Michelle Visage confirmed for Strictly 2019 – but who is the RuPaul star and how much is she getting paid?

MICHELLE Visage is loved by many as a judge on RuPaul's Drag Race and now she's about to get a whole new fan base as she takes part in Strictly Come Dancing 2019.

The glamorous star has been paired with fellow Italian Giovanni Pernice and will take to the dancefloor very soon. Find out more about the diva below…

Why did Michelle Visage miss the Strictly launch?

Michelle was forced to miss the show's launch on Monday, August 26, 2019.

The star had filming commitments in the States for another project and was therefore unable to attend.

A source told The Sun Online: “Michelle really wanted to make it to the launch, but sadly a clash of filming commitments meant she is still back in America and couldn’t get back to the UK in time. She’ll be missed.”

What has Michelle Visage said about Strictly?

Michelle Visage revealed that she had signed up to the show on ITV's Lorraine on August 5, 2019.

Speaking to showbiz reporter Ross King she said: "I am very excited, I am over the moon. I can’t wait to be dramatic and as amazing as I can be. I am 50 and I want to be presenting women of the age."

She added: "I am Italian so I would love Giovanni and they need to have guns to lift all this!"

Who is Michelle Visage's Strictly Come Dancing partner?

How much is Michelle Visage getting paid for Strictly?

Michelle's appearance on the show will definitely increase her bank balance as she gets the standard £25,000 payment for signing up

If she manages to stay on the dance floor until the end of October this then rises to £40,000.

Any star that makes it to the quarter-finals sees their fee jump to £60,000 – and if she wins she will pocket a whopping £100,000.

How is Michelle Visage famous?

Michelle, 50 is an American singer and television star, who is best known for being a member of the band Seduction and appearing as a judge on the American reality show RuPaul's Drag Race.

The former pop singer has become an LGBT icon after eight years on the outrageous drag queen competition — which has a cult following amongst Millennials.

She has also appeared in Celebrity Big Brother in 2015 and in 2018 made her West End debut in flamboyant musical Everybody’s Talking About Jamie.

What time is Strictly Come Dancing 2019 on?

Strictly Come Dancing returned for its 17th series on BBC One on September 7, 2019.
However, the show kicked off with the red carpet launch on Monday, August 26, 2019.
The live shows begin on Saturday, September 21, with the results airing the following day on Sundays.

Strictly continues on BBC One on 7pm and you can get the FULL celebrity line-up here.

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