'American Idol': Aretha Franklin is interested in judging

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aretha-franklin-getty.jpg Aretha Franklin has declared that she is interested in judging "American Idol," reports Reuters. In response to an email asking whether she would join the judges panel, the Queen of Soul replied, "Yes I am interested as a judge!"

Rumors have been swirling for weeks about a new panel of judges, even before Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez made their departures official. Adam Lambert's name has been tossed around, though it doesn't sound as if the show has actually approached him.

Nigel Lythgoe has also mentioned Jerry Lewis and Charlie Sheen, but frankly -- we hope he's kidding. The singing competition is already enough of a joke as it is at this point, but that would push it over into the completely farcical. Those two names are akin to plucking any two names out of the Old Hat and the Bad Boy Hat. Why not Clint Eastwood and Chris Brown? Why not Betty White and Corey Feldman?

What do you think, "Idol" fans? Got anyone in particular in mind?

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