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Chaka Khan

I'm the Next 'X-Factor'

Judge, If they Call Me Back

5/6/2012 8:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Who will be the next judge on "X-Factor"? Britney Spears ... Demi Lovato ... Miley Cyrus ... Chaka Khan ... er, what?

That's right ... sources close to the Queen of Funk tell TMZ ... Chaka is throwing her hat in the ring to snag one of two vacant spots on Simon Cowell's hit talent show.

We're told Chaka -- who has 10 Grammy awards -- is dying to be considered for the lucrative gig and instructed her people to reach out to producers of the show, claiming to be perfect for the part ... toting her 40 plus years of experience in the biz.

Don't get too excited funk fans ... there's no word on whether she's actually been called back. 

But we're sure her phone will be ringing any ... minute ... now ...

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Birdsht    

bull feces, dinosaurs dont do tv

797 days ago
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Mumra the Ever Living    

Wow, really riveting stuff this weekend.

797 days ago
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Truth    

THEY ALL IN IT FOR THE PAYCHECK, NOTHING ELSE - INCLUDING THOSE NO TALENT YOUNGINS LIKE BRIT BRIT. TRUE, CHAKA HAS THE CRED BUT NOT THE DEMOGRAPHICS. SIMON LUSTS AFTER UNDERAGE YOUNG TWEENERS SO HIGHLY DOUBT CHAKA IS IN THE BALLPARK. NEXT! #TRUTH!!

797 days ago
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Kelly    

I wish had a dollar for everyone who was the next X-Factor judge.

797 days ago
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Susan62509    

Simon needs to hire a judge (all judges for that fact) that understands music, been a performer with enough experience to judge another person and have the I.Q. level to communicate to the public/contestant. A judge that has the vocabulary to critique professionally, not repeat the same thing all the time. If Simon brings on Britney or any young teeny bopper, he show will fail this season. Aretha was begging to be on American Idol as a judge. Wake up Simon.

797 days ago
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Jim in Cali    

This is TV. People who watch this show aren't going to want to see her old ass.

797 days ago
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static    

That scraping sound is Simon Cowell at the bottom of the barrel.

797 days ago
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Truth    

THE VOICE BEAT XFACTOR IN RATINGS. THE DIFFERENCE IS BECAUSE THE VOICE TOOK THE AUDITIONING PROCESS SERIOUSLY. INSTEAD OF TAKING ON DRUG ADDICTS AND WACK JOBS WHO CANT SING FOR SH*T THEY TOOK REAL PARTICIPANTS WHO CAN CARRY A DAMN NOTE. THEN GOT JUDGES WHO CAN ACTUALLY SING THEMSELVES AND UNDERSTAND THE BRAND MARKETING PROCESS. COWELL'S LAZY A$$ STILL DOESNT GET IT. #EPICFAIL AGAIN!! #TRUTH!!

797 days ago
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Lucille    

Chaka Kahn would be perfect for the job. She has Grammy Awards, knows the music business inside out, is a mature woman, will be able to make a decision and do her job, unlike the previous judge Nicole, and she's kind, but matter of fact. Chaka does a lot of charity work too, she has given back for many years and is deserving of this gig.

797 days ago
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EggsOverEasy    

Dial back the sarcastic snarkiness TMZ.. Kinda uncool..

797 days ago
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Carl    

Not that she'd actually be picked or help ratings, but she has accomplished more than the other women on the short list.

797 days ago
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SLH    

wow who will judge a singing contest? GET OVER IT

797 days ago
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lovetohatecelebs    

My gosh, Nicki Minaj looks exactly like her.

797 days ago
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lovetohatecelebs    

Only she has aged like a normal human being, and wasn't completely plastic since her late 20's.

797 days ago
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static    

That scraping sound you hear is Simon Cowell at the bottom of the barrel.

797 days ago
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