Michelle Visage says a UK version of RuPaul's Drag Race is "getting closer"

However, commissioners are apparently still reluctant to order the show

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RuPaul’s Drag Race judge Michelle Visage claims a UK version of the show is “definitely” going to happen – even though commissioners are still reluctant to order it.

Discussions about bringing the hit drag talent contest to Britain began three years ago, with telly host Jonathan Ross backing the project.

Interest was renewed after Michelle took part in Channel 5’s Celebrity Big Brother in 2015 – but earlier this year, she said TV chiefs see the show as too “niche” to bring across the pond.

However, she’s still pushing for it – and speaking at the first ever UK Drag World convention in London last week, she claimed that progress is slowly being made.

“We’re getting closer [to a UK version],” the former Seduction singer said (via Yahoo). “But here’s the thing with the television situation here: I think commissioners don’t watch the show.

“They don’t understand the heart of the show. It’s life-altering and if they watched a series they would get it.

She continued: “A UK version is definitely going to happen, but I just don’t know when. I am not giving up hope; I will fight for this b***h until I die.

“There’s far too much drag talent in England, Scotland and Wales… all different parts of the UK. It can’t not happen.”

When Drag Race UK eventually becomes a reality, you can guarantee two people will be on the judging panel.

Michelle added: “Myself and Ru will be doing it, there will be no one else. It’s RuPaul’s Drag Race, and you speak English so we don’t have to worry about the translation.”

Drag Race has gone from strength to strength in the US. Earlier this year, it was promoted to VH1 from LGBT-focussed network Logo.

VH1 has since ordered a tenth regular season and a third ‘All-Stars’ season, and brought spin-off ‘Untucked’ back to TV.

Yesterday it was announced that Michelle is joining Ireland’s Got Talent as a judge, alongside Louis Walsh.

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