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Aretha Franklin Wants to Be an Idol Judge

ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 05:  The Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin performs at The Fox Theatre on March 5, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for The Fox Theatre)

We're in for several long months of chitchat about who will replace Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez (and maybe Randy Jackson) on Idol next season. But at least we can kick off speculation season with a fun one: Aretha Franklin apparently told CNN that she wants in on the gig, and that she'd like to bring Patti LaBelle along with her. This is what it sounds like when opportunity comes a-knocking, Fox.

Photo: Rick Diamond/Getty Images