© NPO/NOS/AVROTROS NATHAN REINDS VIA BBC NEWS
- rule out /rool out/
- contender /kuhn-TEN-der/
- green light /green lahyt/
- on site /on sahyt/
- take the stage /teyk thuh steyj/
[phrasal verb] – to prevent something from happening
It’s not likely for the plane to be delayed but we can’t rule out the possibility.
[noun] – someone who competes with other people to try to win something
Bridget is a strong contender for the gold medal in the gymnastics competition.
[noun] – permission to do something
Our teacher gave us the green light to go home after finishing all the tests.
[noun] – inside a factory, office building, etc.
All materials are already on site, so we can start working on it.
[idiom] – to walk onto a stage, as to begin a performance, deliver a speech, etc.
We did very well in our rehearsals. I think we’re now ready to take the stage.
Eurovision 2021 takes place in Rotterdam, Netherlands. This year’s contest is considered to be hugely symbolic because of the pandemic and recent events, and the artists took this as a joint mission—and a challenge—to balance public safety and entertainment. 39 contenders feel a huge sense of responsibility to pursue this cause and many have been preparing for nearly two years since the pandemic hit, refusing to have it get in the way for the second time. “It’s all a part of getting back to normal. We always said no matter what happens with the pandemic we will have a song contest,” Österdahl said. Lighting the green light means giving the postponed contest a second shot. 26 out of 39 countries have re-selected their last-year entries and they have been rehearsing for more than a week in Rotterdam’s Ahoy Arena while following strict safety protocols. Everyone on site is also required to be tested every 48 hours. The Dutch government permitted the arena to have a maximum number of 3,500 people in each of the semi-finals and grand final.
The pandemic has affected each artist differently. They did various techniques to stay clear of the virus while making their way to the hotels and rehearsing on site. Despite the difficulties they had to endure, each artist displays their eagerness to make Eurovision 2021 a success, with the go signal pushing them to take the stage once more.
- Will more audiences look forward to Eurovision 2021? Why do you think so?
- What songs do you anticipate the contestants will sing about?
- If you were a participant, what sort of song or music would you perform and why?
- Why does music have various effects on different people?
- What makes watching live performances distinct from listening to studio versions?