Aretha Franklin Wants To Be Next American Idol Judge

American Idol may have lost judges Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez but a much bigger diva has stepped up to possibly offer her assistance. The Queen of music herself Aretha Franklin announced this weekend that she would love to be a judge on the popular Fox TV show.

An 18-time Grammy Award winner and one of the greatest modern singers of all time the thought of Franklin in a starring role could be the push Fox needs to keep their multi-billion payload moving forward.

In an email to CNN Franklin, 70, said she would be interested in joining the show as its next big host.

Currently performing a show in Las Vegas the famous singer said she would love to take on a role for American Idol season 12 and that she has been a fan of Idol for years.

If that isn’t exciting enough for music lovers Franklin told CNN that she also love to bring along friend and fellow singer Patti LaBelle.

Last season American Idol lost its top ratings spot to NBC’s Sunday Night Football and lately rumors have pointed to producers looking to re-invent the show with fresh talent, potentially of a younger generation.

As producers continue to “reinvent” the show to bring it up to today’s standards the question still remains as to whether they will go with “classic” and critically heralded talent such as Aretha Franklin or choose a younger core judging demographic as X Factor recently did with Britney Spears replacing Paula Abdul.

In the meantime American Idol has some tough competition via Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera, and Blake Shelton rocking out on NBC’s popular new singing series “The Voice.”