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With the current line-up of judges on American Idol falling faster than the chances of me magically receiving tickets for the opening ceremony of the Olympics, it looks like an unlikely candidate has stepped up to the mark and stated their desire to claim one of the coveted (now empty) seats. Enter, Aretha Franklin!
According to TMZ, Aretha Franklin allegedly sent out an email claiming to say, 'Yes, I am interested as a judge.' I'm not sure how legitimate this is, but she would be a massive coup for the ageing show as it tries to compete with young whippersnappers, X-Factor and The Voice.
Whether or not American Idol is worthy of having a superstar like Aretha Franklin I'm not going to touch, but personally I think she would be an excellent judge. This is a star who has decades of experience in the industry, has paved the way for pretty much all Divas since, and has a voice that is revered by all.
What separates Aretha Franklin from other Divas who could possibly take up a seat- ie Mariah Carey- is that this is one woman who is clearly hard to impress, and isn't afraid of shading others publicly if she doesn't like what's going on in front of her.
Just check out (below) Joss Stone failing to hold Areatha Franklin's attention with her cover of Natural Woman; Patti LaBelle getting frostbite during her tribute to the Queen Of Soul; Carol King's speaking about her experience working with the musical legend at Diva's 1998; and finally, read about Aretha's toys-out-the-pram reaction to Beyonce calling Tina Turner "The Queen" [link].
They'll all give you some indication of the kind of judge Aretha Franklin could potentially be.