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Dolly Parton Turned Down ‘American Idol,’ Might Consider ‘The Voice’

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Country music legend Dolly Parton has already conquered the worlds of film (remember ‘Steel Magnolias’ and her recent movie ‘Joyful Noise’ with Queen Latifah?), business (with her popular theme park Dollywood) and television (with several television movies including ‘A Smoky Mountain Christmas’ and a slew of guest appearances).

So will fans see this country legend on ‘American Idol,’ ‘The X Factor’ or ‘The Voice’?

Parton says it is possible, though she’s particular about which program she’d lend her name and time to. “I’ve been asked to do ‘American Idol’ and ‘X Factor’ almost every time they do a new series, but turned them down,” the singer-songwriter told the UK’s Daily Star.

One singing competition that this country music legend could see herself taking part in? NBC’s ‘The Voice.’

“It’s a wonderful show because you don’t have to judge that much and I hesitate to judge people,” says Parton. “Being successful means I can pick and choose the projects I like.”

Given that fellow country star and reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year Blake Shelton is a coach on the show and country stars Reba McEntire and Miranda Lambert have already served as mentors during previous seasons of ‘The Voice,’ it seems it would be a comfortable fit for Parton.

Next: See the Top 10 Dolly Parton Songs of All Time

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