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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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Sexy Brown    

BY ALL MEANS, SAY YESSSSS TO THE QUEEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!

739 days ago
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quest21    

Of course she is throwing her hat in the ring that broke heifer needs a paycheck. I use to watch every episode up to season 5, now I catch it every once in a while. If they bring in Aretha I will never watch again. She is not relevant in the music industry anymore and I am all for her trying to revive her career, but Idol ain't it. Go sing in Vegas like the other old heads!!!

739 days ago
78.

J-LO on Steroids    

Adam Lambert, Chaka Khan, Gloria Estefan
The 3 new judges.

739 days ago
79.

Tom    

I would start watching the show again.

739 days ago
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