By Michael Slezak
Updated June 29, 2010 at 08:47 PM EDT

Image Credit: Michael Becker/Fox; Michael Tran/FilmMagicBret Michaels really wants to inherit the Simon Cowell Memorial V-Neck. In a new interview with, the Poison frontman and reality show favorite followed up on comments he made last month about the possibility of joining the American Idol judges’ table: “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 percent or 60 percent of the vote and that’s tremendous. I would love to be a judge on American Idol. I think I would bring a lot to the table.”

Hrmm. First things first, reps for Fox, Idol, and FremantleMedia North America all declined to comment on Michaels’ comments. But before we interpret their silence as particularly meaningful, let’s keep a couple things in mind. I’m pretty certain the poll Michaels is referring to wasn’t an internal Idol survey, but rather a question posed to readers of (in which Michaels scored 50 percent of votes, with Stern the next closest at 19 percent). And while we’re referencing poll numbers, back in early June, a whopping 54.6 percent of readers said they’d prefer to see Michaels in the role of Hair Metal Week mentor than as a Simon Cowell replacement (36.6 percent). (The other 8.8 percent of you said he shouldn’t get involved with the show at all.)

Also worth noting, the “Idol judge” chatter surrounding Bret Michaels has mostly been started by…Bret Michaels himself, like when he said during a concert shortly after Idol‘s season 9 finale that he “could possibly be a judge” for the show’s tenth season in January 2011. I mean, I’m not gonna blame the guy for campaigning to get a gig on a show that regularly scores upwards of 20 million viewers, but I’m just saying that much as you’d do with your French fries, take Michaels’ remarks with more than a couple grains of salt.

And finally, look at the photo above: Do you really want your American Idol judging panel to look like that? Doesn’t that group need (or at least deserve) a stronger and, dare I say, bitchier anchor? The only way I could accept Bret Michaels on the Idol panel is if the producers used him to replace both Randy and Ellen, and then added a third credible voice to sit alongside him and Kara DioGuardi. What about you?

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