Speaker : 56
Gender : Female
IELTS Speaking Score : 7
IELTS Speaking Session: Part 3


E-examiner S-student
(0:00 – 1:06)
E: So we’ve been talking about a well-known person that you like or admire, and I’d like to discuss with you one or two more general questions related to this. Let’s consider, first of all, being in the public eye. Yeah. What are some of the advantages and disadvantages of being famous?
S: The advantages i… are that, first, that you will get real rich, and the fame actually helps you, because you don’t have to pay for a lot of stuff. They will give you free dresses, and free stays in the hotel, free meals, free everything. So, actually you are saving money, plus the money that you are earning. And the disadvantages are that being a public guy, you lose your privacy. You will always be in the eye of the paparazzi and people, and if someone recognize you, they will take a picture of you, and that’s the end of the re… relax evening. So, I think that there would be a really big disadvantage.

(1:06 – 1:37)
E: Do you think if a celebrity accepts those endorsements, do you think they, they lose their honesty?
S: I don’t think that they will lose their honesty, but maybe it will change them. They will have to accept the environment that they are living into right now. So, if they get famous, and they are not selling their soul to the devil, I don’t think that they are that bad. I think that just human and, if they like it, well, better for them.

(1:37 – 2:13)
E: Can you talk about how the media report on famous people in your country?
S: The reports of the media in my country, they are like half and half, half serious news and half entertainments. So, the reports are often but that, that often. They don’t have, like, big news. If Shakira gets married or not, that’s, like, a small news. But it gets bigger with the people, not with the media, because people start to talking about the news. Not the media makes it big.

(2:13 – 2:35)
E: Do you think more time should be spent on current events and political news?
S: I think so, but I think that we also need a rest from the serious stuff, and we also need entertainments, so it will be a balance, because only bad news is not good for anybody. So, I think that half and half, it would be better.

(2:35 – 3:10)
E: Why do ordinary people f, find the lives of celebrities so interesting?
S: I think because if they see somebody that successful and rich failed or getting dumb or in jail, I think that we feel better about ourselves, because we think, “OK, we might not be rich, but we are better than them.” So, I think that’s why we like it so much, those i… that kind of news.

(3:10 – 3:28)
E: So you think most people want to see that celebrity fail?
S: Maybe, maybe depends. If you don’t like anybody, you will like them fail. But if you really support one person, you will like them {cough} to be, like, really successful.

(3:28 – 4:00)
E: Let’s talk about celebrity culture. How does the media use famous people in advertising?
S: In a lot ff ways, because if people fowllows one person, for example, Justin Bieber right now in the Superbowl, th… th… the media will use that, and publishers will use him as long as it takes, because if he’s famous, their money return will be really high.

(4:00 – 4:24)
E: Do you think people want to buy a product, because this celebrity endorses that?
S: It depends of the target, but if it’s a small target, it won’t be happen like this. But if it’s, like, a child or teenagers, they will follow anything, if their leaders does it.

(4:24 – 4:50)
E: You mentioned Justin Bieber. Are there any negative effects of young people becoming famous?
S: Maybe not for the people that follows the famous people, but I think that it would be really bad for that poor poor guys being famous at that young age. You don’t know what is good and what is bad, and they will always turn bad.

(4:50 – 4:54)
E: Thank you very much. That’s the end of the speaking test.
S: OK, thank you.


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