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Aretha Franklin: I'll Judge 'American Idol'

With everyone from Mariah Carey to Adam Lambert being served up as potential season 12 judges, the Queen of Soul throws her hat in the ring.

Aretha Franklin Headshot - P 2012

Could the American Idol judges' table be getting a big dose of R-E-S-P-E-C-T? If Aretha Franklin has her way, it will.

The Queen of Soul emailed CNN over the weekend and volunteered her judging services to the FOX show with one caveat -- she wants Patti LaBelle at her side.

VIDEO: Aretha Franklin Pays Tribute to Whitney Houston at Radio City Music Hall (Video) 

The 18-time Grammy winner said she's a longtime fan of the show. And considering one of her signature songs -- "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" -- is an Idol favorite going back to season one when Kelly Clarkson performed the classic and knocked it out of the park -- it certainly seems that Franklin’s expertise could be beneficial to future contestants.

What do you think Idol Worshippers? Would Franklin and LaBelle be a good team alongside Randy Jackson -- or someone else?

And watch a clip of Clarkson performing "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" below: