Catherine Fuentes
October 14, 2010 AT 10:10 PM EDT

Image Credit: Jordan Strauss/WireImage.comIt was only a matter of time before the rumored American Idol season 10 judge contenders started sharing stories about being courted for the show. Bret Michaels recently told reporters that he made it to the list of top 5 contenders, which, given the laundry list of rumored judges we’ve been hearing about all summer, is quite an accomplishment.

The rocker told MTV, “I was disappointed. I’d love to have done it. I’m competitive, so it would have been great. On the other hand, to have J. Lo and Steve Tyler — one’s a pop icon and one’s a rock legend and both, along with Randy, are going to make such awesome TV … I can truly say I lost to a worthy opponent.”

In a way, I was rooting for Michaels to sit in Cowell’s vacated chair — after all, one of my favorite moments last season was the duet between Michaels and Casey James at the live finale. The rocker was going through a rough patch health-wise and still managed to command an audience that large (and yes, I was also a huge Casey James fan). That moment — and my familiarity with his diplomatic and victorious run on Celebrity Apprentice — convinced me he could be a popular choice for the Idol job. And, as we all know from the Rock of Love franchise, Michaels could handle a whole lot of crazy. More bikini girls, anyone? Sigh. At least I’ll still get my Bret Michaels television fix when his new reality show kicks off later this fall.

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