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Monday 28 July 2014

Aretha Franklin: I should be TV judge

Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin "would love to be a judge" on a talent show like The X Factor.

The musical legend has been impressed by some of the contestants when she tunes into popular singing competitions on TV.

However, she was dismayed that she hasn't been offered a seat on the panel of any of the programmes.

Aretha was surprised that iconic stars such as herself and other greats aren't being considered as judges.

"I would love to be a judge on one of those shows," she told the Chicago Sun-Times. "I don't understand why singers like myself, Gladys [Knight], Natalie [Cole] and Patti [LaBelle] can't be judges. We never get a call. I don't understand it. I watch those shows from time to time. Some of the talent is very good. Some of it is fun. And some of it is really wild."

With a career spanning over half a century and a repertoire including jazz, blues, gospel, R&B, pop, rock and funk, Aretha would be more than qualified as a mentor.

Considered as one of the greatest musicians of all time and dubbed The Queen of Soul, the 70-year-old has inspired and brought happiness to many with her incredible talent.

Despite her advanced age, Aretha is still performing and is currently preparing for a concert in Chicago on June 30.

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