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Bruno Mars, Superbowl superstar

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After his Superbowl performance yesterday, Hawai-born singer Bruno Mars may become the next international superstar. 

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"Mars opened with a virtuoso drum solo before launching into a medley of hits." AFP

Bruno Mars, Superbowl superstar

Yes there was an American football game yesterday, the biggest of the year, but it wasn't very exciting. The Seattle Seahawks trounced the Denver Broncos 43 - 8 in New Jersey's Metlife stadium.

Bruno Mars gets things started at the Pepsi Super Bowl XLVIII Halftime Show at MetLife Stadium with some upbeat song and dance. AFP

What was exciting about yesterday's Superbowl was the half-time show. After his performance yesterday, Hawai-born singer Bruno Mars may become the next Michael Jackson-type superstar.

Bruno Mars (L) and Anthony Kiedis of the Red Hot Chili Peppers perform during the half-time show. AFP

Here is how the AFP news agency described the performance that was seen by an estimated US TV audience of 115 million people.

"Sporting his trademark quiff and dressed in a sparkling blazer and slim-fitting trousers – a reference perhaps to one of New Jersey's most famous acts, The Four Seasons – Mars opened with a virtuoso drum solo before launching into a medley of hits.

He brought the house down with his song "Treasure," before being joined by fellow performers The Red Hot Chili Peppers for a barnstorming rendition of their anthem "Give It Away."

The chilly temperatures inside the stadium were clearly no deterrent to Chili Peppers front man Anthony Kiedis, who performed shirtless as he bounced around the stage.

Two images of the Stars and Stripes were then beamed onto the field as the music gave way to a montage of video messages by US military personnel serving overseas.

Mars closed the set with his ballad "Just The Way You Are," ending with rapturous applause and an explosion of fireworks.

If you are in a hurry, here is the finale of the show, featuring the ballad "Just the Way You Are."

Oh, her eyes, her eyes make the stars look like they're not shining
Her hair, her hair falls perfectly without her tryin'
She's so beautiful

And I tell her everyday
Yeah, I know, I know when I compliment her, she won't believe me
And it's so, it's so sad to think that she don't see what I see
But every time she asks me do I look okay?
I say

When I see your face
There's not a thing that I would change
'Cause you're amazing
Just the way you are

And when you smile
The whole world stops and stares for a while
'Cause girl, you're amazing
Just the way you are

And here is the full 13-minute show:

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Vocabulary:

anthem: a song that has a special importance for a country, an organization or a particular group of people, and is sung on special occasions -

applause: showing enjoyment or approval of something such as a performance or speech by clapping the hands repeatedly to make a noise - การปรบมือแสดงความชื่นชม

audience: the people who watch/listen to an event happen - ผู้ชม

ballad: sentimental song that tells a story - เพลงช้าที่มีใจความบรรยายถึงความรัก

barnstorming: of a performance or show of skill that that people find very exciting to watch - ที่น่าตื่นเต้น

beam : to send out a beam of light, or an electrical or radio signal, etc - ลำแสง  คลื่น

blazer: a type of light jacket that is often worn as part of a uniform, for example by schoolchildren or members of a sports club -

bounce: to move quickly away from a surface that an object has just hit - กระเด้งจาก, เด้งจาก

bring the house down: to make everyone cheer or laugh, especially at a performance in the theatre - ประสบความสำเร็จในการแสดง

chilly: cool enough to be unpleasant, but not really cold - เย็นชา

deterrent: something that makes people decide not to do something by making them realize that something unpleasant could happen to them - ซึ่งขัดขวาง, ซึ่งยับยั้ง

estimated: thought to be a particular amount, size, etc. based on a guess or the best information available - ประมาณการ

firework: an object that explodes when you light it and produces coloured lights and loud noise - ดอกไม้ไฟ, ดอกไม้เพลิง, พลุ

image: a photograph, painting, or other work of art that represents a person or thing - รูปภาพ

launch: to start something - เริ่มต้น, เริ่มทำ

montage: a picture, film/movie or piece of music or writing that consists of many separate items put together, especially in an interesting or unusual combination - การช้อนภาพให้เป็นภาพเดียว, ภาพตัดต่อ

news agency: an organisation that collects news and supplies it to newspapers and television and radio companies - สำนักข่าว, องค์กรรวบรวมข่าวให้สื่อมวลชน

overseas: in another country - ต่างประเทศ

performance: the act of carrying out some type of entertainment or sport - การแสดง

quiff: a piece of hair at the front of the head that is brushed upwards and backwards - ปอยผมที่ยื่นออกมาข้างหน้า, ลอนผมที่ปรกมาข้างหน้า

rapturous: full of extreme pleasure and happiness or excitement - ซึ่งปลาบปลื้มสูงสุด

reference: mentioning someone or something - การอ้างถึง, การอ้างอิง

rendition: the performance of something, especially a song or piece of music; the particular way in which it is performed - การแสดง, การถอดความ

slim: thin, in a way that is attractive - ผอมเพรียว

solo: done alone - กระทำเพียงคนเดียว, กระทำเพียงฝ่ายเดียว

sparkling: shining and flashing with light - พร่างพราย

sport: to have or wear something in a proud way - สวมใส่

temperature: a measurement of how hot or how cold a place or object is - อุณหภูมิ

trademark: something particularly noticeable that a person typically has - เครื่องหมายประจำตัว

trounce: to defeat somebody completely - ชนะอย่างเด็ดขาด

trousers: pants; a piece of clothing covering the body from the waist to the feet, divided into separate parts for each leg and worn by both men and women - กางเกง

virtuoso: a person who is extremely skilful at doing something, especially playing a musical instrument - ผู้เชี่ยวชาญ โดยเฉพาะในด้านศิลปะและดนตรี

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