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Bret Michaels campaigning to be judge on ‘Idol’; Constantine Maroulis a daddy?

bret-michaels-814We’ve known for weeks that Poison frontman Bret Michaels has shown interest in judging on “Idol.” In Parade magazine, he said he’s going to be meeting with “Idol” execs soon to talk about it. He really really wants it.

Sure, he has had his fair share of medical problems recently, including a brain hemorrhage he miraculously survived this spring. He still suffers short-term memory loss and fatigue but remains on the road touring.

But the man’s image has greatly improved given his spunky victory on NBC’s Donald Trump vehicle “Celebrity Apprentice” (as opposed to the boozy idiocy of VH1’s “Rock of Love”).

Though many of us here agree that a fourth judge is unnecessary, “Idol” may end up picking one anyway.

Good points about Bret: He is extremely likable, especially the Bret Michaels we saw on “Celebrity Apprentice.” He works hard. He’s smart. He is witty and quotable. He could be fun on the judge’s table.

Potential bad points about Bret: He is not the picture of health. He helms a really cheesy ’80s metal band. He wears that annoying bandanna. As a fellow musician, he may be a bit too soft on the contestants and we have enough softness from Randy and Ellen.

-And a New York Post report thinks Constantine Maroulis may be the daddy of a fellow Broadway star’s baby. Her name: Angel Reed.

56 comments Add your comment

JTesla

June 30th, 2010
4:05 pm

No… just no. If you have to beg you are not worthy.

Sam

June 30th, 2010
4:07 pm

I always assumed Bret M was trash due mainly to that show (never saw it , but those bimbos they showed in the promos were disgusting). However, I really liked him on Celebrity Apprentice. And he really was a smart, hardworking competitor. I still vote for Harry Jr.!

RK

June 30th, 2010
4:19 pm

Larry King should be the new judge.

JTesla

June 30th, 2010
4:33 pm

RK, the cost to Idol of shipping around soil from Larry’s homeland would make it financially prohibitive for Idol. Plus, when he is in direct sunlight he looks like he is covered in glitter, that might clash with Randy’s bling on some of those photo shoots.

kelly&carriefan

June 30th, 2010
4:49 pm

LOL, JT! Too funny.

I don’t dislike Bret, but I think Harry would be a better choice.

So, possible scoop/update on Lilith, seems Kelly might have pulled out of Lilith completely. Tho, there’s been no official announcement yet.

PS. I’ll try to check in with y’all, but I’m off on to Nashville tomorrow morning for a few days. Y’all say a “good luck” prayer for me if you feel so inclined. Fingers crossed, I might have some exciting personal news… :mrgreen:

Rickster

June 30th, 2010
4:51 pm

So… we replace a long-haired judge with cognitive problems with a short-haired comedienne and then replace the best judge we had with a long-haired judge with cognitive problems?

I guess that makes sense if you’re an Idol big-wig.

JTesla

June 30th, 2010
5:03 pm

K&Cfan, have a good time, and good luck!

Highlander

June 30th, 2010
5:34 pm

I think Bret would be okay as long as he stays honest about his critiques and doesn’t coddle the singers (ala Ellen and, to some extent, Randy). We really need that “welcome to reality”-aspect that Simon embodied.

But like many others, my first choice would still be Harry Connick, Jr. Just don’t know if he’s really interested in it.

Highlander

June 30th, 2010
5:36 pm

Best of luck, K&CF!

JT, to me, Larry King looks more like a vamp who has already been staked!

Mike S

June 30th, 2010
5:48 pm

There is truly only one candidate for the 4th judge position – OZZIE OSBOURNE!!!!!! All the acidity of Simon, all the incoherence of Paula. It’s a win win!

Chef Mentuer

June 30th, 2010
5:55 pm

He wears that annoying bandanna! Ya and you where that stupid hat!!

Chef Mentuer

June 30th, 2010
5:57 pm

4th judge: Maryln Manson

Living the Dream

June 30th, 2010
6:29 pm

Get rid of Ellen please

Seriously a comedian giving advice to a singer is laughable and thats why when she came on after the tryouts I turned the channel

Put Sting, Paul McCartney someone that isnt tone deaf or Elton John on there, he is like Simon has made derogitory comments about Madonna and Britney Spears lip singing at their concerts

Baltisraul

June 30th, 2010
6:32 pm

How about Booby Vee. Or KC of the Sunshine Band. Show is going into the dumpster!

just....

June 30th, 2010
6:34 pm

Please dump the dike!

Celeb Watchers

June 30th, 2010
6:36 pm

YES! Paul McCartney as an Idol judge!!! But if that’s impossible, Bret Michaels.

