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.