Task 1: Looks and celebrity

In this part of the study guide, we will give you some points to consider when you deal with Task 1 in the exam set. We will outline the text “’Britain's Got Talent’ and Susan Boyle” by Tanya Gold and concentrate on the language features and literary devices the writer uses to make her point, and explain how each of them enhances the message.


“’Britain's Got Talent’ and Susan Boyle” is an abridged version of an article by the same name, written by Tanya Gold and published online in The Guardian on April 16, 2009. 

The article reports on the appearance of Susan Boyle on  the British show ‘Britain’s Got Talent’. The author aims to criticize the way the contestant was perceived by the jury and public before she performed.

Susan Boyle was neither young, nor good-looking and everybody hurried to judge her by her looks. However, as soon as she started singing, the jury and the public were amazed and impressed with her talent.

The writer also underlines that looks are more important in the...

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