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The X Factor

On the TV programme "X Factor" they audition people who think they are talented and select only the real gifted ones.

But for the next contestant, the World of showbiz seems a million miles away. It’s Paul, a mobile phone salesman from south Wales.

By day, I ++++ mobile phones. My dream is to spend my life doing what I feel I was born to do.

- Paul, what are you here for today, Paul?
- to sing opera.

I’ve always wanted to sing as a career. Confidence is always been tough like difficult thing for me. I’ve always found it a little bit difficult to be completely confident to myself.

- Ok, we’re ready when you are








(he sings in Italian)








- so you work a card-phone warehouse, and you did that! I wasn’t expecting that, Paul.
- neither was I
- this was a complete breath of fresh air. I thought you were absolutely fantastic.
- You have an incredible voice. I think if you keep singing like that you are gonna be one of the favourites to win this whole competition.
- I think that we’ve got a case of a little lump of coal here that is gonna turn into a diamond.
- Ok. Moment of truth, young man. ++++
- absolutely yes!
- Amanda?
- yes
- Paul, you are ++++

- congratulations!
- it’s unbelievable, I have goose pimples.
- you must be over the moon!
- I am. A bit shocked too ++++

And as Paul heads home happy, the judges think they might have found something special in Cardiff.

- I like shows were somebody isn’t a professional, has a talent, isn’t aware of it, has a normal job, and then you see something ++++. I like that.
- We discovered a little gem. A frog that will turn into a prince.
- yeah.

SHOWBIZ= show business.

MOBILE or MOBILE PHONE (BrE)= cell or cellular phone (AmE)

WALES= a little country to the left of England, in front of Ireland, which is part of the United Kingdom. Its capital is Cardiff, in the south.

SALESMAN= somebody who sells things, but not by staying behind the counter of a shop.

BY DAY= in this example it means "at present".

I DO MOBILE PHONES= I work with mobile phones, I sell mobile phones.

CAREER= your professional life (if you go to university, your career starts when you finish your studies and start working).

TOUGH= difficult.

LIKE DIFFICULT= in this example LIKE means nothing, it’s just a gap-filler (= sort of).

TO EXPECT SOMETHING= to think that something is going to happen.

NEITHER WAS I= me neither. It is the opposite of "so was I" = "me too".

A BREATH OF FRESH AIR= something new and nice.

LIKE THAT= that way (LIKE here is a comparison preposition)

GONNA= going to

WHOLE= entire

LUMP= piece

COAL= the black stone that burns and is used for heating or producing electricity. Diamonds are the result of the crystallization of coal.

TURN INTO= transform

TO HAVE GOOSE PIMPLES= when you feel a strong emotion (like affection, fear or even cold) and your skin pores close tightly producing little bumps, the same as the skin of a goose (or a chicken) when you pluck them (remove their feathers).

TO BE OVER THE MOON= to feel extremely happy.

TO HEAD FOR A PLACE= to go in that direction.

TO BE AWARE OF SOMETHING= to know that something is true.

GEM= a kind of jewel, a precious stone, very beautiful and expensive (like diamonds).

A FROG THAT WILL TURN INTO A PRINCE= in European folklore, an enchanted prince which looks like a frog becomes a prince when a princess kisses him, so the expression means that an "insignificant" person will become very important.

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