Posted by | Cyrena Rose

By now most people know judges Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler have officially stepped down from American Idol after 2 seasons.  Lopez called in to Ryan Seacrest’s radio station and Tyler made his announcement via a press statement.

Now, TheGrio is reporting Aretha Franklin emailed CNN volunteering to be the judge on the upcomimg season of Idol, with one stipulation – she wants Patti LaBelle by her side.

The songstress said she’s a longtime fan of the show, and over the past 11 seasons has watched countless contestants perform her songs, including season 1 winner, Kelly Clarkson and her rendition of (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman.

Since producers are scrambling to find a ‘big named’ replacement, will they consider Franklin and LaBelle?  Or are they looking towards artists like:  Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige or even Nicki Minaj?  Those names have been mentioned!  Until an official announcement is made, we’ll just have to wait or continue guessing who will replace Lopez and Tyler.

What are your thoughts?