Aretha Franklin: 'I'd love to be a mentor on 'American Idol''

Soul legend says she wants to appear with fellow songstress Patti LaBelle

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Aretha Franklin has revealed she's keen to become a mentor on American Idol.

In an interview with the Las Vegas Sun the soul legend said: "I still haven't been on American Idol… I'd love to be a mentor."

The 18-time Grammy Award winning artist also told CNN that she is interested in joining the American Idol panel and that she would like to have fellow soul singer Patti LaBelle with her on the show.

The news comes just a few days after it was announced Steve Tyler and Jennifer Lopez, two of the current judging panel , would not be returning next series.

Franklin has tried previously to appear on the show but a fear of flying has prevented her: "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," she said.

The singer released her last album in 2010 after a seven-year break due to health problems. However, she says that now she is "healthy, wise and still working".

Franklin is due to be inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame later this year, joining previous inductees Dolly Parton and Elvis Presley.

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