Michelle Visage on her pink Nintendo DS and her favorite Pokémon
Michelle Visage is best known for being Ru Paul’s right-hand man on Drag Race, being a pop sensation in the ’80s, and even taking a ride on Strictly Come Dancing.
But did you know about his secret gambling habit?
We chatted with Pokémon’s radio DJ, his choice of podcast mic, and his dogs’ DNA testing.
You are the celebrity judge for the Pokémon Presents Super Pet contest. What’s your favorite Pokémon?
It has evolved over the years. See what I did there? I’ve always been a Piplup fan but lately I’ve been obsessed with Lopunny. She is cuddly, cute, squishy and fluffy. And she has an attitude.
What do you like about games?
I started playing them with my daughter, Lily, when she was seven. She was playing Pokémon Sapphire and Ruby on her GameBoy Advance. I wanted to know what my daughter was playing, so I got one and started playing with her.
I realized that it’s not only safe, but it’s creative and fun. We never stopped! Lily is 21 now and will even be going out of Meetings to catch Pokémon on Pokémon Go, and I downloaded the new Pokémon Unite game yesterday.
Speaking of video games, what is your favorite console?
I am 53 years old so I go back to Pong then to my Atari console. But I still like to play my old Nintendo DS, which is pink. I keep it in my bedside table. Other than Pokémon, my favorite games are a bit embarrassing. I really like the one called Cake Mania.
You judge the Pokémon pet contest and you have dogs yourself. Do you have a dog tech?
I have two dogs and they are pretty basic – they love tennis balls. They are rescue dogs and they are very spoiled. They love their life. We did DNA tests on them to find out what they were. We thought we had a border collie but, no, they’re both pit bulls.
Have you ever had a tech related failure?
I did a podcast with RuPaul for many years called What’s The Tee? I remember recording an entire podcast and then the producer called me and said my mic was off all the time. I had to re-record everything I said between what Ru said and make it look like I was there. Technology is not perfect!
What is your favorite technology to use for radio and podcasting?
I spent almost 20 years in radio and was a fan of the old-school Sony headphones, but switched from headphones to Sennheiser headphones. I do my podcasting on a Sennheiser mic but I also like the Shure mics.
I use the Shure MV88 portable mic, which plugs into my iPhone, and it’s better than any standalone mic I’ve used before. I take it everywhere with me.
What was your favorite gadget growing up?
Long before Nintendo GameBoy, I had a portable game called Mattel Electronics Football. It was a digital American football game and it was so much fun. I didn’t like sports but I was really good at it.
What technology has appealed to you lately?
Smartphones are remarkable. Not only can we watch an entire movie, but we can also check our blood pressure, take our temperature, or scan something and send it to a doctor. A universe in the palm of your hand. And we can use it to catch Pokémon!
Are you an iPhone or Android person?
I have the iPhone 12 Pro Max. My daughter is an Android person. I am very upset when I see his green texts so I make him use WhatsApp because his green texts give me anxiety.
I’ve been on the Android team for many years and it’s better in many ways – the storage and cameras are outstanding.
Michelle Visage is the Celebrity Judge for the Pokémon Presents Super Pet contest, which is now open for entries. Go to pokemon.co.uk/superpetcontest to register your pets
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