Who is Michelle Visage? Meet the Strictly Come Dancing 2019 contestant and TV judge

The class of 2019 is being revealed – find out more about one of this year’s amateur dancers.

It’s that time of year again – Strictly Come Dancing’s celebrity cast for the coming series is being announced.

Find out more about one of the Glitterball Trophy contenders, Michelle Visage.

Revealed as a Strictly contestant: Michelle Visage was presented as the ninth contestant for this year’s Strictly during ITV’s Lorraine show on August 5.

Age: 50

Occupation: TV judge

[Read more: All you need to know about Strictly 2019]

Best known for: Michelle has been a judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race since season three, and is a favourite with fans, also appearing in the spin-off RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars.

She’ll also be judging RuPaul’s Drag Race UK when it begins airing on BBC Three in October.

Before becoming a TV judge, Michelle was known for being in the band Seduction, who had a hit with Two to Make it Right.

She’s also appeared on Celebrity Big Brother, has judged two seasons of Ireland’s Got Talent, and made her West End debut this year in Everybody’s Talking About Jamie.

She said: “Getting to do Strictly in my favorite place on Earth is an actual DREAM!

“I'm so excited to show that being 50 doesn't mean life stops. Things may not work like they did when I was 20, but 50 also means 'FABULOUS!' There are plenty of women like me out there who still 'got it' and we still 'plan to use it!' so slap on the sequins, point me to the dance floor and watch me Paso my Doble!”

[Read more: Who are the Strictly 2019 pro dancers?]

Strictly partner: Giovanni Pernice

Instagram: @michellevisage

Memorable moments: Pretty much every dance Michelle and Giovanni performed was memorable - they were a huge favourite with both viewers and judges, so it was a shock not to see them make the final.

If forced to choose from their amazing routines, the best were their Addams Family Halloween Foxtrot which scored 39 points, their week 4 Salsa, and their Vogue-themed Couple's Choice routine at Blackpool that proved to be their eventual downfall.

The Vogue routine split opinion between those who thought it didn't have enough dance content, and those who understood the cultural significance behind the form of dance for the LGBTQ community.

Michelle knew it would be a risk, but decided that dedicating the dance to the community who'd supported her career was more important, and although she was voted out, she left with the backing of a huge number of fans old and new.

Placed: Michelle was the eighth celebrity to be eliminated from the contest, leaving in week 9 which was the show's annual Blackpool week.

Meet the Strictly 2019 celebrity lineup

Jamie Laing

Jamie Laing - OUT

Dev Griffin

Dev Griffin

Emma Weymouth - Strictly Come Dancing

Emma Weymouth

Saffron Barker - Strictly Come Dancing

Saffron Barker

Mike Bushell - Strictly Come Dancing

Mike Bushell

James Cracknell - Strictly Come Dancing

James Cracknell

Michelle Visage

Michelle Visage

David James

David James

Alex Scott

Alex Scott

Emma Barton

Emma Barton

Will Bayley

Will Bayley

Anneka Rice

Anneka Rice

Karim Zeroual

Karim Zeroual

Catherine Tyldesley

Catherine Tyldesley

Chris Ramsey

Chris Ramsey

Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly

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Strictly Come Dancing returns to BBC One for series 17 on September 21 at 7pm.

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