The Ballroom Dancers




main incredible relationship
enjoy pleasure win/won/won
luck patronize best of luck
proud thing (2) pick up (3)
push thing (2) absolutely
buzz apologize nature (2)
crazy academy example (2)
buzzer obviously extraordinary
as well no matter spectacular
give up amazing throw/threw/thrown
hope ballistic throw around
proud sound (2) win/won/won
bravo look after sketch (2)
vote pray (2) behind (2)





David: “Hello. Welcome.”
Paddy: “Thank you.”
David: “Actually, it reminds me of a Little Britain sketch. Please could I have your names?”
Paddy: “I’m Paddy.”
Nico: “I’m Nico.”

David: “And what is the nature of your relationship?”
Paddy: “It’s a professional one.”
David: “And might we ask you your age?”
Paddy: “I’ll be eighty this July.”

Simon: “Do you think you can win this show?”
Paddy: “It would be very nice, but just as long as people enjoy what we are doing and we give people pleasure — that’s the main thing.”
Simon: “Okay, best of luck.”

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Amanda : “Oh my gosh! I can’t look!”

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Amanda: “Amazing! Amazing!

Amanda: “Can I push my golden buzzer?”

Amanda: “I’m so proud of you! Absolutely incredible!”

Simon: “I apologize for what I did, because I obviously buzzed a little early. This is before all the crazy things happened. It was all kind of like slow and normal, and then it all went ballistic.

It’s extraordinary.”

David: “You’re an amazing example for older people, because you have shown that no matter how old you are, you can still be spectacular, and beautiful and do something amazing.”

Nico: “If she can, all people can. If you want, you can.”

David: “How did you get into dancing?”
Paddy: “I had been a dancer since the age of two-and-a-half, like lots of little girls. And I gave it up to get married; I had four children.
David: “Then when did you pick up dancing again?”
Paddy: “I went to live in Spain with my husband, and unfortunately, after 18 months, he died. And for something to do, I went to Nico’s dance academy to learn something totally different.

And this is the result.”

Amanda: “My grandmother is 93 years old, and I just kept thinking of her when you were being thrown around by that man. And I think she would want to have been around to press that buzzer for you as well. So and my nan are going to be right behind you. And I hope you win Britain’s Got Talent.

The fact that you did it for all those years and then had your lovely children and then lost your husband, you gave up so much.”

Paddy: “When I started to do this, I spoke with my family and I said, ‘what do you think?’ And they said, ‘you gave everything up to have us and look after dad. And he would be proud.”

Amanda: “Yes, he would.”

Alesha: “Paddy you are my hero, and I pray to God that I’ll be like you when I’m your age. We don’t want to sound patronizing, but we have to say it like it is: ‘that is something I’ve never seen before. I’m so pleased that Amanda’s pressed that button’.”

Amanda: “And bravo Nico.”

Alesha: “And you know what, we don’t have to vote.”

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Monday. In the beginning the judges and audience were surprised. True or false? Why were they surprised? Were they supportive or arrogant?

Tuesday. In the performance, was Paddy 80 years old?

Wednesday. What was Paddy and Nico’s relationship? Were they grandmother and grandson, girlfriend and boyfriend, husband and wife, friends, or dance partners?

Thursday. Did Simon, one of the judges, ring the buzzer? What color was the buzzer? Why did he ring the buzzer?

Friday. The audience changed how they felt. Is this right or wrong? Why did their mood change? How did they feel? What was their reaction?

Saturday. After the performance, did Amanda press the red buzzer? Did she remain at the judges’ table?

Sunday. Simon regretted having pressed the red buzzer. He was sorry that he had pressed the red buzzer. Is this correct or incorrect?

Weekdays. Had Paddy been dancing her whole life?


Weekends. Were you gasping during their performance?

Three-Day Weekend. Is there a lesson that people can learn from Paddy and Nico?

Spring. I know some elderly people who are fit and active. Yes or no?

Summer. Are dance academies, schools, clubs and dancing popular in your city?

Autumn, Fall. Talent shows and competitions are quite popular. True or false?

Winter. What will happen in the future?

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