popular in your city? What about mustaches?

D. My friend wants to enter a talent show. Yes or no?

E. What will happen to David?

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