Aretha Franklin: I Want to Be Idol Judge

Queen of Soul says via email that she's a big fan

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 15, 2012 11:32 AM CDT

(Newser) American Idol is down Steven Tyler and J.Lo (and maybe Randy Jackson, for the trifecta), but one hefty voice is volunteering her talents as judge: None other than Aretha Franklin told CNN via email yesterday that she's interested in the gig. The 70-year-old Queen of Soul is apparently a big fan of the show, and offers up Patti LaBelle as a possible sidekick. Fox had no comment, but adding a judge of Franklin's caliber could provide the lagging show with a much-needed shot in the arm, CNN notes.

This Jan. 14, 2012 file photo, shows Aretha Franklin performing during the BET Honors at the Warner Theatre in Washington.
This Jan. 14, 2012 file photo, shows Aretha Franklin performing during the BET Honors at the Warner Theatre in Washington.   (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, file)
Aretha Franklin performs at the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans on Sunday, July 8, 2012.
Aretha Franklin performs at the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans on Sunday, July 8, 2012.   (Photo by Cheryl Gerber/Invision/AP)
Aretha Franklin performs at the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans on Sunday, July 8, 2012.
Aretha Franklin performs at the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans on Sunday, July 8, 2012.   (Photo by Cheryl Gerber/Invision/AP)
Aretha Franklin performs at The Fox Theatre on March 5, 2012 in Atlanta.
Aretha Franklin performs at The Fox Theatre on March 5, 2012 in Atlanta.   (Getty Images)
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