Tuesday 17 October 2017

RuPaul's Drag Race star Michelle Visage says she's getting paid 'in potatoes' to judge Ireland's Got Talent

Michelle Visage entering the Celebrity Big Brother house
Michelle Visage entering the Celebrity Big Brother house
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Michelle Visage has said she's being paid 'in potatoes' to judge Ireland's Got Talent.

The Celebrity Big Brother star and judge on RuPaul's Drag Race in the US will jet in to Ireland next month for auditions for TV3's new talent show.

“I’ve had lots of paid work in the past but sometimes things are worth more than money," she told the Irish Sun.

"I love Ireland and if I can help someone achieve their dream, that to me is worth more than money.”

Denise Van Outen, Lucy Kennedy, Jason Byrne and Michelle Visage at TV3's new season launch at The National Concert Hall. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Denise Van Outen, Lucy Kennedy, Jason Byrne and Michelle Visage at TV3's new season launch at The National Concert Hall. Picture: Brian McEvoy

Head judge Louis Walsh got her on board and she admits that money is not a motivating factor.

"They are paying me in potatoes. But I get to work with Louis Walsh, who is a really good friend," she added.

Michelle Visage entering the Celebrity Big Brother house at the start of the latest series of the Channel 5 programme at Elstree Studios, Borehamwood. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday January 7, 2015. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
Michelle Visage entering the Celebrity Big Brother house at the start of the latest series of the Channel 5 programme at Elstree Studios, Borehamwood. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday January 7, 2015. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire

Louis and Michelle will be joined on the panel by West End star Denise Van Outen and Irish comedian Jason Byrne.

The series will begin filming next month and Lucy Kennedy has been announced as the presenter.

Louis, who is currently judging on The X Factor in the UK, recently said he's looking for "crazy, crazy, crazy" and declared it will be the "biggest Irish show ever".

"I want crazy, crazy, crazy. I want dancing dogs, dancing pigs, comedians, country singers, Irish dancing, everything," he told the Herald.

"It's open to everyone, everywhere. If you can walk or talk or do anything funny, come along.

"I want crazy. I don't want normality. Animal acts are great too - you have to love the doggy acts."

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