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Has Britain got talent?

If you watch Saturday night TV in the UK your answer might be YES or NO.

On ITV (Independent Television) the programmes Britain’s Got Talent (BGT) and X-Factor have been auditioning singers, acrobats, comedians and even synchronized swimmers(!) to find out who is the best entertainer.

Meanwhile, on BBC 1, The Voice, has also been looking for a great singer. The big idea is that contestants are judged on their voice alone, not their appearance. 

But how good are the performers? On both shows a panel of judges give their opinions and decide who has the talent to go through to the next round.

The judges on BGT and The Voice want to sound young and cool. One of the ways they do is through the words they choose. They don’t just say, ‘that was good’; they say, ‘you kicked it’ or ‘you were on fire.’

Next time you watch listen out for the following phrases:

They say

They mean

You were on fire 

You were great 

That was insane

That was really good 

You were unbelievable 

You were really good 

I felt your pain

You showed emotion

You killed it / You nailed it 

You performed that song really well 

You're a risk taker

You're confident

This guy is the finished article  

This guy is already a great performer 

You give it the full monty

You give it 100% effort

You need to own it

You need to perform with more confidence 

I would fight to the death for you  

I would support you completely

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