Strictly Come Dancing fans are hanging on the edge of their seats after Michele Visage landed a place at the bottom of the leaderboard. The performance that landed her there: the first ever full voguing number to be seen on the show.
Last night’s episode of the British dance series saw the remaining seven celebrity contestants take to the dance floor. The performance was aired live from the Blackpool Tower in Lancashire.
For Visage and professional partner Giovanni Pernice’s set the pair chose the “Street/Commercial” category and performed the 1990 Madonna hit “Vogue” — in particular, the performance was a recreation of Madonna’s 1990 MTV Video Music Awards appearance. Ahead of the routine the RuPaul's Drag Race U.K. judge spoke passionately about how much voguing and the LGBTQ+ community meant to her.
“It's less about the song and more about what Voguing has meant to me as a teenager who kind of had no place in New York City and was taken in by the gay community,” she said. "I knew for the first time, that I had found my family. I knew that I was there and I knew that I was home.”
Visage’s performance was both praised and critiqued by Strictly judges.
“Just on a technical note, there needed to be a little bit more definition, particularly if you’re going to go around your face to make those circles clear,” said Craig Revel Horwood. “That’s what voguing is; it’s about being very definitive. I loved the styling and I absolutely loved the sentiment."
“I loved the styling of everything,” Motsi Mabuse added. “I feel like we’re watching a movie or story, the message behind that dance was so important.”
Visage’s final score ended up being 32, and while not a horrible tally, it landed the performer at the bottom of the leaderboard. Her fans were not happy. Visage and Pernice were spared last week after landing in the bottom two during a dance-off against Mike Bushell and his partner Katya Jones, who were voted off.
Fans of the show took to Twitter to share their thoughts.
“I think it's a real shame that not everybody understood or appreciated the sentiment behind Voguing and what it means to the LGBTQ+ community and Michelle. I hope she knows how amazing it was to see that on Strictly,” one viewer wrote.
Another viewer added: “If Michelle and Gio are in the bottom two tonight they’ll go home and I’m gutted because I look forward to watching them every week.”
One viewer thought Visage and Pernice’s performance could have been better but was ultimately disappointed at their score. “Disappointed for Michelle and Gio but she wasn't really dancing,” they wrote.
Tonight’s show will see which Strictly stars make it through to the next week. Strictly Come Dancing results will air at 7:15pm on BBC One.