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Last week, Celebrity Apprentice winner Bret Michaels performed on the American Idol finale (regardless of his family and doctors' wishes), saying "I needed to do this tonight." Now we understand why: rock star Michaels, 47, is apparently gunning for a spot at the judge's table.
"I can't say this is true yet, 'cause I don't know," Michaels told a Biloxi, Miss., audience on Friday, adding, "Next year they asked me to possibly be the judge on American Idol." He followed the announcement by launching into his hit single, Poison's "Every Rose Has Its Thorn."
Could the tattooed rocker really be replacing Simon Cowell? Three years ago, when Michaels launched his VH1 dating-and-debauchery series Rock of Love, we would've said "no way." That show portrayed Michaels as a hard-partying groupie magnet -- not exactly a respectable voice of authority for middle America. But this year, after the singer won Celebrity Apprentice (without playing dirty!) and miraculously recovered from a near-fatal brain hemorrhage and subsequent stroke, TV viewers started to see him in a new light. Michaels' next VH1 reality series, Life As I Know It, will further soften his image by showing his life at home with his daughters.
So it definitely seems possible that Idol producers would want to hire the new, family-friendly Bret Michaels, who beamed like he was part of the Idol family when he sang and strummed with Casey James during last week's star-studded AI broadcast. We just hope he has better taste in singers than he does in TV girlfriends!
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