Aretha Frankin — I Want to Be the Next ‘American Idol’ Judge!

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Dry your tears, “Idol” fans — Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez are out, but something even better might be in store for you … Aretha Franklin is officially putting her hat in the ring to be the next judge. 

The Queen of Soul herself sent out an email Saturday saying, “Yes, I am interested as a judge,” when asked about a future role in the singing competition.

The 18-time Grammy winner would come as a replacement judge for the next season after both Tyler and Lopez bowed out last week.

Neither Fox, nor Freemantle Media — the honchos behind “Idol” — have commented on the legendary singer”s interest … yet.

If Aretha does become a judge, all we can say is … R-E-S-P-E-C-T.