Paula Abdul: Bret Michaels Would Be an “Awesome” American Idol Judge

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Ex-American Idol judge Paula Abdul has given Bret Michaels her blessing as Simon Cowell's successor.

"If he were to take that position I think he would be awesome at it because you've got to have a passion and love for music," Abdul, 47, told at the Tony Awards Gift Lounge in NYC Sunday.

Michaels has been considered a top contender for the open seat since his surprise performance of "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" at the May 26 finale.

"It takes somebody who really, really understands young people to try to make the magic happen in those 30 seconds," she added. "[Bret] would fit the mold perfectly."

But Michaels isn't the only person Abdul envisions sitting with Randy Jackson, Kara DioGuardi and Ellen DeGeneres at the judge's table.

"I think Simon's mom Julie would be brilliant, because who knows him better than she?" Abdul told Us.

"Honestly, the word replacement to me does not apply because, as we all know, they broke the mold after Simon. I don't think he could ever be replaced," she said. "There should be no comparison."

And as Us Weekly first reported in May, Abdul is gearing up for her role as head judge on CBS' upcoming Got to Dance, a U.S. version of the hit U.K. reality competition.

"I'm beyond excited about this," Abdul said. "We’re in the middle of hiring the amazing talent that makes the magic happen!"

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