Michelle Visage: Strictly star speaks out on major show change amid ‘curse’ worries

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Michelle Visage, 51, wowed audiences with her sultry moves on Strictly Come Dancing with her dance partner Giovanni Pernice, 29, last year. The RuPaul Drag Race star was voted off the show in week nine of the dance competition.

Strictly is due to return to viewers’ screens later this year but the show is tipped for a major change following the coronavirus pandemic.

Show bosses are considering putting forward drastic measures in an attempt to save the show amid the current crisis with insiders claiming they want celebrities and professional dancers to quarantine together.

But this has stirred up some controversy with notable figures including Good Morning Britain hosts Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid talking about the so-called “Strictly curse”.

It comes as some celebrities have sparked up relationships with their Strictly dance partners in previous years.

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Speaking in this week’s Radio Times, Michelle admitted she didn’t believe quarantining with a professional partner was a “problem” if the celebrity is single.

“I don’t know if that’s a bad thing. Don’t get me wrong, it’s different if you’re married, but for single people what’s the problem?” she told the publication.

Michelle admitted she would have loved the same opportunity with her former dance partner Giovanni.

She commented: “I would kill to do that. Gio wouldn’t have been able to escape me.”

However, BBC Director of Content Charlotte Moore has revealed producers are still assessing contingency plans such as enforcing a face mask rule, dancing two metres apart and even quarantining celebrities and professional dancers.

Charlotte told The Times: “We’re looking at how that would work. Could you quarantine people? Can we test everyone before filming? There’s a lot of work being done. It’s a big task.”

She also said fans could see the show go on-air without a live audience, with the BBC also looking into testing participants’ temperatures and installing glass divides inside the studio “so that people feel even more protected”.

Elsewhere, Michelle has landed her own BBC chat show after Drag Race UK’s monumental success.

The RuPaul’s Drag Race judge will be joined by fellow celeb guests “for a spot of real talk each week”, as they help answer problems from the studio audience – after social distancing guidelines will be eased.

Each episode will see Michelle and Drag Race UK winner The Vivienne join forces to give one viewer “in need of a little extra boost” a major makeover.

Speaking about her new gig, she gushed: “I am thrilled to be bringing my kind of chat to a show on the amazing BBC Three in the country that literally owns my own heart!

“It’s 2020 and we can no longer sit back and complain, it’s time to stand up and Get Off Your Ass with Michelle Visage! See you soon on the iPlayer nearest you.”

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The official RuPaul’s Drag Race Twitter account shared a video of Michelle giving more information.

She said: “One thing I know how to do is talk. So if you need a little bit of advice, trust me, I’ve got plenty to say.”

She added: “Whatever your issue is, big or small, I am here to help on my new show. So get off your a** and get in touch!”

Get Off Your Ass is set to air on BBC Three later this year.

You can read the full interview with Michelle Visage in this week’s Radio Times.

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