Would Aretha Franklin Make a Good 'American Idol' Judge?

Music 2012/07/15 21:26:25
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Ever since Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler announced that they’d be leaving “American Idol,” rumors have been flying about who will replace them as judges. Now, one music superstar has volunteered her services: 18-time Grammy Award winner Aretha Franklin.

In addition to her many Grammys, Franklin, 70, became the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Though she is best known for 1960s hits such as “Respect” and “Baby I Love You,” Rolling Stone has described Franklin as the greatest female singer of all time.

Apparently, in an email to CNN on Saturday, Franklin said that she has long been a fan of “American Idol” and would love to join the cast as a judge. The Queen of Soul also suggested Patti LaBelle as a sidekick. According to CNN, “Fox declined to comment on Franklin on Saturday night.” But adding a judge of Franklin’s caliber may be just what the network needs to do to boost ratings.

What do you think SodaHeads? Would Aretha Franklin make a good “American Idol” judge?

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  • Meako 2012/07/15 21:41:54
    Yes, the Queen would be magnificent.. she has lost a lot of weight since she was sick....!! love me some Aretha, R-E-S-P-E-C-T.............

    aretha lost weight

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  • Ozymandias 2012/07/16 17:14:58
  • Quinni 2012/07/16 16:39:20
    She won't go for the drama and bs. She'll set them straight. And her with Patti.... the show would be amazing. I don't watch the show... but to hear what she and Patti have to say, I would.
  • I am the Don Dada 2012/07/16 16:35:28
    I am the Don Dada
    Ain't nobody know singing like the Queen of Soul! American Idol is on its way out the door anyway so who the heck cares who the judges are at this point? The Voice is a much better show!!
  • SJG I am th... 2012/07/16 18:24:06
    Ain't nobody know singing??????????? How about English next time??
  • I am th... SJG 2012/07/16 19:26:32 (edited)
    I am the Don Dada
    I can use contractions quite effectively when needed. Since I declined to do so in my last comment you should have taken it to mean that I (the writer) was enjoying a moment of free speech and therefore using Ebonics as my form of self expression. Aight? Nah wha I sayin?

    I should also mention that having been born in the London, England (the "English" as they are also known), I have quite a good grasp on what is also known as the Queen's english.

    How's that for justification my friend?
  • SJG I am th... 2012/07/16 22:00:55
    Very good, I commend you!!
  • romie 2012/07/16 16:31:15
    she knows talent and character,thats why
  • Paige 2012/07/16 15:59:34
    Aretha Franklin is a great singer, but I don't think she has the personality for that show. They need someone younger for that shows demographics.
  • chris 2012/07/16 15:58:08
    by all standards, I concur!!!
  • Lord Emperor of Dune 2012/07/16 15:41:58
    Lord Emperor of Dune
    Whip those soft punks into shape!
  • émilie✿ 2012/07/16 15:25:08
    Oh hell yes :D
  • ChristabelLartey 2012/07/16 15:22:33
    She would, but I think "Idol" is so beneath the Diva.
  • Ben 2012/07/16 15:15:54
    They just need to bury that show and try something new. The ratings have tanked hard in the past two years and they just keep going.
  • JOMO 2012/07/16 15:09:07
    Hell to the NO...! I grew up listening to Aretha Franklin and she was in her time one hell of a performer... But based on how she have allowed herself to blow up giving the impression of irresponsibility for herself.., how and why should she be given the right to judge others...?

    I know on one hand she would be judging the performance of the contestants.., but at the same time part of their performance will include appearance..., It perfectly ok if Aretha Franklin choose to be obese.., what is not ok in my opinion is to have to watch someone her size wobble out onto the stage week after week to sit in judgement of others.

    The fact that she is being considered as a judge indicates to me that the steam that once made American Idol one of the hottest shows to watch is running out. And part of the reason is the voting process has the impression of being rigged..!

