Why Michelle Visage Was Turned Down by 'Drag Race España'

by Emell Adolphus

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Friday January 21, 2022

Since joining "RuPaul's Drag Race" as a judge in season 3, Michelle Visage has become a mainstay of the series, with many queens emulating her style and mannerisms during games and looking to her for guidance to the limelight.

Visage also now joins RuPaul for "Drag Race UK" and "Drag Race Down Under." But she wanted to do more, Visage lamented in a recent interview with Digital Spy. Specifically, she wanted to join "Drag Race España."

"Listen, I joke all the time, but if I could speak Italian fluently — and I can speak Spanish fluently — I would be doing every single country," she shared. "When I was taking Spanish class in lockdown, I said to the producers at World of Wonder — I texted them like, 'Guys, I have been studying Spanish in lockdown.'

Their response? "They said, 'Your services will not be needed, LOL,'" according to Visage.

"I was like, 'Come on, I could do it! I could do it for España!'" she added. "It's so funny, because in my head, I do accents really well. So I'm like, 'I know I can sound native.' They were like, 'No, Michelle. No.'"

Although she was told to sashay away from España, Visage says she wants to have a part in every international series of "Drag Race" if she can.

"I'm not even exaggerating. Canada sometimes films when we do, which is why I'm not there. I did that once. I came from London to do that episode of Canada, the first series," she said. "Honestly, lockdown is a big issue, too, otherwise I would be guest appearing on more. But with quarantine, it makes it very, very difficult, because we have to wait two weeks for me to do one episode. It's not really worth it for the production company."

Next Visage can be seen on "All Stars show RuPaul's Drag Race: UK Versus." And if you can't keep up with all the spinoffs, Visage says get ready to be amazed.

"Anybody who's complaining about having too much to watch, get ready, because you're going to be addicted to this one," she said. "It's such a great series that your mind is going to be blown."