Strictly’s Michelle Visage reveals ‘the truth’ on being cut from the tour

She was axed from the show after her Blackpool performance

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by Ellie Kirwin-Jones |
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RuPaul's Drag Race star Michelle Visage was thrilled to be joining next year's Strictly Come Dancing tour following her success with dance partner Giovanni Pernice - they scored 20 plus for every dance.

However, she's revealed that after being asked to clear her schedule to make the tour possible, her place was passed on.

Michelle said, "I’ll tell you what happened, it’s not that racy or scandalous but... this is the honest to God transparent truth."

The star was asked to clear her working schedule as she had other commitments lined up with RuPaul's Drag Con, but she made it clear to bosses that she would make it possible to do both.

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Kelvin Fletcher

Kelvin Fletcher has joined the cast of Strictly Come Dancing 2019 as a late addition! The former Emmerdale star stepped in as a replacement for Made In Chelsea's Jamie Laing, who was forced to pull out after injuring himself in training.

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Anneka Rice

Presenter Anneka Rice has joined the Strictly 2019 family! The official Strictly team tweeted, 'We challenge Anneka to one series of #Strictly. Ready to sparkle it's national treasure ud83dudc8e @AnnekaRice.'Anneka said, "I haven't danced since I was 7 and Miss Beer sent me home from my ballet class because I was hopelessly uncoordinated. My family and friends haven't seen me dance since, not at a wedding or round a handbag so it's going to be a challenge for my partner. In fact I've asked for two, one on each side. I can't see myself in a long frilly dress either. But I'm feeling recklessly excited. Strictly has always been my autumn's entertainment and now I'm part of it! My children will probably leave the country."

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James Cracknell

Olympic rower James Cracknell is the latest star to sign up to Strictly 2019! The official Strictly Twitter page said, 'Strictly 2019 just got even more oarsome! Say hello to Olympic rower @jamescracknell! ud83eudd47.'James said, "I'm really looking forward to being a part of Strictly this year. Having spent so many years mucking around in a rowing boat with big men in tight lycra, it's time I learned a new skill. I need to apologise to my kids in advance for the embarrassment."

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Alex Scott

Former footballer Alex Scott is joining the Strictly 2019 team! Strictly tweeted, 'Get ready to roar for Lioness and @BBCMOTD presenter @AlexScott! It's time for her to tackle #Strictly ⚽ufe0f.' [sic]Alex said, "I am absolutely buzzing to be signed up to Strictly. It's the show I've always wanted to do and I can't believe I'm finally going to be part of it. I'm super excited, but also terrified at the same time... The football pitch is a bit less glam than the ballroom, but I'm ready to try the sequins and dresses! Bring it on!"

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Will Bayley MBE

Paralympic table tennis player Will Bayley has joined the line-up! Announcing the news on social media, bosses wrote, 'London 2012 ✅Rio 2016 ✅Strictly 2019 ✅ Will Bayley MBE @willbayleytt, Gold-Medal winning Paralympian joins our line-up ud83eudd47'. [sic]Will said, "I'm so proud to be on the show, it's my family's favourite show. I have no dance experience at all, but I hope I can do well. I want to inspire people with a disability- that would mean a lot to me. I want to prove to people I can do this."

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Dev Griffin

Presenter Dev Griffin is taking to the dancefloor for this year's series of Strictly Come Dancing! Strictly tweeted, 'He knows his way around the decks, but how about the dance floor? Dev Griffin is our next Strictly celeb!'Dev said, "I just can't believe I'm doing Strictly, it just doesn't feel real yet! It's going to be so much fun, but just to be clear, I'm not doing this to take part, I'm totally in it to win it! I can't wait to meet my partner and start practicing."

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Michelle Visage

Strictly 2019 are having RuPaul's Drag Race star Michelle Visage join the show! They wrote on Twitter, 'Who's ready for our next RuVeal? She's here to to slay the ballroom... Shantay @michellvisage, queen of @rupaulsdragrace, you stay! ud83dudc51'Michelle 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!"

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Viscountess Emma Weymouth

Emma Thynn, Viscountess Weymouth is a businesswoman, chef, model and philanthropist, and is the eighth signing for Strictly 2019. Strictly Twitter wrote, 'Meet Viscountess and chef Emma Weymouth. Ready to take on another title. #Strictly star 2019!'Emma said, "I absolutely love watching Strictly every weekend and I can't believe that I'm getting the chance to be on this series. I know it will be such an amazing experience from start to finish. I can't wait for the dancing and the fabulous outfits!"

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Karim Zeroual

CBBC presenter and child stage star Karim Zeroual is the next Strictly celebrity! The official Strictly Twitter wrote, 'Get ready to rumba @kayzer_1 #Strictly Come Dancing is calling for CBBC presenter Karim Zeroual!'Karim said, "To be offered the chance to take part in Strictly is dumbfounding, I'm pinching myself…! I'm so excited to be Strictlified. I want THE LOT. The skimpiest of clothes, the widest of flares, the brightest of colours and the tallest Cuban heels a guy can find! The more flamboyant the better... Sequins galore please!"

