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Monday 19th August 2019

Michelle Visage is the latest star to join this year's Strictly Come Dancing

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The latest star to join this year's Strictly Come Dancing line-up has been revealed.

Speaking on today's Lorraine, Ross King revealed that RuPaul's Drag Race star Michelle Visage will be hitting the Strictly ballroom this autumn.

She has previously appeared on Celebrity Big Brother.

Announcing the news, Michelle revealed she was "over the moon" to have signed up for the show.

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And, she says, as a 50-year-old woman, she wants to be out there "representing women of a certain age".

She said: "I'm very excited, I'm actually over the moon. This is one show I've loved for years. I can be so dramatic and as amazing as I can be."

Michelle will surely have the backing of her co-star RuPaul as she joins the Strictly cast (Credit: Splash News)

She added: "I'm a woman who's 50 years old and I want to be out there representing women of a certain age. People say: 'Well, they're old, they can't do it any more.' Well actually, yes we can."

Asked who she'd like to partner with, Michelle's first choice was Italian dancer Giovanni Pernice, who is dating his celebrity partner from last year, former Pussycat Doll Ashley Roberts.

I'm Italian so I'd love Giovanni because I love the Italian sense of humour and the accent's amazing and we'd have a good time.

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Michelle admitted: "I'm Italian so I'd love Giovanni because I love the Italian sense of humour and the accent's amazing and we'd have a good time."

Speaking about the show's lifts, Michelle joked: "By the way, you've got to have some guns to lift all of this, trust me."

She also admitted she wouldn't mind being partnered with Aljaz Skorjanec or Gorka Marquez – who has just become a father for the first time with Gemma Atkinson.

"One of those three and I'd be over the moon," Michelle said.

Asked about the so-called Strictly curse, Michelle laughed and said her husband David Case is "the love of my life".

She said: "It makes me laugh that people think that's a thing. It's so silly."

She added: "My husband of 23 years is the love of my life. It's laughable is what it is."

As well as Michelle, Viscountess Emma Weymouth, Karim Zeroual, Mike Bushell, Catherine Tyldesley, Saffron Barker, David James, Chris Ramsey and Emma Barton will also compete on the programme later this year.

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