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Courtney Act

Hailing from the brand new season of Logo’s hit television show RuPaul’s Drag Race Shane Jenek is now transformed into the female illusionist Courtney Act. The girl from Down Under moved to West Hollywood to a career that was launched thanks to Australian Idol. Act uses those pipes in her new song “To Russia With Love.”

Act opened for Gaga on her Australian tour and sang at her birthday party. Bette Midler called Courtney a “sensation.” Act played the role of Angel in RENT the musical and became the face of Sheer Cover makeup in past years.

Watch this blonde bombshell take over season six this spring on the Drag Race and we skyped Shane in Sydney to get the scoop on what makes him a winning Act.

JN: (Jerry Nunn) Hi, Courtney. Is this your first time in Chicago?

CA: (Courtney Act) I spent a day in Chicago in 2010. When I flew into America I flew from London to Chicago. I was there for one night before going to Columbus and I chose to go to the Oprah gift store. I bought a pair of purple and gold Louis Vuitton sandals that had been worn by Oprah herself.

That is the beginning and end of my Chicago experience so I am looking forward to experiencing more.
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Australian hairstylist Tabatha Coffey has been reinventing businesses across the country on Bravo and is finishing up her hit show Tabatha Takes Over for another season.

First competing on Shear Genius on television then led to a salon takeover show. With a knack for business savvy and a talent for seeing through the problems, Coffey is one to watch on reality TV.

Her book It’s Not Really About the Hair described her life growing up around drag queens and being openly lesbian. No matter what endeavor she takes on she seems to have the magic touch.

We chatted on the phone about the new season of her show before it began.

JN: (Jerry Nunn) Hey, Tabatha. It’s your favorite reporter from Chicago on the phone!

TC: (Tabatha Coffey) I know it is.

JN: This season looks as gay as ever with a drag queen playing you on one episode. Where was that?

TC: Oh, it was fabulous. It was here in California in Riverside at a nightclub that I took over. Morgan McMichaels is actually a friend of mine as well. Now I know where I can turn if I ever get sick or need a day off, Morgan’s my girl because she is fabulous at being me.
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The hit RuPaul’s Drag Race on Logo television debuted with bigger ratings than ever making it the biggest success for the network so far.

Nearing the finish line we have Alaska Thunderfuck 5000 in the top three. Her competitors for the crown currently are Roxxy Andrews and Jinkx Monsoon.

Known simply as Alaska to the family audience watching at home, she is the boyfriend of season four winner Sharon Needles and became a member of his Haus of Haunt in Pittsburg years ago.

Backstage at the anniversary party for Roscoe’s Tavern we chatted with the queen getting to know more about her and the behind the scenes of the number one drag show on TV.

JN: (Jerry Nunn) Hiii, Alaska. Let’s talk about your career from the beginning.

Alaska: I started doing drag when I was a little kid because I would dress up in my grandma’s clothes. I would runway walk in the living room. I didn’t really do it until I moved to LA. I moved out there to be an actor but I hated headshots and auditions. I was unhappy so I went out in drag to cheer myself up. I went out to a club and they offered me a door job. So then I got a job from doing it so I kept on with it afterwards.
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Sitting on the judge’s panel on RuPaul’s Drag Race is the one and only Michelle Visage joining Ru after season two replacing former judge Merle Ginsberg. She is now scheduled to school those queens on two new upcoming shows for the channel RuPaul’s Drag Race season five and RuPaul’s All Stars Drag Race.

Originally from a girl group named Seduction, Visage broke into the club scene with a few hits then continued hosting radio shows. She met RuPaul years ago and has stayed friends ever since changing the course of her life.

Jerry Nunn: Heyyy, Michelle.

Michelle Visage: When they set up the interview I said, “I know, Jerry!”

JN: We talked not too long ago but it was in the middle of last season. What did you think of the winner of season four?
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