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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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46.

myopinion    

She would be a great addition to the show.

793 days ago
47.

Michelle    

No one wants to see this fat slob week after week.. I am done watching the show without Steven Tyler, he was the only reason I watched..

793 days ago
48.

What You Really Want To See    

Field Marshall Obama here. I may be free after next January. Everyone knows how relevant I am. Give me the job. It'll be great to make some important decisions for a change. Get jiggy wid da bama

793 days ago
49.

Liz    

Yes! Some real talent will be judging ppl finally!

793 days ago
50.

sotiredofthis    

H-E-L-L, N-O. Simply too old and irrelevant (not my thoughts but those who mainly vote - it would be a death knell for Idol as would Jerry Lewis). Plus she's too bias and diva-ish (with no reason to be!)

793 days ago
51.

RGP    

Lost all respect for AI since the voting off Jessica fiascal. Still maintain something was amiss there. Reasons for this. 1. AI No. 3 in the ratings a week before 2. Ratings booster idea ..vote your top singer off 3. tell the judges before the show that they have to use their saves that night....and this actually happened.
Guess what AI is the most talked about subject arounfd the water cooler the next day and Jessica getting the boot was trending in the top 5 on twitter.
Bring Jimmy on as a judge and whoever else is chosen be prepared to tell it like it is and do not play favorites....and PLEASE no more DUDE that is the hardest song in the world to sing

793 days ago
52.

Bj    

oh! hell no, this lady is a B tch for real! She will not make a good judge the next winner will be singing sad r&b gospel revival songs!

793 days ago
53.

LCS27    

Everyone who doesn't like Aretha probably was raped in childhood.

793 days ago
54.

TMZISAPIECEOFSHIT    

NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

793 days ago
55.

Mary    

The Queen of Soul definitely has a seasoned and true ear. Too bad they're not 'selling' that kind of music much anymore. Marketing trumps talent,
rather than marketing true talent.
One can hope.

793 days ago
56.

Areader    

How cool would this be!

793 days ago
57.

Observer    

She cheats on her taxes,
She cheats vendors out of money,
She acts like screw everyone only she matters.

Luved her pipes, yet she's not a person I'd hang with or want to ever be around.

Won't catch me watching if she's slothing on a judge chair.

792 days ago
58.

Tyler Murray    

Hell yeah they should hire her! She would be the most credible judge they've had on the show by far. This is a SINGING competition and Aretha is one of the best singers in the world. Why the hell shouldn't they consider this? People don't want her on the show because she's old or they think she'll be a primadona? Whatever...

792 days ago
59.

HumanNature    

BRING ON THE "QUEEN" OF SOUL!!!!

792 days ago
60.

Meanie    

God no!

792 days ago
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