The Queen of Soul, powerhouse, Aretha Franklin has been making it known that she not only wants one of the judge’s seats on American Idol for the show’s 12th season but, she also wants to bring friend, Patti LaBelle to sit beside her at the table.
Aretha may be showing that she doesn’t want to be any part of a “Chain of Fools”. This woman knows that she’s done it all and while still touring this summer, she’s been eyeing being a judge on American Idol for 2013. We won’t let that fool us though because she’s also stated, in the same breath and sentence, that she would also love to be a judge on “The Voice”.
At 70 years old, when asked by Robin Leach what brought her so far in her career and what would she like to do next, Franklin responded, “I still haven’t been on “American Idol” or “The Voice,” though. I’d love to be a mentor. It seems that each time I come to the West Coast, they’re just going on vacation, so we can never get to do anything together. I come West at a certain time of year, and when I like to come is when they’re going. That’s happened at least two or three times now. I watched Gladys Knight on “Dancing With the Stars.” I can dance, I can definitely dance, but I don’t think I’d really care to take that one on. But yes on “American Idol.”
So, there we have it. Another potential 2013 AI judge if FOX network wants her.
However, sources have said that the deal is nearing being made for Mariah Carey to be one of the judges.
Hang onto your seats here because the guessing doesn’t stop here.
Apparently, this saga becomes even more bizarre as Charlie Sheen of the I’m Insane and Going To Make Sure You Know It fame, is on the prowl for a seat on the panel now too.
Don’t rub your eyes or shake your head, you’ve read that right. Charlie Sheen, who has been un-predictable and shown he’s not far from being put in a padded cell at times, has stated outright that he wants to be a judge on American Idol next. He’s made no secret and been quite public that he wants to replace Steven Tyler on the 2013 season.
Can you picture the comments coming out of Sheen’s mouth? Talk about having to run the show on “delay” so that they have time to bleep out cussing or obscenities on live shows, they may have to either tape the show or, duct tape Sheen’s mouth and tie him to a chair.
Sheen made his “devotion” to American Idol and a judging clear when he said, “If the numbers move the needle AND ‘Idol’ matches 20 per cent of my weekly salary for Autism Speaks, JDRF, and the Boys and Girls Club … then the hell with it. As we say, pour the smoke”
Maybe, Sheen needs a career revival or just another platform to prove he really is heading for a looney-bin sometime soon. My question would have to be, “what the hell does SHEEN know about music?”
With his current show, “Anger Management” hitting the skids and, quitting Twitter with no explanation to his 8 million fans, looks like Sheen is hurting for money and a public forum on which to air his rants. Without a job and Twitter to vent on, it’s likely he’d settle for the going rate of $12 million for a season on AI rather than hit the unemployed actors lines again and, be able to act like a lunatic in front of at least 21 million viewers, live. I can see the appeal it would have for him. Captain Bonkers would have a field day in keeping censors busy. Question is, would there be much of a show left after the bleeps and cuts to commercials while they tranquilized him?
Meanwhile, Randy Jackson has been seen out and having dinner, with former fellow AI judge, Simon Cowell now the master-mind behind the hit new show X Factor.
While it could simply be two old friends catching up and having some buddy time, Cowell has fired friend and also former Idol judge, Paula Abdul as well as Nicole Scherzinger from their seats on his new show, X Factor and is looking for replacement judges to take their places. That has raised speculation that Cowell and Jackson could be working something out between them. However, Cowell had a 4 panel judges table and has already beat AI to the punch in hiring Demi Lovato and Britney Spears to fill those spots, leaving it more likely that Jackson and Cowell were simply out for some fun as friends. Perhaps, Jackson was gleening advice from Cowell on what to do with his seat and how to leave a winner.
Jackson’s seat has yet to be declared filled by Jackson or FOX thus far so, anything is possible in this swiftly moving saga.
In hearing the news that Charlie Sheen wants a seat on AI, I’m now thinking that perhaps, Ozzie Osbourne might still make a better judge between the two. At least if Osbourne were to screw up, we wouldn’t know the difference.
Censorship would most definitely be needed for Sheen but, for Ozzie, they’d need compulsory closed captioning. On second thought, maybe not. Even if we could understand his words, could we understand what he means?