Desperate Housewives' `dead' star BRENDA YOUNG is set to come back to life as one of the judges at the upcoming Miss America pageant.

Young, who plays Mary Alice Young, on the hit show will team up with castmate James Denton, who is hosting the Las Vegas, Nevada beauty contest on 21 January (06).

Other judges include MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE star Jane Kaczmarek and soul singer Brian McKnight.