New ‘Idol’ Candidate Surfaces as Aretha Franklin Says She’d Do It

by Reuters | July 15, 2012 at 8:58 AM | American Idol, TV News

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) — “Queen of Soul” Aretha Franklin said Saturday she’s interested in joining “American Idol” as a judge, just days after Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler declared they have ended their judging roles on the Fox show.

The departures of Lopez and Tyler create a major void in the three-judge panel on “Idol,” which has seen its ratings slump in recent years...