    There is absolutely no way Phillip Phillips sing or perform better than Jessica Sanchez or Joshua Ledet... So it is no wonder that the producers are having to consider someone like Aretha Franklin to try and keep the show afloat. I was a fan of the show since the beginning.., but after the 2012 results I will no longer watch the show...JOMO
  • 30stmFa... JOMO 2012/07/16 20:36:00
    I haven't watched the show since they hired Jlow. This would be going from bad to worse. ANOTHER FUR HAG. No way. People that are voting YES don't realize how disgustingly fat and slow talking she is now. Yes, I appreciate her past music but with her financial problems and total loss of respect for herself – to be judging others – no way!
  • JOMO 30stmFa... 2012/07/16 21:00:32
    Frankly 30stmFa... I was / am expecting a lot of negative blow back as a result of my opinion about the queen of soul of her day... But negative blow back will never keep me from expressing my opinion....

    I agree totally with your assessment of Ms.Franklin..., she is not is not worthy of judging other aspiring artist....JOMO
  • C. C. Rider 2012/07/16 15:04:33 (edited)
    C. C. Rider
    She would be great!! And she would be able to deliver bad news with some love to those with NO talent.
  • jacktown kid 2012/07/16 15:03:31
    jacktown kid
    Yes she would do
  • Aurora 2012/07/16 14:58:34
    They would not be able to find a chair big enough for her to sit in. Plus American idol is well past it's cancellation date.
  • tobe 2012/07/16 14:30:26
    so would harry connick jr.
  • Irish48 2012/07/16 14:28:33
    american classic- not many left- i will never forget her in the blues brothers- what a singer and truly comes across as a nice person. If she can't recognize talent no one can.
  • jackolantyrn356 2012/07/16 14:19:58
  • Aksana 2012/07/16 13:45:26
  • mwg0735 2012/07/16 13:34:54
  • Irish48 mwg0735 2012/07/16 14:30:56
    all the jobs have been sent overseas by Romney, no luck !
  • Aurora Irish48 2012/07/16 14:59:43
    Don't forget Clinton's nafta and obama's GE stint. All the praise should not go to one guy right.
  • mwg0735 Irish48 2012/07/16 16:23:50
  • Irish48 mwg0735 2012/07/17 13:51:06
    is every person that disagrees with you a LIB. I am a independent and voted on both sides of the isle until the tea baggers showed up. Ultra right wing is just as nuts as the far left, both are not mainstream. You seem to assume allot on your part- why not ask first and then make a statement. Obama for a fact, check the record is more in line with centrists not the far left- at first every dem thought he would go far left and his record shows the opposite. You paint him with a broad brush and there is no middle ground for your train of thought. You seem to have allot of hate- and a bad haircut to boot. I know-- i am a Lib- socialist- etc. you got all the talking pt's down from Fox News
  • mwg0735 Irish48 2012/07/17 16:19:11
  • Irish48 mwg0735 2012/07/24 15:21:25
    I know we are talking about American Idol but YOU are the one who mention lib's first not me. Lib's refers to politics the last time i checked so you opened a new door. This proves you do not have any common sense or rational thought process. Every other word no matter what the subject with you is lib this lib that in all your remarks so how am i suppose to take you- basically i think you are a major bigot and that is coming from a white person.
  • mwg0735 Irish48 2012/07/24 16:29:35
  • mwg0735 Irish48 2012/07/24 16:32:05
  • harley oldman 2012/07/16 13:34:19
    harley oldman
    YES...Talent wise. NO......Disposition wise.
    (Upside: She could always eat the worst contestants.)
  • wtw 2012/07/16 13:23:08
  • JeanLouiseCollins 2012/07/16 13:19:11
    What a stupendous,fantastic idea!! She knows !!
  • Kigan 2012/07/16 12:57:01
    A seasoned pro would make an interesting change. She might actually deliver honest critiques and tell the producers or Nigel or whoever to shove it (in a more classy way) when they try to tell her to push someone, such as Jennifer Sanchez of last season.
  • MikeWon 2012/07/16 12:52:56
  • mm61675 MikeWon 2012/07/16 16:23:37
  • 4gotten Israelite 2012/07/16 12:41:21
    4gotten Israelite
    Yes Mrs. Franklin who bring a very special style of judging to the idol table. She has close to 50 yrs. worth of experience. She knows what it takes to be a star. I just might watch the show if Aretha becomes a judge
  • Grandpa 2012/07/16 12:38:36
    Great lady and would be a great asset to the show

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