Picks and Pans Review: Rupaul Is Back! Long Live the Drag Queen

updated 02/23/2009 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/23/2009 AT 01:00 AM EST

>• The cross-dressing diva, 48, counsels nine drag-queen hopefuls on the Logo reality series RuPaul's Drag Race.

IS AMERICA READY FOR THIS? These past eight years, drag has really gone underground. But now our country is opening up to hope, beauty and joy.

ARE YOU A REALITY FAN? The only reality show I've ever been hooked on is Judge Judy! She reminds me of my mom.

ON THE SHOW, YOU APPEAR BOTH IN AND OUT OF DRAG. WHICH DO YOU LIKE MORE? Drag isn't comfortable at all! I only do it if I am being paid. But I still change clothes three times a day. I like to dress up. Always have.

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