Is Bret Michaels Closer to Being An 'American Idol' Judge?
Even before Simon Cowell could really leave American Idol, we've seen quite a lot of names floating around as possible replacements. Right now, it seems we're all settling for one of those names: Bret Michaels.

In an interview with Parade magazine, the Poison frontman (and reality star) admits that he's meeting Idol producers in Los Angeles in a couple of weeks. "I don't know [if I'll be replacing Simon]," he said. "We have a meeting in L.A. in a couple weeks and we're going to sit down and talk. They did a poll and I think it was Madonna, P. Diddy, Howard Stern and myself, and I took 50% or 60% of the vote and that's tremendous."

"I'm not built exactly like Simon Cowell, but, at the same time, I respect what he did," he added. "But I would have to bring my own personality. I think if they have someone in there to try to imitate Simon, it would be a mistake; he's an original. Bring Bret Michaels in to be original to who and what I am. Bring someone who can bring a little grit, true grit back to the show."

Michaels' trip to the front of the Simon-Cowell-replacement pack has been pretty interesting: he returned to public awareness after he suffered a brain hemorrhage, just as the recent season of The Celebrity Apprentice -- which he participated in, and later won -- began airing. Throw in a performance at the Idol finale, and his experience in the music industry (as rock star and judge for Nashville Star) and you have quite a good-sounding replacement.

But are things flying too fast? Are we all presuming that Bret's going to replace Simon? And again, would he make a good replacement?

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