Living the Dream

June 30th, 2010
6:42 pm

Just wanted to say I would be fine with Michaels as well.

I just cannot see why you would put a comedian on there, I mean just put Chris Rock or Robin Willams on there too why dont you.

Heck put a California Senator on there or a baseball player, maybe Barry Bonds, I mean they are just a knowledgable as her in music

Come to Atlanta Lebron

June 30th, 2010
6:45 pm

Yes RODNEY HO

write a column as to why Idol needs someone else than Ellen

kelly baylo

June 30th, 2010
8:35 pm

bret how you job
kelly

COCOPOP

June 30th, 2010
8:58 pm

Al Sharpton would make a great judge. Think about it for 20 mins.

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Harm

June 30th, 2010
9:38 pm

Been busy!!!

Good luck K&Cfan!!!

Traci

June 30th, 2010
9:48 pm

LOVE BRETT – he beat out Holly Robinson Peete – he must have something going for him.
The show was taped before he got sick so – we got to see the real Brett.

It’s either him, Whitney Houston or Patti Labelle

Annmarie

June 30th, 2010
10:51 pm

I think bret would be a great judge on Idol. You people need to stop being haters and give the man a chance. He has made an incredible come back, let him shine. Who better to judge Idol than a singer who has been in the industry for a while. Bret Michaels you are a tough, hard working, incredible human being and I am so on your side.

kelly baylo

June 30th, 2010
11:24 pm

love la bret

kelly baylo

June 30th, 2010
11:26 pm

bret la love be n o rod
kelly

kelly baylo

June 30th, 2010
11:26 pm

bret la love be n o rod
kelly

kelly baylo

July 1st, 2010
12:06 am

bret happy 4 july
kelly

Honu

July 1st, 2010
12:24 am

Yay!!! Go Bret :-) And if not him, then Adam. . .

And if neither of them, then o-damn-k – HCJr. (I love Harry – but I love Bret more; hair, bandanna and all. Just ignore that “Rock o’ Love” lapse!!!)

Nutmeg Rex

July 1st, 2010
5:10 am

I wouldn’t at ALL mind Bret Michaels as a replacement for Randy Jackson, but he seems like a genuinely nice guy. That won’t do as a Cowell replacement. They need someone acerbic. I think we need Anne Robinson (formerly of The Weakest Link)… Elton John could serve the role but won’t. They need someone who is going to say to the contestants that they gave a terrible, terrible performance. Piers Morgan does a decent job with the role on AGT.

HCJr. would be a better replacement for Ricky Minor than Simon Cowell in my less-than-humble opinion. Like Bret, I worry that he does not have the ability to be straight-talking when the truth sounds mean.

Celeb Watchers

July 1st, 2010
7:57 am

Bret Michaels! The guy totally won me over on Apprentice. He’s a fresh face, a great talent, and he’d be a valuable asset for the show. Write your congressman!

Deirdre

July 1st, 2010
8:01 am

Morning!

I agree with Nutmeg up to a point. But I think trying to replace Simon Cowell with a Simon Cowell clone is a huge mistake. We need someone who can say “that was awful” in a whole different way. I think we saw hints of that from HC Jr, which is why he would make a great choice. He has a wit about him that can make even the harshest criticism(while truthful) easier to take.

Different than Simon, honest, and with a strong background in the music industry. Who knows, maybe he can even make Ellen relax enough to give a decent critique.

Mercedes S.

July 1st, 2010
8:09 am

Good Morning and Happy July!

It hasn’t opened in the Atlanta market yet, but “The Last Airbender” is easily the worst movie I’ve seen this year. (And that includes “The Human Centipede”!) The NYT stomped that sucker flat, as Lewis Grizzard would have put it.

Mercedes S.

July 1st, 2010
8:10 am

Agree with Deirdre that AI, if it insists on a fourth Idol, needs a judge who is Simon “in a different way”.

Deirdre

July 1st, 2010
8:12 am

That being said, I don’t know Bret Michaels well enough to make any kind of a judgment call on his selection. He may be great. However, I worry about his health.

Mike $

July 1st, 2010
8:15 am

Thanks for the heads up Mercedes. I figured that was the case when all the trailers were nothing but special effects.

We went and saw Shrek Forever After this past weekend. I was really impressed, it was much better than I thought it would be. Much closer to the first 2 movies than to the third one which felt “mailed-in” to me.

Mike $

July 1st, 2010
8:16 am

I am still holding out for OZZY!!!!!!!

