They’ll be going from ‘start your engines’ to ‘keep dancing’.
Strictly Come Dancing managed a major signing this series when RuPaul’s Drag Race legend Michelle Visage was confirmed as a contestant. Audiences thrilled for nine weeks as she slayed every dance, until she was voted out of the competition during the Blackpool special.
And Drag Race personalities might now become the norm for the show, as speaking to The Times, a show insider said that producers wanted the show to embrace LGBTQ diversity. It’s thought that the three finalists, Baga Chipz, Divina De Campo and The Vivienne are the favourites to get the spot.
The show insider said that “executives think a drag queen would be the best way to introduce change slowly to the programme’s loyal audience, many of whom have watched it since it began in 2004.”
However, when the show does embrace LGBTQ diversity, it attracts criticism, after nearly 200 people complained about a same-sex routine featuring Johannes Radebe and Graziano Di Prima. Thankfully, most people praised the sensational and touching routine instead.
If Strictly Come Dancing does manage to sign a drag queen for the next series, they won’t be the first one to compete on the show’s format. Earlier this year, Courtney Act competed on Dancing with the Stars Australia and slayed every routine.
Courtney also delivered plenty of strong, emotional routines including a tango to Real Men, which saw her stripped out of drag during the performance and a dance fusion routine to Toxic which saw the Aussie queen dancing as Shane Janek for the first time on the show.
Although we won’t know which of the queens will be competing next year, if at all, when we caught up with The Vivienne, she’d managed to get over the Strictly doubts she had in the final. When we asked if she’d compete now, she responded “I’d do Strictly, yeah! Fuck it, why not?”
And in other Strictly news, in last night’s show, which was Musicals Week, CBBC star Karim Zeroual scored the first perfect 40 with a jive to You Can’t Stop the Beat. And during the week, LGBTQ singers Mark Feehily and Saara Aalto both said they wanted to compete with same-sex partners on the show.