She’s currently one of the celebrities competing on the latest series of the hit BBC One dance show.
The television personality, 51, who spoke ahead of the first episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK, also said ‘it’s time’ for same-sex couples to appear on the series.
A dream come true: Michelle Visage has revealed that she ‘held out’ for Strictly Come Dancing and even turned down other shows such as Dancing With The Stars to appear on the programme (pictured with professional dancer partner Giovanni Pernice)
Michelle is currently partnered with professional dancer Giovanni Pernice on the show and they are storming the leaderboard with 30 points on week one and 32 points on week two.
Talking about Strictly, Michelle told MailOnline and other press: ‘I love this country so much, I feel like Strictly holds more of the traditionalism that the dances are. I don’t want to go crazy and do wacky stuff.
‘I like the idea of if you give me a waltz, I’m going to do a waltz… I don’t have to break into the running man to make it interesting, I want to do a beautiful waltz.
‘That’s what I love about Strictly, over Dancing With The Stars, or any of the other shows, is that they can keep the traditions of all of them alive, that’s why I held out for this one.’
Speaking out: The television personality, 51, also said ‘it’s time’ for same-sex couples to appear on the series after years of campaigning from fans
Talking about having same-sex couples on Strictly, after years of campaigning by show fans, Michelle said: ‘I mean, I feel like it’s time, you know, it’s definitely been time for that to happen. So I think if anyone’s going to do it, Strictly will do it and they will do it right. I think it’s time, for sure!’
‘I don’t think gender really has a place in there anymore, I think if it looks good, it looks good, if it doesn’t, then you just deal with it.’
Michelle has cemented a successful career for herself as a judge on the DragRace franchise and on the judging panel of Ireland’s Got Talent.
Yet the television star isn’t concerned about being judged on Strictly and has actually admitted that it is ‘fantastic’ being critiqued by experts.
Co-stars: Michelle spoke ahead of the first episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK (pictured at a press event with her co-judges Graham Norton and Alan Carr)
Speaking ahead of her debut on the BBC One series, she has currently scored an impressive 30 on week one and 32 on week two, Michelle said: ‘It will be fantastic to be judged.
‘The reason I judge on Ireland’s Got Talent or RuPaul’s Drag Race is to help these kids be the best that they can be. I’m hoping the judges and critiques I get are to help me be better, so if I’m lucky enough to come back a following week, I will use that.
‘I will say: “Look, I listened! This is how I did it this week”, judges are meant to be judging, that’s why I do it, so I’m looking forward to being judged.’
Michelle also spoke about her Strictly co-star AJ Pritchard, who is a choreographer with his brother Curtis on RuPaul’s Drag Race UK and a professional dancer on the hit BBC One dance competition.
Talented brothers: Michelle also spoke about her Strictly co-star AJ Pritchard, who is a choreographer with his brother Curtis on RuPaul’s Drag Race UK and a professional dancer on the hit BBC One dance competition (pictured)
She said: ‘I got to see them in the dressing room but I didn’t work with them so it was really cute when I got to see AJ on the Strictly floor, I was like: “Oh my God!”. I had met him before, but no, I didn’t work with him [on Drag Race].
‘I’ve got loads of friends here [in the UK], but I’ll add as many more who want to be my friend. Bring it on. AJ is lovely and so is his brother, Curtis, really really good boys.’
With RuPaul’s Drag Race UK and Strictly Come Dancing both taking place in the UK, it means Michelle is spending time away from her home in America.
Talking about adapting to life in England, Michelle said: ‘I don’t think you guys know how much this country means to me, I absolutely love it. The first time I came over, I was 13-years-old and I had a connection.
Busy bee: With RuPaul’s Drag Race UK and Strictly Come Dancing both taking place in the UK, it means Michelle is spending time away from her home in America (pictured with co-judges Alan Carr and RuPaul, as well as celebrity guest Andrew Garfield)
‘Sometimes you can’t tell what it is, whether you believe in past lives, or not, which I clearly do, because in a past life I was a a gay British man, for a start. So for me, I feel that when I walk through these streets, I’m home.
‘It’s very bizarre, so for me spending time here is fantastic and my husband is all ready to come on over, we’d love to be here full-time but we do have children, we have them.
‘It’s kind of difficult, but I will split my time between here and there. I am honoured to be able to be here and be on two television shows at the same time. What an honour as an American, honestly!’
Michelle is married to David Case, they have two children together - Lillie, 19, and Lola, 17.
RuPaul’s Drag Race UK starts on Thursday 3 October on BBC Three.
Proud mum: The RuPaul’s Drag Race star is mum to both Lillie (above far left) and Lola, 17 (far right) with husband David Case
RuPaul’s Drag Race UK: Meet the 10 new queens
Pub queen: Baga Chipz
Name: Baga Chipz
Greatest strengths: ’My greatest strengths are my comedy and my wit. I’m a live performer and I do my own material. I might not have the best outfits or makeup, but put me on a stage and I will entertain the absolute s***e out of the room.’
What does it mean to be in the competition?: ’I feel like I’m dreaming, I feel so privileged to be on this programme, to be picked by Ru. I need to bring it and entertain the s**t out of Ru!
‘I hope this show brings out the real me as underneath this, there is someone quite sweet and shy who is kind. I’ll do anything for anyone, I’ll give you my last quid.’
