As a judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race she shoots from the hip and cuts with her tongue, and has won over millions of fans in the process.
And on Sunday Logo TV‘s Eurovision 2017 commentator Michelle Visage shared her opinions on the most recent edition of the song contest during an exclusive interview with wiwiblogger William at the Drag World UK convention in London’s Olympia convention hall.
“It’s ridiculous — the campness, but also how seriously they take it,” the American says of the pan-European singing show. “It’s like life or death for people in the Eurovision song competition.”
Michelle, who co-hosted Eurovision 2017 alongside American comedian and fellow RuPaul’s Drag Race judge Ross Matthews, clearly got into the glitter-slicked proceedings.
“My favourite was — by far — Sweden. I’m sorry. Hands down they should have won — that’s my opinion. That was flawless from start to finish.”
She’s got plenty of love for “Amar pelos dois” singer Salvador Sobral as well.
“Portugal — I loved Portugal,” she says. “They obviously won. He obviously won. He was amazing.”
Among her other favourites was Israel’s Imri Ziv — yes, she remembers the body — and “Space” singer Slavko Kalezic.
“I loved Montenegro, but they didn’t even get to the final because of the whole hair thing.”
That Michelle loves Slavko isn’t surprising. In 2015 she published The Diva Rules: Ditch the Drama, Find Your Strength, and Sparkle Your Way to the Top. Preach!
Michelle’s Eurovision commentary has opened the (faux eyelash adorned) eyes of many Drag Race competitors to the contest.
Season Seven competitor Katya Zamolodchikova has lip-synched to Verka Serduchka. And in 2015 a challenge on the show saw the queens working bearded lady looks in a nod to Conchita Wurst.
So it was only natural that Season Five winner Jinkx Monsoon and Season Seven winner Violet Chachki were thrilled to send some love to all you Eurovision fans on wiwibloggs.
Could these queens win a live sing-off with the Eurovision stars, we asked Michelle?
No. “Eurovision stars are professionals. That’s what they do. The queens are professional too, but they’re not used to that sort of thing. [Eurovision] is really frickin’ serious.”
She's an international #drag sensation, having performed in clubs from New York to New Delhi. And on Sunday #rupaulsdragrace winner @violetchachki sent love to all you #eurovision fans on #wiwibloggs. #RuPaul #rugirls #europop @williamleeadams #logotv #dragworld #dragworlduk #eurovisionsongcontest #violetchachki
Eurovision on Logo TV
Logo first broadcast Eurovision in 2016 — but not without some teething problems.
Logo could not air the 2016 interval act for licencing reasons. That’s a little ironic, given that the interval act was the American singer Justin Timberlake. Hosts Carson Kressley and Michelle Collins did not go down well with many American fans either.
But Logo remedied that problem by bringing in Michelle and Ross, who seemed to really get into the competition and who had done their homework ahead of the show. They had fun, but treated the acts with a great deal of respect. They occasionally teased, but they never threw hurtful shade.
And guess what: They’re coming back.
Michelle has confirmed exclusively to wiwibloggs that she and Ross will be in the hot seat again next year as the contest hits Lisbon.
“Hell yes!” she said when we asked if she’s got the gig. “Confirmed. And Ross Matthews — we’re just a good pair together.”
Are you loving the RuPaul’s Drag Race and Eurovision cross-over? Did you watch the Logo coverage and will you be doing so again in 2018? Let us know in the comments box below.
Queen of queens: Today on wiwi.tv, @logotv's #Eurovision commentator ?? and RuPaul's Drag Race judge Michelle Visage sounds off on her #Eurovision2017 favourites @robinbengtssons, @imriziv, @slavkokalezic and @salvadorsobral.music ??? She also confirms that she and @helloross will commentate in 2018. #dragworld #dragworlduk #rupaul #rupaulsdragrace #michellevisage #wiwibloggs #instagay #esc2017 #melfest #melodifestivalen #eurovisionsongcontest