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.   (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, file)
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.   (Photo by Cheryl Gerber/Invision/AP)
Aretha Franklin performs at The Fox Theatre on March 5, 2012 in Atlanta.   (Getty Images)
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