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Aretha Franklin -- Dancing with the Diva?

11/18/2008 2:30 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Rolling with an entourage of six large gentlemen last night at The Ivy, it's easy to see how some people would consider Aretha Franklin a diva -- and by "some people," we mean the staff at "Dancing with the Stars."
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The Queen of Soul is set to perform on the show tonight, but sources there tell TMZ Aretha has quite the list of demands. Among them, we're told Aretha has requested the air conditioning be turned off whenever she sings and we're also told she was adamant about switching up her song at the last minute ... but even if it is "diva" behavior, does it really matter?

Note to "DWTS" staff -- she's ARETHA FRANKLIN. She can do whatever the hell she wants.

Now somebody go get her a big mac.

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RReedy    

This human blob could't kick her way out of paper bag, much less dance...the singing ain't what it used to be, either.

2164 days ago
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Wickeddoll    

I adore Aretha, but I think she may be demented - seriously. She has exhibited very un-Aretha-like behavior over the past 5 years or so. I remember when she was the most humble person ever - was embarrassed by all the attention, but now she demands it?! That "feud" with Beyonce was really sad: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/23136138/

I'm telling you, that's not the Aretha of the old days - not even close. She needs some Alzheimer testing (I'm a nurse, so I know at least a little about the subject)

2164 days ago
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Reality    

she wants the AC turned OFF when she sings? WTF? Does the audience really want to see MORE sweat roll off this swine?

2164 days ago
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northern gypsy    

i haven't hear her highness singing lately...but...if she still has those mind-boggling pipes...watch-out !!!

2164 days ago
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Barfalufugus    

sorry maggot, but you weren't FIRST!!!

2164 days ago
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Theresa    

Does any one really care?She is just a FAT BITCH. All she does is scream & moan. You can't even make out what she is trying to sing. TINA TURNER IS THE REAL QUEEN WITH CLASS!!!!!

2164 days ago
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fromdetroit    

Pay your taxes - slob!

2164 days ago
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Jane    

Most "REAL" singers want the air conditions turned off when they sing. Its very bad for their vocal cords. Maybe the staff there are too use to these fake lip-synching, no talent acts we have now. Caring for her vocal cords is one of the reasons she still has a career!!

2164 days ago
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RITE ING KLAS    

WHAT ARE A-L-L OF HER BODYGUARDS CARRYING? IT LOOKS LIKE THEY'RE ALL CARRYING NAPKINS ROLLED AROUND STUFF, AND ONE LOOKS LIKE HE'S TAKING HOME LEFTOVERS? ANYBODY KNOW?

2164 days ago
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Crackhead    

She looks like she should be selling syrup.

2164 days ago
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Ms_Tell_It_Like_It_Is    

Ugh, all you moronic, immature haters - karma is going to hit you hard. As for Aretha - yes, she IS Aretha Franklin and has earned her divaship for SOME things. The A/C is to protect her vocal chords most likely. Hey, if she has certain NEEDS and WANTS in order for them to hear her sing live, then they need to pony up. I don't blame her... she has given the world a lot of her wonderful talent, so she has the right.

2164 days ago
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LeeBo    

Damn!!! All that money and she looks like Rerun from "Whats Happening!".

2164 days ago
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hell with them all    

you are no better than the next person in line. Pass you $$ over to us poor people OBAMA said so. F--K him

2164 days ago
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al loanese    

DANCING WITH THE STARS...TONITE...ARETHA FRANKLIN......SHOWS YOU WHAT ITS LIKE O BE A BIG FAT DIVA THAT WILL HUFF AN PUFF HER WAY THRU HER SONGS......ALL BE PREPARED TO WACH THIS FAT AZZ DIE OF A HEART ATTACK WHILE TRYING TO ASTHMA HER WAY THRU SONG....WHAT BETTER WAY FOR THIS FAT COW OF A DIVA TO GO...ON LIVE TV. GET YOUR TICKETS TO THIS HUGE FAT EVENT!!!!!!

2164 days ago
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al loanese    

9. Most "REAL" singers want the air conditions turned off when they sing. Its very bad for their vocal cords. Maybe the staff there are too use to these fake lip-synching, no talent acts we have now. Caring for her vocal cords is one of the reasons she still has a career!!

Posted at 1:36PM on Nov 18th 2008 by Jean



SHE STILL HAS A CAREER? THATS NEWS TO ME! THIS FAT BITCH HASNT DONE ANYTHING BUT EAT HER WAY THRU DETROIT...IF THATS A CAREER THAN I CAN SEE WHY SHE SO FRIGGIN FAT.......SHES AN OLDIES ACT NOW, AND TO BE THAT FAT AND A CONSTANT BITCH...WELL SHES OVER! AINT HAD A HIT RECORD IN YEARS. ARETHA WILL DIE OF A HEAR ATTACK AND IT WOULD BE HER OWN DAMN FAULT. THEY WOULD HAVE TO FIND THE RIGHT WHALE TO PAY HER IN A MOVIE!!!!!

2164 days ago
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