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Mike Bushell

Breakfast TV presenter Mike Bushell has been announced as the next famous face in the celebrity line-up for 2019! Strictly wrote on Twitter, 'He's swapping early mornings for Saturday nights. Welcome to #Strictly Mike Bushell! @mikebreakfast ud83dudd7a.'Mike said, "I am so excited to be joining this year's Strictly Come Dancing. I've heard so many wonderful things from colleagues over the years so thrilled I'm now getting the chance. I know I will completely throw myself into the whole experience and I'm sure will love it from start to finish. I may have tried and profiled over 500 sports over the years in my Saturday morning BBC Breakfast slot but think the Strictly challenge could be the greatest. Bring on the glitter!"

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Catherine Tyldesley

Coronation Street star Catherine Tyldesley was announced as another signing on This Morning! Strictly Twitter wrote, 'From Coronation Street to dancing feet. ud83dudc60 It's actress @Cath_Tyldesley's time to shine on #Strictly.'Catherine said, "I'm thrilled to be a part of this year's Strictly Come Dancing. I'm a huge fan of the show. It'll be my biggest challenge to date as I'm not much of a dancer, but I've always wanted to learn the skill and the time feels right! I'm nervous as hell but super excited to work with such talented professionals. Hold onto your jazz shoes... mine is sure to be a bumpy/clumsy/fun ride!"

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Saffron Barker

Following in the footsteps of 2018's Joe Sugg, social media star Saffron Barker has been announced! Strictly wrote in a tweet, 'Swapping YouTube for dancing shoes. Social media star @SaffronBarker is now subscribing to #Strictly! ud83cudfac .'Saffron said, "I am really excited to go on the Strictly journey and am feeling very grateful for the opportunity! I'm looking forward to learning all of the dances, finding out who my partner is, getting to wear the costumes and to just experience this once in a lifetime opportunity."

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Emma Barton

Actress Emma Barton is best known for her role on EastEnders as Honey Mitchell, and has been announced for Strictly 2019! They tweeted, 'Waltzing in from Walford welcome @EmmaBarton ! @BBCEastEnders Honey Mitchell to #Strictly. ✨'Emma said, "As possibly one of the biggest Strictly fans on the planet, I still can't believe this is happening. I'm very much a dance around your handbag kinda girl, but now I've been given this wonderful opportunity to learn all the different styles of dancing from the very best in the business. So, I'm whipping off Honey's 'Minute Mart' tabard and diving right in to all the glitter and sparkle. From Albert Square to the Strictly dance floor - I just can't wait!"

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Chris Ramsey

Comedian Chris Ramsey was the second celebrity to be announced for this year's series. Strictly tweeted, 'He can handle a heckle but how about a fleckerl? Comedian @IAmChrisRamsey is our second #Strictly celebrity of 2019! ud83cudfa4.'Chris said, "I'm both excited and absolutely terrified to be doing the show. You will not find me on the dance floor at parties, you will find me at the buffet table. All night. At my wedding I danced with my wife; that one song took about six months practice, and I definitely stood on her feet a couple of times. So I'm looking forward to the possibility of making a fool of myself in front of millions of people... There better be a buffet after the live shows."

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David James MBE

Former goalkeeper David James has signed up to Strictly for 2019! The pundit was the first to be announced, with the official Strictly Twitter writing, 'Our first signing of the #Strictly season is @England football legend David James! ⚽ufe0f'David said, "I'm really excited to be on Strictly this year. Not just competing against this year's stars, but being compared to previous sport stars from previous Strictly seasons. I have some big shoes to fill."

Michelle Visage and Giovanni Pernice
Michelle Visage and Giovanni Pernice ©BBC Pictures

She continued, "I said, 'yes, but I have RuPaul’s Drag Con is there any way I could miss the matinees and I would drive or take a train wherever to get there for the night shows."

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Michelle then told them that she would try and move all of her arrangements so she could make the tour.

She said, "They were like you have to do all of them and I was like, okay do you want me to see if I can move it? And they said yes. So I moved it, I got out of it because at one point I was going to do the tour and not drag con and at that point they were like, “Oh I’m sorry, we’re going to pass.

"So I cleared my schedule and they passed me on, so that’s what happened."

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The reality star reassuringly confirmed that there was no shade.

Speaking at Samsung KX’s ‘Thread Talks’, she said, "You can’t take it personally. They probably locked people in when they thought that I couldn’t do it so there wasn’t shade, but I would absolutely have loved to have done it.

"Maybe next year we can clear schedules beforehand.", she added.

Michelle recently hinted how she felt about being axed in a tweet. It all came about after another one of this year's contestants, Kelvin Fletcher, replied to a video of a boy dancing, carrying out similar moves to that of Michelle and Giovanni's dance.

He sent the tweet to his dance partner Oti Mabuse, and said, "Hey @OtiMabuse you fancy doing this in our next dance? I’m confident."

Not holding back, Michelle responded by quoting the tweet with, "You'll be sent packing...." and fans were living for the drama.

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