May 31, 2010 11:00 AM by Nancy Floyd
Simon Cowell‘s tenure as a judge onÂ American Idol is officially over. The Brit’s last show was this season’s finale, leaving a vacant spot on the Idol judging panel. One rocker–and reality TV vet–is vying for the position:Â Celebrity Apprentice winner and former Poison frontman, Bret Michaels. Keep reading for more details on why Michaels thinks he’d be a good replacement and what Cowell thinks about the possibility…
Over the past few months, there has been a lot of speculation about who should replaceÂ Simon Cowell as a judge onÂ American Idol. Howard Stern? Perez Hilton? Jamie Foxx? Harry Connick, Jr.? It seems that everyone has been considered at one point or another, but a new rocker would like to place himself in the running:Â Celebrity Apprentice winner and former Poison frontman, Bret Michaels.
â€œI donâ€™t know if itâ€™s true, but I could possibly be a judge onÂ American Idol,â€ Michaels said at a recent concert. The speculation came after the season finale whenÂ Simon Cowell reportedly suggested that the rocker be his replacement.Â â€œI was honored that Simon said that,â€ Michaels told PEOPLE, â€œand I would be honored to do it.â€
Not only does Michaels haveÂ Simon Cowell‘s stamp of approval, he also has the experience necessary to succeed in the role.Â â€œIâ€™m talking old-school, paying-my-dues experience,â€ he says. â€œI used to move the pool table out of the way to play for people six nights a week, playing five sets a night, where I had to announce the dinner special. I grew up the old-fashioned way. I would have done anything to have a platform likeÂ American Idol when I was growing up.Â For a lot of these young musicians, Iâ€™d be able to give them incredibly awesome and very, very real advice. Not just the music, but their attitude and what itâ€™s gonna take. Because everyone forgets one simple thing: Once you get chosen as the winner, you still have a big road ahead.â€
Michaels also claims that he wouldn’t shy away from being brutally honest with the contestants onÂ American Idol, just likeÂ Â Simon Cowell.Â â€œI would bring my heart and my soul and amazingly honest and truthful advice,â€ he says. â€œAnd I would tell them if I thought their chances of making it were really slim â€” and how to fix that. Because my chances of making it were extremely slim. Itâ€™s come from brute determination.â€
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