Old school glamour: Divina De Campo
Name: Divina De Campo
Location: West Yorkshire
Greatest strengths: ’My ridiculous laugh, which isn’t fake! I’ve taken a long time to build up my skillset so when you come to a Divina De Campo show you know there’ll be some comedy, some dancing, some singing, and some acting!’
What does it mean to be in the competition?: ’I decided to apply to make s**t tonnes of money! No, I decided to apply because there is no bigger platform for a drag queen than RuPaul’s Drag Race.
‘This is the Olympics of drag and I wanted to see where on the race track I’d finish.’
Belfast beauty: Blu Hydrangea
Name: Blu Hydrangea
Greatest strengths: ’Blu’s greatest strengths are her makeup, which is always flawless, my lovely outfits and my creative drive. I love to be outside the box, not just one of those queens who says they are outside of the box; I am outside of the box!’
What does it mean to be in the competition?: ’I absolutely eat breathe and sleep being a drag queen. It’s my way of being expressive and creative. I’m so thankful. I think I’ve got a lot to show especially my northern Irish pride!
‘In Belfast you don’t really see that much drag, so I’m big fish in a little pond but now I want to be a big fish in a big pond. I want people to know who Blu is and appreciate her art.’
Canadian star: Crystal
Greatest strengths: ’Crystal’s greatest strengths are her creative mind. I love to approach a concept and come up with a look and story and figure a way to execute that on stage in an exciting way. I bring things on stage that people haven’t seen before.
‘A lot of people might think of drag as the lady in Blackpool, and I’m bringing much more of an East London fashion, creative element to it. Some might call it pretentious but I call it interesting.’
What does it mean to be in the competition?: ’Being in Drag Race is insane; it’s such an opportunity to be in the first season of Drag Race UK. I feel such a responsibility to do a good job and show people what the UK drag scene has to offer. It’s just blowing my mind.’
Singing sensation: Sum Ting Wong
Name: Sum Ting Wong
Status on show: Eliminated on week four
Location: Birmingham and Reading
Greatest strengths: ’I think I’ll excel in the singing challenges. Dancing is not my forte. I like sewing, I think I’ll be alright in that. This is a fluke – I don’t know why I’m here!’
What does it mean to be in the competition?: ’This is incredible. I feel like Willy Wonka with the golden ticket to go to RuPaul’s magical chocolate factory. So many people would kill to be in this position!’
Girls Aloud: Cheryl Hole
Name: Cheryl Hole
Greatest strengths: ’I am a lip sync assassin and I’d like to see any of these girls try and out lip sync me as this is what I do. I’m quite well known for my death drop and dancing skills so girl you better watch out as I’m gonna bring the exclamation mark of the dance moves to the dance floor!’
What does it mean to be in the competition?: ’For me to make it on the first season means the absolutely world to me. I feel like I’ve put my stamp on the UK scene and I’m ready to show the word what I do in the UK.
‘For the world to see the calibration of our queens is fantastic. The world is going to be surprised!’
Talented fashionista: Gothy Kendoll
Name: Gothy Kendoll
Status on show: Eliminated on week one
Greatest strengths: ’I’m really good at coming up with concepts and executing them in a really unique and striking way that is true to Gothy.
‘I’m inspired by Grace Jones, Annie Lennox, people in the 80s who were redefining what gender is and what gender can be; also fast fashion; other drag queens across the world; I find inspiration from everywhere.’
What does it mean to be in the competition?: ’Being in this competition means the world to me. Being cast doesn’t even feel real. Getting to show my drag to a national and international audience feels insane!’
West End star: Vinegar Strokes
Name: Vinegar Strokes
Status on show: Eliminated on week three
Greatest strengths: ’I am very competitive but I don’t step on people to get to where I need to get to. My biggest competition is myself. I’m feeling quite confident about my lip syncing skills but my sewing skills are s**t!’
What does it mean to be in the competition?: ’I was sat in a café and my phone rang they said it was a yes and I absolutely lost it. I ran out of the shop screaming.
‘It was such a crazy experience to know I’d made it on to the first ever season of Drag Race UK – it’s mental!
‘The first season means so much because it gives you that go ahead to say you’re doing the right thing. I must be doing something correct. I am so excited about this!’
Feline catty: Scaredy Kat
Name: Scaredy Kat
Status on show: Eliminated on week two
Greatest strengths: ’My greatest strength is probably the fact that I’m terrified of everything. I also have OK makeup skills I guess.
‘I think being the youngest queen is a blessing and a curse. I haven’t got masses to prove but then again I’ve got barely any experience. I’m hoping the others will underestimate me, especially, because I look this cute.’
What does it mean to be in the competition?: ’I really liked the show and thought it might be fun to be on it, but I didn’t think I’d get on it.
‘When I got the call that I wasn’t expecting, I was in a lecture at uni and so my reaction had to be kind of gauged. I was in the hallway trying not to scream and cry at the same time out of happiness and fear.‘
Liverpudlian royalty: The Vivienne
Name: The Vivienne
Greatest strengths: ’My impersonations, I can sing, I look good, I’m funny as f**k and I can drink a whole bottle of Jägermeister in 20 seconds flat.’
What does it mean to be in the competition?: ’Being in this competition and doing well means absolutely everything to me.
‘I have got quite a big following outside of this so if I f**k it up I’m gonna look so stupid. I owe it to myself and everyone who’s rooting for out there. Please God don’t let me die.’
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