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Aretha Franklin

I Want to Be the Next 'American Idol' Judge

7/15/2012 5:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Dry your tears, "Idol" fans -- Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez are out, but something even better might be in store for you ... Aretha Franklin is officially putting her hat in the ring to be the next judge. 

The Queen of Soul herself sent out an email Saturday saying, "Yes, I am interested as a judge," when asked about a future role in the singing competition.

The 18-time Grammy winner would come as a replacement judge for the next season after both Tyler and Lopez bowed out last week.

Neither Fox, nor Freemantle Media -- the honchos behind "Idol" -- have commented on the legendary singer's interest ... yet.

If Aretha does become a judge, all we can say is ... R-E-S-P-E-C-T.

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YouDontSay    

At one time maybe. She has become very opinionated and tunneled visioned about her way only.

767 days ago
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YouDontSay    

I wish they would stop using singers. Use Berry Gordy or Stewart Levine. Someone who produces records. A talent scout. They are really off track.

767 days ago
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MrHarrybawls2010    

Hey Aretha: you seemed to not be able to pull yourself together to go to Whitney Houston's funeral but were able to play a concert later that night. You also seem to have a problem with paying your taxes. So you want to be a judge now on this crapfest called american idol? A BIG F.U. YOU FAT BEEYOTCH.

767 days ago
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IceGypsy    

Wow would love to see that

767 days ago
20.

Xarexx    

need young judges... of this generation not the 70s

767 days ago
21.

There's a problem here    

Oh no Aretha. I just can't believe you would do that. Say it ain't so (and it may not be if it is from TMZ)

767 days ago
22.

dreamon    

She's ruined he remarkable legacy with her narcisisstic behavior and unreliability.

767 days ago
23.

She's baaaack    

Aretha writes but she writes for her particular genre of music. I don't think she produces. A producer would get the whole picture. Simon was a total azzhoal but he knew his stuff in the fluffy world of AI. Randy also knew his stuff in all that fluff. Paula was there for comic relief and the rest of them were merely famous singers. The show has been jumping the shark for a while now. If this is true Soul Sister 'Re has taste for zhit.

767 days ago
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CRAZYGIRL    

The queen of soul was a no show at Whitney Houston's funeral!! But she performed that night at Radio City, what a disgrace. I hope American Idol picks someone else...Bring back Paula!!

767 days ago
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She's baaaack    

@CRAZYGIRL - Truth is Aretha has to be one blink from unconsciousness in order to fly. She has an abject fear of flying, which is why she could not be at Whitney Houston's funeral. That is one of the reasons I'm calling bull**** on this story. Aretha don't fly.

767 days ago
26.

Seldombinlaid    

Just when I was getting used to Steven, and Jenn, they quit. When Paula left the show died. Simon seemed lost without his play mate. Seems Simon hasn't learned his lesson with X Factor.

767 days ago
27.

Ratings Needed    

FINALLY,someone with real, musical knowledge!!!

767 days ago
28.

Hyde    

She certainly has the credentials, but with Aretha's overblown ego there wouldn't be room for anyone else on the show.

767 days ago
29.

Jordan    

Aretha Franklin is a bad choice they already had old geazers on the show now you need to make the show with youth celebrity and relevant the perfect judge for that would be KIM KARDASHIAN.

767 days ago
30.

MAX    

how does she stack all those plates under her chins ? o those are her chins

767 days ago
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