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GLAM-TASTIC Michelle Visage: 'I have some unfinished business in Ireland'

"There is definitely something special about being in Ireland and working here."

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Michelle Visage is counting down the days to when she can return to Ireland

Michelle Visage is counting down the days to when she can return to Ireland

Michelle Visage is counting down the days to when she can return to Ireland

American TV star Michelle Visage thought her time on Irish TV was over when Ireland's Got Talent was axed in the summer of 2019 after only two seasons. But her close pal Louis Walsh had other ideas.

When the pop mogul was asked who he'd recommend to help him judge this year's Junk Kouture (supported by Creative Ireland). event he only had one name in mind.

"There is definitely something special about being in Ireland and working here," the 52-year-old star told SundayWorld.com.

"I had such an amazing time working on Ireland's Got Talent alongside Louis, Denise (Van Outen) and Jason (Byrne) that I was made to feel at home.

"When all this Covid stuff is done I will be back right away to see my friends and travel around. I have unfinished business with Ireland," she laughs.

"That's one of the reasons I said 'yes' right away to Junk Kouture. It was so easy to say 'yes'. It's got all of my favourite things in one place."

There's a pause. "Except for the fact that none of us could actually be in the same place," she roars laughing.

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GLAM-TASTIC: Emma Power and Laura Fox will present the Junk Kouture final

GLAM-TASTIC: Emma Power and Laura Fox will present the Junk Kouture final

GLAM-TASTIC: Emma Power and Laura Fox will present the Junk Kouture final

Junk Kouture has been running for ten years now and challenges young fashion designers to get creative and design an outfit using … junk. In recent years it has been hosted as a live event in the 3Arena but after Covid restrictions it went online. RTÉ was quick to snap it up and this Thursday will see the show presented by 2FM stars Laura Fox and Emma Power.

"It's big, bold, brash, unique, creative and, most importantly, it is sustainable," Michelle continues. "I'm into climate change and I am definitely eco-friendly but my daughter Lily is a major in horticulture and is our resident eco-warrior.

"She is living a VERY sustainable lifestyle - which I am really proud of - it is really important. So these fashion designs are even more special than first meets the eye.

"But let's be clear," she giggles. "They are haute couture designs that no one would wear on the street. Although, maybe some of my drag pals would. But it's not everyday fashion.

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Haute Couture: One of the designs from Thursday's show

Haute Couture: One of the designs from Thursday's show

Haute Couture: One of the designs from Thursday's show

"The designs were amazing and all the finalists deserved to be there but when it came down to picking a winner both myself and Louis agreed."

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The star is chatting to us from her temporary home in New Zealand where she is filming the latest series of RuPaul's Drag Race. "I've been here over a month now and I love it. Do you know what's weird? And I don't want to rub it in and sound smug but I am the only one walking around wearing a mask.

"Locals keep telling me I don't have to wear one but I feel more comfortable doing it. It's a Covid-free society here. There is light at the end of the tunnel for everyone."

Speaking of light at the end of the tunnel - as we chatted to the American it was clear she is still very emotional after Biden's inauguration the week before.

"I pulled an all-nighter to watch it. Of course I did. I was watching history. I had a good cry too. Not just the end of Trump but Kamala as vice-president too.

"And then I went to bed and woke up to the news he had already signed loads of executive orders undoing the horrible and nasty and divisive work that Trump had done. We are back in the Paris climate agreement," she yells animatedly.

"I am a proud Democrat and always have been, but the last four years were so much more than anyone could have ever imagined. There is damage done to the US, internally and externally, that will never be undone now unfortunately. But President Biden can bring change. Positive change. And I can't wait to go home and celebrate in Los Angeles."

* Don't miss the final of Junk Kouture this Thursday on RTÉ2 at 7pm

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