Bret Michaels Returns to the Stage, Teases American Idol Judging Gig

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Just five weeks after suffering a brain hemorrhage, Bret Michaels returned to the stage last night in Biloxi, Mississippi.

Incredibly, this event itself was NOT the most surprising development of the evening! But, first, a quick recap of the concert:

Limping slighty, Bret told the 1,400-person crowd at the Hard Rock Casino:  "I've got a little bitty hitch in my left giddy up, but I think we'll be all right. It's an awesome feeling. I'm glad to be here."

He then played a set that included former Poison hits such as "Talk Dirty to Me, "Unskinny Bop" and "Every Rose Has Its Thorn," the same single he sang with Casey James on the American Idol finale.

The New Simon?!?

For Bret Michaels: First, Celebrity Apprentice. Next, American Idol?!?

Prior to one song, he shocked the crowd and announced: "I can't say this is true yet, cause I don't know. Next year they asked me to possibly be the judge on American Idol."

A source close to Michael confirmed Bret is "in the running to replace Simon," while an audience member said "I figured he'd be wobbly and sitting on a stool. But he was energetic, running around the stage with his guitar."

So if the singer really is on his way to recovery, that begs the question: Would he be a good replacement for Simon Cowell?

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You're kidding right? This is the same guy who has taken advantage of teenage girls since the 80's in backstages at every venue around the country, and now you are going to make him a judge on American Idol where he has his pick of young women..hmmm....really? Wow! Simon he will never be! I am sorry for his latest "unfortunate health events"; however, has anyone stopped to think that his lifestyle and the choices he has made have created the problems he has? His "reality shows" don't portray him very realistically, try reading the book "A Shot of Poison," you might get a better view of who this man really is, I for one don't think I would want this man around my young impressionable kids!

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