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RuPaul's Drag Race, Logo's campy take on America's Next Top Model, may not be as well known as the CW hit, but it's luring some high-profile guest judges that would make other reality shows jealous. When Season 4 of the competition show — which pits drag queens against each other — kicks off in January, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Rose McGowan, Loretta Devine, Kelly Osbourne and two of my personal faves — Modern Family's Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Glee's Amber Riley — will be sitting pretty at the judging table. What's the draw? 

"This show does something very special for the gay community," explains Jesse. "There's a message hidden inside the totally gaudy package that is so fun to watch. It's all about loving and accepting yourself, and every season I'm surprisingly moved by it."

"I was so excited to do this I started screaming," echoes Amber, who sneaked backstage to see the men transform into ladies. "I am a very big RuPaul fan. She's absolutely gorge. I just had to make sure my hair and makeup were done right if I was in front of drag queens!"

Amber also hopes her Glee character, Mercedes, will be given a gender-bending kid brother when the series brings on cross-dressing Glee Project runner-up, Alex Newell, later this season for his two-episode arc. "Alex seems so liberated when he's in drag," Amber says. "It would be great for younger Glee fans to see a character like that."

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