Michelle Visage, a regular fixture on the judging panel of RuPaul’s Drag Race, has revealed that she is “so excited” to come back to Ireland to film the second season of Ireland’s Got Talent. Visage joined Louis Walsh, Jason Byrne and Denise van Outen on the panel for the talent show’s first season earlier this year. Visage’s Golden Buzzer act, Evelyn Williams, made it to the show’s semi-finals, after seriously impressing the US TV personality with her rendition of Send In The Clowns.
Michelle is eager to return for a second run of the talent show, telling The Irish Sun she “wouldn’t miss it for the world”. She told the newspaper she is looking forward to seeing even more Irish drag, animal acts, family acts, freak shows and “anything stereotypically Irish”, adding that as an American she loves “the fiddle-dee-dee stuff”.
Michelle also noted how group acts are often more likely to win the popular vote on the show over solo performers. She acknowledged how difficult it can be when “you have a dance group like RDC with 31 kids versus one dancer like Zacc Milne”, before stressing the importance of voting with your heart.
Michelle sat down with GCN in February to discuss talent, drag and how she sees Ireland as a second home. The star enjoyed a regular spot on 2FM in 1997, adding that she “always had a relationship with Ireland”. She revealed her cultivated judging approach for the show saying: “If a child comes up on Ireland’s Got Talent or somebody who has something but they’re not quite ready, I’m not going to shoot them down and tell them ‘this sucks’ because that’s not who I am. I want to encourage everybody to follow their dream.”
Applications are now open for the second season of Ireland’s Got Talent.
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