The Dancer




ready forget turn of (3)
stupid act (2) bad sport
hero utterly off you go
truth useless audience
mock mockery what’s the matter
stage go back in front of
swear lose it ticked off
aspire carry on apologize
beep run off come off it
chose expect go your way
regret audition ridiculous
boss attitude judge (2)






Who could possibly forget the dance moves of . . . David Williams.

Ant and Dec: Ready?
David Williams: Yes.
Ant and Dec: Go on.

David Williams: Hello.
Piers Morgan: What’s your name?
David Williams: David.

Piers Morgan: (I think we turned on David, not because he’s a bad dancer—but because he’s a bad sport. We like good sports in this country).

Piers Morgan: And what’s your act, David?
David Williams: Dancing.
Piers: Who do you aspire to be like in the world in dancing? Who are your heroes?
David Williams: One of my heroes is Justin Timberlake.
Piers: Okay, off you go.

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Simon: David, the truth is you are completely and utterly useless.
Piers: Simon, yes or no?
Simon: Absolutely not.
David Williams: Beep. Beep.

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Ant and Dec: What happened? What’s the matter? What’s the matter with you? Huh?
David Williams: They all made a mockery of me.
Ant and Dec: Who did?
David Williams: Simon, the judges and all or most of the audience. Now I just feel stupid in there on the stage, in front all those people, telling them to _____ and then running off.
Ant and Dec: Do you regret swearing at them now? You regret running off? Do you want to go back on and speak to the judges and maybe apologize and have a conversation with them, yeah? Yeah?
David Williams: I want to say sorry for what I did.
Ant and Dec: Okay, come on man. Alright. Come on.

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David Williams: Simon, I want to apologize to all the audience for losing it in front of you. And . . .
I come here to apologize and talk to them, and all you could do is say that. Hey come off it!

Ant and Dec: He’s ticked off again.

Piers: Hey, we didn’t ask you to say anything, did we?
David Williams: I was getting a mockery from the audience; you know how that feels, standing here . . .
Amanda: But you came . . . but listen to me: you chose to come here today. You chose to show us your skills in front of this audience. What do you expect if it doesn’t go your way? It’s not always going to go your way.
David Williams: I wasn’t expecting the . . .

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See that’s what you get from an audience. I went to apologize and they stand in the stage and do it.

Amanda: I mean that’s ridiculous. You can’t expect to come to an audition, and have everyone like you. How can you say that?

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David Williams: I am going to just carry on with what I want to do. And I’m going to show that Simon Cowell who’s boss.

Ant and Dec: See that’s a better attitude than the one you had before, running off.
David Williams: A lot better.
Ant and Dec: Yes.
David Williams: So they can all go and beep.
Ant and Dec: What? Go on and say it. Go on, tell them.
David Williams: They can ___ off.

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1% (One Percent). In the beginning, was David nervous or was he motivated and enthusiastic?

3% (Three Percent). Who is his role model? Who does he want to be like?

5% (Five Percent). David performed magic tricks. True or false? What was his act?

10%. Did David finish his routine? Was Simon the judge nice and sympathetic to David?

20%. Did David say, “OK” and walk off the stage?

25%. How did he feel after he left the stage? What was he doing?

33.3%. David returned to the stage and everyone was on good terms (friendly) with each other. Is this right or wrong?

50%. Is David going to quit dancing? What is David going to do now?


66.6%. What do you think of David’s performance?

75%. Were you shocked by Simon’s critique? Were you surprised by David’s reaction?

90%. Do you sympathize with David, do you agree with Simon, both or neither?

99%. I know people who are like Simon and David. Yes or no?

100%. Oftentimes performances are so bad, they are fun and entertaining to watch. What do you think?

110%. What will happen to David?


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