Bret Michaels on American Idol: Didn’t Even Tell His Doctors!

The second big surprise on American Idol last night was the shocking appearance of Bret Michaels on stage with absolutely no advance warning! (The first surprise being that Lee DeWyze beat Crystal Bowersox, of course.) Despite suffering a massive brain hemorrhage just weeks ago, Michaels rocked it out on American Idol with a performance of Poison’s “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” alongside Idol castoff Casey James.

Bret Michaels and Casey James on 'American Idol' (FOX)
Bret Michaels and Casey James on 'American Idol' (FOX)

Nothing seems to be able to keep Bret Michaels down. First he underwent an emergency appendectomy in April. Not long after, Michaels was rushed to the hospital with a massive brain hemorrhage that could have easily ended his life. Just last week while recovering from that, Michaels was struck with a “warning stroke” and learned he has a hole in his heart that will eventually need surgery.

Still, none of that kept Michaels from appearing on the live Celebrity Apprentice finale, which he won hands down. Nor did his medical issues keep him from making a surprise appearance on the American Idol finale last night. Bret Michaels didn’t even tell his doctors or his family he would be doing it!

 

“I didn’t tell [my doctors] I was going to do this,” Bret told MTV backstage after the finale. “But I feel great, I gotta be honest. There’s still a lot of pain I’m still experiencing… [But] I feel amazing.”

Michaels didn’t let his family in on the secret either. “I can’t believe my family let me out. I may not have told them either; I left a few things out,” he said. “But I needed this for my soul. Honestly. It was a great experience… I’ve spent the last month and a half in the hospital. I don’t ever want to see a hospital again.”

We loved seeing Michaels back on stage and rocking it – even if his performance was a bit subdued. But we really wish he would take it a bit easy until he is fully recovered because we don’t want him to ever see a hospital again either!

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Crystal Bowersox on Lee DeWyze as American Idol: We Both Win

Crystal Bowersox said she knew she wasn’t going to win long before Ryan Seacrest announced Lee DeWyze as the winner of American Idol 2010. For Bowersox, however, there really is no loser on American Idol this season.

Crystal Bowersox on 'American Idol' (FOX)
Crystal Bowersox on 'American Idol' (FOX)

“I knew Lee was going to win,” Crystal Bowersox said backstage during a press conference after the American Idol finale. “People seem surprised by that. But I had a feeling. I couldn’t be happier for him. He deserves every minute of this.”

Bowersox said she didn’t feel nervous going into the American Idol finale. “Before the show… I had this strange sense of peace and calm. I’ve been that way through the whole season,” Bowersox said. “If you haven’t noticed, I’m just mellow. I was ready and willing… for the outcome.”

As for losing out to Lee DeWyze, Bowersox doesn’t feel bad about it. “We both win. It’s not win or lose; it’s winner and non-winner,” Bowersox said. “Both of us are going to have very successful careers, and we’re going to be friends for a long time.”

Even though she came in second on American Idol, Crystal Bowersox feels she has learned many valuable things from the journey of being on the show. “I can walk in heels — downstairs, nonetheless,” Bowersox joked. “I’ve learned a lot about myself and I’ve learned a lot about the business… My life is never going to be the same, and I’m ready for all of it.”

Next up for Bowersox? Going home to “hug my baby boy and get back to living.” She’ll also be heading out soon on the American Idol Live Tour and starting work on her album.

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Lee DeWyze Wins American Idol 2010: Voters Wrong Again

On American Idol last night, Lee DeWyze beat out heavily favored contestant Crystal Bowersox in an upset win to take home the top prize, leaving many to wonder WTF happened. The evening was full of surprises both sweet and sour. Bret MichaelsAmerican Idol appearance, for example, was thrillingly unexpected and we loved every minute of it. On the other hand, watching the wrong contestant win American Idol yet again was not so much fun.

Lee DeWyze wins 'American Idol' (FOX)
Lee DeWyze wins 'American Idol' (FOX)

After re-watching Monday night’s American Idol performances by Crystal Bowersox and Lee DeWyze, we still cannot fathom how voters chose DeWyze as the winner. Going back through the season and watching performances from both singers throughout the show, we are dumbfounded how anyone could compare the two and pick DeWyze over Mama Sox.

We aren’t bashing on DeWyze here, that’s not the point. Although we do think the guy has serious vocal control issues and epic pitch problems. No, the point is that it seems obvious to us Crystal Bowersox is so much more naturally gifted as a musician and singer than DeWyze. Head to head, song to song, Crystal Bowersox beat out Lee DeWyze every single night on American Idol with the possible exception of one – the night DeWyze sang “Hallelujah”.

So why did Lee DeWyze win and Crystal Bowersox fail to capture the voters? Why did we end up with a Kris Allen topping Adam Lambert scenario yet again?

Well, let’s face it, whether we like it or not, a girl with dreadlocks and lip piercings is still too ‘out there’ for a decently large swath of Middle America. Just like Adam Lambert was way too gay for them even before he was officially out. Then of course we have to factor in the ‘tween girl’ vote – because they are always going to vote for whoever the cutest boy left is. Even if he isn’t all that cute.


We also have the Vote for the Worst people who are intentionally voting for the least talented contestant. They actually do make a small difference; we’ve seen their work succeed too often to ignore their tiny power block. Lastly, there are those people out there who honestly didn’t want Crystal Bowersox to win because she – for a while – didn’t seem to want to win. We get cranky about people not appreciating the ‘gift’ of our rabid fanness.

In the end, it doesn’t really matter all that much if Crystal Bowersox lost or Lee DeWyze won. It may even prove to be the best result. Bowersox may squeak by as the runner-up with a bit less rigid control on her image and her music. Which seems to have worked out pretty well for Adam Lambert. She will, of course, easily land a record deal of her own and tons of offers to do all kinds of cool things  once she is done with the American Idol Live Tour. Some folks may have even voted against Bowersox just so she wouldn’t be weighed down with the stricter restrictions of being the Idol winner.

Without the American Idol title though, Lee DeWyze might have ended up fading away into distant memory even faster than we think he will anyway. Everyone in my house said it nearly at the same time when the winner was announced: DeWyze needs it, Mama Sox doesn’t.

So for now, at least, Lee DeWyze can enjoy his American Idol winner status. And Crystal Bowersox can get back to doing what she does best – making amazing music and singing the hell out of it. We know which album we’ll be buying when it hits the shelves…

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