Aretha Franklin defends her ‘Idol’ worthiness

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    Some have argued that Aretha Franklin doesn’t attract the youthful audience “American Idol” producers want tuned in to the show, but she disagrees.

    “My audience and fans span the age of 8 to 90! And are multi-ethnic, and I am very well known to young adults, tweens and teens,” she expressed in a letter to CNN. “Their parents play my music and I take care of my business whenever I sign on the dotted line!”

    Aretha’s second letter to CNN in as many weeks comes in response to Kathie Lee Gifford, who questioned the Queen of Soul’s ability to draw TV’s coveted young-adult demographic to “Idol” if she were selected as a judge.

    “If they are looking for a younger demographic, there are a lot of kids out there [who] actually don’t know who Aretha Franklin is. It’s sad, but they don’t,” Kathy said on the “Today” show.

    Last week, Aretha sent an email expressing her interest in joining the cast of the hit show. Last season’s judges, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler, announced their departure from the series last week.

    Despite Kathie’s discouragement, Aretha still maintains she’d be a great addition to the show.

    “I’m surprised Kathie Lee did not research my worldwide celebrity audience! She’s usually right on top of things with a great sense of humor, but she’s totally wrong this time,” said Aretha, who ended her correspondence on a high note.

    “Let’s kick it up a few notches and have a slammin’, jammin’ season.”

    —Tracy L. Scott

     

    Who do you agree with? Does Aretha have a young enough fan base for "Idol" or not? Leave your comments below.

     

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