Hey squirrels. Everyone’s favorite female illusionist is back. With the premiere of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Season 4 only a few months way, January 2012 to be exact, the folks over at Logo have started their promotion onslaught. Not only do we get our very first teaser for the upcoming season, but we also learn a few of the celebrities dropping by to show off their judging skills.

As you can see in the picture above, Mercedes née Amber Riley will grace us with her presence for an episode. Considering one of her upcoming storylines on “Glee“, she’ll be right at home with drag queens. Mercedes will be given a younger brother who has an affinity for cross-dressing. Her brother will be played by “The Glee Project” runner-up, Alex Newell. “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.” While on the reality set, Riley confessed she sneaked backstage to catch a glimpse of some of the contestants get ready. Here’s what she said about her guest judging gig:

“I was so excited to do this I started screaming. 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!”


Other celebrities signing on for judging duties include Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family), Jennifer Love Hewitt (Party of Five), Rose McGowan (Charmed), Loretta Devine (Dreamgirls) and Kelly Osbourne (Fashion Police). All of them will be joining returning permanent judges Michelle Visage and Santino Rice. More judges will be announced at a later date. Here’s what Ferguson told TV Guide about his feelings on the show:

“This show does something very special for the gay community. 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.”

RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 4 Teaser

As promised, I’ve got a teaser for you of the upcoming season. It’s extremely short but it definitely revs up your Drag Race engines. According to Logo’s NewNowNext blog, there is a naughty message hidden in the teaser. For the life of me, I can’t figure it out. Maybe the message is the music playing in the background- it’s a Muzak version of “Jealous of My Boogie“. If you do figure out the true hidden message, sharesies please. RuPaul’s Drag Race returns to Logo in January 2012.