Imagine the awesome critiques: “yeah, that was mumble mumble mumble mumble barf bag mumble mumble mumble cheerios mumble mumble Ellen’s an idiot mumble mumble Rock on mumble mumble SUCKS!”

Deirdre

July 1st, 2010
8:32 am

Hey Mike! How’s the writing going?

Mike $

July 1st, 2010
8:37 am

Very slowly at the moment. Work, School and family have taken top billing for now. Traveling a lot for work, closing in on my degree, and my mom has been in and out of the hospital (this round of Chemo is really taking a toll).

Rickster

July 1st, 2010
8:39 am

I volunteer to replace Simon (heck, if I can’t get the Larry King gig, why not?)

All the honesty of Simon (sans the British accent) without any of the useless Randyisms! :-)

Mike $

July 1st, 2010
8:40 am

BTW, don’t let anyone fool you into thinking school gets easier when you get older. LOL. I am getting all A’s and B’s but it is taking everything I can muster to do it. UGH.

But the light is at the end of the tunnel!!! After fall sememster I will need only 4 classes to finish my degree (3 majors and 1 science)

Deirdre

July 1st, 2010
8:55 am

Congrats on the upcoming degree, Mike! And sorry to hear about your mom’s chemo. I hope everything goes well for her.

While we’re updating, Maggie had her first surgery(and last surgery, I hope) yesterday. I’ll be bringing her home this afternoon and she’ll be wearing a splint on her front leg for 8 weeks. Ugh!

Deirdre

July 1st, 2010
8:56 am

There goes the family vacation money! :-(

Woodpappy

July 1st, 2010
9:17 am

Deirdre I have a bunch of animals on my little farm, and if it weren’t for them, I’d be rich !

Rickster

July 1st, 2010
9:20 am

Meercedes…. thanks for the Lewis Grizzard flashback!

Deirdre

July 1st, 2010
9:36 am

Last night on AGT….LOVED Luigi!!!!!!!

Harriett

July 1st, 2010
9:39 am

I just sent a post that never made it. Rats! Guess I took too long. Hey, everyone. I am back from five days in the NC mts. So relaxing.

Mike, sorry about your mom’s chemo, and D, glad Maggie is on the mend.

Deirdre

July 1st, 2010
9:49 am

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HxmGU4iKaLk

Luigi starts singing at about the 1:23 mark.

Deirdre

July 1st, 2010
9:52 am

Welcome back, Harriett!

Rodney Ho

July 1st, 2010
9:53 am

New blog entry for those Archie fans out there.

Mike $

July 1st, 2010
9:58 am

We forgot to tape AGT last night :-( Thanks for the update. LUigi was awesome.

Sam

July 1st, 2010
10:04 am

Mercedes S- Do you know anything about a movie with Rachel McAdams, Harrison Ford, Diane Keaton and a bunch more stars, maybe “Morning Star” or some ethereal name. Saw the previews and it looks really cool – Harrison is apparently a washed up news anchor who gets a new gig and is not happy about it.

Dierbdre – hope Maggie does well and this is last surgery for her. Hope you can keep her still so she doesn’t mess up the surgery.

I’m headed to Highlands, NC for the holiday, and it appears temps are betw 10-15°less than here, with evenings in mid-50’s – YEAH! Taking the new Baby – hope she loves it (and all those special smells) as much as the Baby I lost this year did.

Happy, safe 4th to everyone.

PS: is it just me or were there some pretty incoherent posts overnight?

kelly baylo

July 2nd, 2010
1:30 am

bret how aer you
rock my word

vanessajean1345

July 5th, 2010
7:47 am

I think that Bret would be a great judge. With as much as he’s been through in is life time,(as a star of many diverse positions, no puns intended LOL) and health situations lately, I would think that he would have a great sence of judgement and honesty. I also believe that he would add a fresh personality to the show. I would prefer a judge that has been in most of the siruations as him simply becouse he’d be more apt to be honest due to life experiences and he’s been in the life of judement 24/7 wich makes him a knowledgable asset as a judge. He deserves this chance, I know he’d be great. God Bless:)

kelly baylo

July 7th, 2010
12:36 am

jean

July 13th, 2010
12:00 pm

OH I HOPE SO. I LOVE BRET SO MUCH,HAVE ONLY GOT TO KNOW ABOUT HIM IN THE PAST 3 MONTHS AND THINK HES GREAT.SAW HIM WITH MYLIA CYRUS AND THEY DID A GREAT JOB. THINK HES PERFECT FOR IDOL.LOVE THAT SONS EVER THORN HAS A ROSE.
GOD BLESS YOU BRET .GET WELL SOON. TAKE VERY GOOD CARE OF YOUR SELF