Aretha Franklin is throwing her hat — one with a ginormous bow, we presume — into the ring by declaring her interest in joining American Idol. Following the departures of Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez, the Queen of Soul told CNN in an e-mail Saturday that she wants one of their seats at the judges table. She says she’s long been a fan of the show and she’d like to bring along Patti LaBelle as her sidekick. I don’t know about Patti, but I would love to see Aretha at the judge’s table. How about you?