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Bret Michaels Would “Love” to Be ‘American Idol’ Judge

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By Daniel Gates


Bret Michaels is feeling better and looking forward to a future that might include “American Idol.”

“We have a meeting in L.A. in a couple weeks and we’re going to sit down and talk,” the recovering rocker tells Parade magazine. “I would love to be a judge on American Idol,” he adds, “I think I would bring a lot to the table.”

Rather than imitating Simon Cowell, Michaels believes an eventual replacement should have his own identity. “Bring Bret Michaels in to be original to who and what I am,” he contends. “Bring someone who can bring a little grit, true grit back to the show.”

Last month, Michaels won this season of “Celebrity Apprentice” after a series of health problems, including a near-fatal brain hemorrhage.

“I’m feeling pretty good,” says Michaels. “Each day I feel a bit better… I’ve learned a lot of it is mind over matter. Once I knew that I had a chance to survive the brain hemorrhage, I was taking life and grabbing it for everything I could.”

A new VH1 reality series, “Life As I Know It,” will follow Michaels in a more grounded (and family-oriented) manner than his previous hit show, “Rock of Love.”

Michaels is touring once again and has a solo album, Custom Built, debuting on July 6.


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