RPDRUK winner The Vivienne SLAMS X Factor saying ITV show asked her to perform without pay
RuPaul’s Drag Race UK winner The Vivienne claims she turned down offer to perform at The X Factor: Celebrity final because ITV refused to pay her
- The Vivienne tweeted she was asked to perform on X Factory: Celebrity for free
- She refused the offer – and took to Twitter to publicly criticise the ITV show
- But fellow RuPaul finalist Baga Chipz tweeted that she was paid for the same gig
RuPaul’s Drag Race UK winner The Vivienne has claimed ITV asked her to perform at the finals of The X Factor: Celebrity – but refused to offer to pay her.
The drag queen, who was last week crowned the winner of the BBC3 reality show, tweeted on Saturday that she was honoured to be asked to perform on The X Factor, but refused the invitation on the grounds that she and other drag acts wouldn’t be paid.
When asked by fans why she hadn’t performed for free, The Vivienne said ‘exposure doesn’t pay the bills’ and that Ru Paul’s Drag Race UK has three times the audience of The X Factor: Celebrity.
RuPaul’s Drag Race UK winner The Vivienne (left) has slammed the X Factor after saying she was asked to perform on in the final of the ITV show for free. However, the show’s finalist Baga Chipz (right) who did appear in this weekend’s X Factor, later clarified it was a mix-up and she did in fact get paid
The drag queen, who last week was crowned the winner of the hit reality show after it made it’s British debut, tweeted on Saturday that she was honoured to be asked to perform on the show, but refused on the grounds that she and other drag acts wouldn’t be paid
On Saturday, The Vivienne tweeted: ‘Was so honoured to be asked to perform on @TheXFactor this evening. However I decided not to.
‘Until they realise that drag queens are artists who need Also need paying, I’ll politely decline. Everybody else will be getting paid apart from the drag queens? Not acceptable.
However fellow RuPaul’s Drag Race UK finalist Baga Chipz, who did perform on Celebrity: The X Factor, appeared to undermine The Vivienne’s claim by revealing she had been paid for the gig.
She replied to multiple tweets insisting she had received a ‘handsome’ sum of money for her back-up dancing.
Baga Chipz performed on the show, supporting the Chase’s Jenny Ryan, who lost to Megan McKenna in the final
Baga Chipz performed on the show, supporting the Chase’s Jenny Ryan, who lost to TOWIE’s Megan McKenna in the final
She tweeted: ‘It was my mistake I’ve just had to sign a form… girls been paid’.
The Vivienne later insisted that Baga Chipz was only paid because she had publicly called out the show.
Representatives for the X Factor, later confirmed to Metro that every performer on the show had been paid – but the The Vivienne insisted this is not what she was initially told.
MailOnline has contacted ITV and Syco, who make the programme for ITV, for comment.
‘How convenient,’ The Vivienne tweeted. ‘Not until I called them out did it suddenly become ‘a mistake’. We were BOTH told on the same phone call it was UNPAID. I call b******t.’
Representatives for the X Factor, later confirmed to Metro that every performer on the show had been paid – but the The Vivienne insisted this is not what she was initially told. ‘How convenient,’ she tweeted. ‘Not until I called them out did it suddenly become ‘a mistake’. We were BOTH told on the same phone call it was UNPAID. I call bullsh*t.’
The Vivienne said that she was told the gig would not be paid, and her friend Baga only got paid after she complained
‘EXPOSURE DOESNT PAY THE BILLS! 9 weeks of bbc versus 3 minutes on itv. Drag had TRIPLE the viewing figures or Xfactor. FACT. Wigs, costumes, shoes, make up. IS NOT FREE.’
RuPaul’s Drag Race UK has already confirmed for a second series in 2020 by BBC Three and World of Wonder.
The BBC announced that in the halfway point in the series, the show had an impressive 6.5 million total requests on iPlayer so far.
Liverpudlian Queen The Vivienne beat off competition from veteran act Divina de Campo in last month’s final, while Baga Chipz went home in third place.