With all of the names bouncing around as replacement judges for Season 12 of American Idol, why not throw Aretha Franklin into the mix?

According to the New York Daily News, the soul diva proclaimed in an email that she’d love to judge Idol … except that she’s afraid of flying.

A friend close to the singer said, “She would love that gig. It pays millions of dollars and she could stay put for a few months to do it.” Travelling from location to location for auditions, however, would be challenging for Aretha since she “still doesn’t fly.”

Maybe the showrunners could add bus travel to their “creative reinvigoration” plans for the Queen of Soul to come on-board.

Source: New York Daily News

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