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Michelle Visage interview: RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under Star Michelle Visage on what the queens need to do to impress her | Exclusive

If you look at the way the drag scene has evolved over the decades, there’s one factor that stands out above all the rest: the elevated looks.

That’s according to RuPaul’s Drag Race star Michelle Visage, who says that if queens really want to impress her, they’ll have to do more than just look pretty on the runway.

“Sometimes you’ll get these kids who are incredible, incredible at makeup and their look and their hair, but not so great at performing,” Visage told 9Entertainment.

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Michelle Visage says there’s more to Drag Race than being pretty. (stan)

“And, you know, that’s because they didn’t spend time on the road.

“So that’s kind of how it shifted, because of RuPaul’s Drag Race, they just wanted to be pretty. But really, I have to encourage new queens that pretty is great, but you have to be a total package of performance and presence.

“That’s even more important. It needs to be the total package to really win that crown.”

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Visage said that more noticeably on newer seasons, people are “caring more about what they look like and less about performance.”

“You have to care about what you look like, absolutely, you have to be good at hair and makeup because you will be judged on that,” she explained.

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RuPaul himself is returning to host another season of Drag Race Down Under. (stan)

“But, you also have to know how to lip sync, you also have to know how to sew you also have to know how to act; these are all the things that Ru had to do to get to where he is today.”

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Visage admitted she “gets so upset” when people ask the price tag attached to going on drag racing nowadays, with the assumption that queens must come prepared with expensive, couture fashion in order to be competitive.

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“It’s very upsetting to me because I don’t care if you’re wearing duct tape. As long as it looks good, and it makes sense, then that’s perfect for me,” she said.

“I’m never going to put an $8000 dress up next to an outfit of duct tape or trash bags and compare them. It’s what the aesthetic looks like.

“Please, don’t think that you need to be rich to come on.”

This is one thing that separates down under queens from the rest of the world however, Visage added.

“So when we came here, you know, there’s a specific way that they do drag, but because of drag racingit’s changed a lot,” she said.

“People have really pushed themselves aesthetically, but the thing that I do love most about it here – and it’s something that I really love about the UK too – is that it’s not just about being pretty.

“It’s about having heart. There’s so much heart in the drag down here, so much heart.

“It’s like you fall in love with the person and the drag, not just, ‘Oh, she’s pretty'”.

RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under Season 2 it set to sashay onto screens on Saturday July 30 at 4pm, exclusively on Stan and Visage says fans are in for an absolutely “wild ride”.

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Celebrity Life: Canadian singer Nelly Furtado makes shock appearance at Drake’s North Stars event

Drake fans got a pleasant surprise when an unexpected guest joined the Canadian rap artist on stage for his North Stars concert last night.

On day one of OVO Fest, Drake kicked off his performance with fellow Canadian singer-songwriter Nelly Furtado who hasn’t publicly been on stage since 2017.

In a hyped-up introduction, Drake called on the audience to sing as loud as they could for Furtado, who he said has been one of his biggest inspirations throughout his singing career.

“This right here took a lot… this next person’s music changed my life so much. I love her with all my heart so when she comes out here you better show her some f***ing love too,” Drake said.

Furtado then made her entrance while singing her iconic hit Promiscuous Girl, the crowd quickly joining in.

The Canadian pop star has produced some of the best hits of all time including maneater and Say It Rightwith many of her songs still holding a special place on nostalgia playlists.

But despite her success in the early 2000s, Furtado was quick to vanish from the spotlight in 2007 after having a breakdown on stage during her Loose tour.

“I was being a mum and a singer on the road. I was exhausted,” she told the Daily Mail during an interview in 2017.

“I took a break from music and went home and I realized that being at home and having the whole family experience was what I wanted.”

Furtado is now a mother of three children, aged 18, 4 and 3.

Aside from a few small albums and her independent album TheRide which she released under her own label in 2017, Furtado has stayed away from the spotlight.

But that all changed last night when she appeared at Drake’s concert.

Another hit which fans at last night’s concert obsessed over was I’m Like a Birdthe crowd belting out the song as Furtado and Drake performed a duet.

It even sent fans online into a frenzy, with avid Drake and Nelly Furtado lovers from around the world wishing they had been there.

“Drake and Nelly Furtado singing I’m like a bird together. This is Canadian history,” a fan said on Twitter.

“Would love to hear them sing on the radio together,” another user said.

“I really like these male rappers showing love and respect to artists who inspired them, even Travis Scorr brought back MI A on a song,” one fan commented.

“This was nice and heartwarming and I’m a fan of both… thanks Drake,” said another.