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NEW YORK (AP) -- Patti LaBelle thinks some people shouldn't be on "American

Idol" — and she's not talking about the contestants.

"Some of the judges, I don't think they're qualified to even judge," she said

in an interview Wednesday.

The veteran R&B diva wouldn't say which judge she thought was lacking on

the hit Fox show, which has Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson, Kara DioGuardi and

Ellen DeGeneres picking America's top singers. Tuesday's "Idol" episode saw 12

female semifinalists competing during "Hollywood Week."

LaBelle said she was asked to be a judge on the series before Paula Abdul; a

rep for the show had no comment on whether she was. LaBelle feels like the

judges' comments to the contestants are too mean.

"The comments that were made, they could make you like wanna kill yourself,"

the 65-year-old singer said.

LaBelle's advice to singing hopefuls: "If you believe in yourself, just go

for it. What do you have to lose? And when people tell you 'You can't,' you have

to say, 'I can.'"