Strictly: Michelle Visage says she can't watch Blackpool dance
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Michelle, 52, was partnered with Strictly Come Dancing professional Giovanni Pernice, 30, during the last pre-pandemic edition of the BBC entertainment show. The pair made it all the way to Blackpool but they were voted off by the judging panel when they failed to impress in the dance-off. However, some other members of the Ru Paul’s Drag Race family have spoken out on why they think bosses of the programme would never contact them to take part.
Trixie Mattel, 31, and Katya Zamolodchikova, 39, made their claim to fame when they both took part in season seven of America’s Ru Paul’s Drag Race.
Neither of them won the competition but they left with heads held high and both now star in their own chat show, UNHhhh, which airs on the World of Wonders web series network.
Having gained a huge following for appearing on Drag Race, which also stars Michelle as a judge, the pair are in high demand.
Their success has seen them present six seasons of their web series and appear on several other television programmes and films.
In an interview with Express.co.uk, however, they explained how they didn’t feel are as well known in the UK to take part in Strictly.
“I don’t think they would ask,” Trixie said, before adding: “Michelle is a huge star who everyone wants to see.
“There’s a reason why we’re in a basement [filming UNHhhh] on a green screen,” she continued with Katya replying: “If they asked, I would [accept].”
This would be a first for the show if either one of them were to take part as no drag queen has ever taken part in the competition.
Over in Australia, Courtney Act, 39, made history by becoming the first drag queen to take part in Dancing With The Stars.
I don’t think they would ask
The line-up for this year’s series is set to be announced in the next few weeks as the show gears itself up for a September premiere.
It is unlikely Trixie and Katya would feature in the series this time around but they could be potential contestants for the future.
With millions of fans tuning in to watch their web series weekly, the pair also spoke about why they think it has become so successful.
Trixie explained: “We didn’t expect this to go anywhere. A World of Wonder series at the time was a batch of episodes that happened once.”
“There wasn’t recurring series but the terrain in which people consume media is different now,” Trixie continued.
“YouTube series and stuff are a lot more legitimate than it was when we started [filming the web-series] five years ago.
“We just like doing it and it’s not a big enough time commitment for either of us to hate it, that’s the only way it works for us.
“It’s right down the street and we pick out three different outfits that no one had a say in,” the Ru Paul’s Drag Race All Stars winner explained.
Discussing why their partnership works so well, Katya said: “Because we live so close together and we don’t prepare anything.”
Trixie added: “Well, everyone annoys me and Katya has yet to annoy me and we don’t do this enough that I hate it.
“Twice a month is perfect,” Trixie continued so would they be up for the challenge of rehearsing every day to get trained up for Strictly?
The show is set to make history this year with reports the first same-sex male partnership will feature in a first for the BBC programme.
Strictly Come Dancing is scheduled to return later this year on BBC One.
Catch new episodes of UNHhhh series 6 every Wednesday at 8pm BST exclusively on the streamer of all things drag, WOW Presents Plus. Subscribe via: https://uk.wowpresentsplus.com/
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