Aretha Franklin “Interested” in Judging “American Idol”

Add the Queen of Soul to the growing number of vocalists/entertainers (Think Jerry Lewis and Mariah Carey) reportedly throwing her mic in the ring for a shout at a gig on American Idol.

Aretha Franklin has confirmed that she is interested in joining the judging panel of the TV talent show as a possible replacement exiting judges Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez. Tyler and Lopez announced their departures from the Fox singing contest last week.

Franklin, an 18-time Grammy Award winner, sent an e-mail to CNN Saturday announcing her interest in the show. And get this: She wouldn’t mind bringing songstress Patti LaBelle along with her. In response to an email question asking Franklin whether she is interested in joining Idol as a judge or a mentor, the singer responded:

“Yes, I am interested as a judge!”

American Idol lost its top ratings spot this year to NBC’s Sunday Night Football. Additionally, rival singing contests like Fox’s The X Factor and NBC’s The Voice have sliced into Idol’s ratings.

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