Aretha, Watch Your Back: 10 Stars Who Would Make Great Judges On “American Idol”

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Now that Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler have chucked the deuces to “American Idol,” the conversation has been over who will be the new judges following their exits. Randy Jackson is even rumored to be ready to back away from his current position, so that leaves a lot of space for popular new-school and old-school talents to step in. Aretha Franklin has already put her name into consideration to sit in one of the judge’s chairs, but who else would be great? Here are 10 other talents to help bring the show back to its former glory. Or at the very least, keep it interesting.

RiRi will never be the vocalist of our time, but she has that “X Factor” that connects her to fans. In an era where image is more valued than substance, Rihanna can give a few pointers on how to be a media darling and keep the public interested. In 2005, the ink was overflowing with premature obits that her career wouldn’t sustain because she didn’t have the talent to back up her hype. It’s 2012 and Rihanna is still at the top of the charts and Forbes just listed her as the 3rd highest grossing celebrity under 30 with a haul of $53 million while stronger singers are in search of relevance and commercial success. Love or hate her, Rihanna’s built a brand for herself and it’s not as if she’s just gonna sit there with a smirk on her face. If her Twitter feed is any indication, she can talk that talk.

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