With auditions for Season 10 of American Idol set for Nashville, New Orleans, Jersey City and San Francisco this summer, speculation is heating up about a replacement for Simon Cowell, who left the show after the May 26 finale. "There's no replacement for Simon," former judge Paula Abdul told TV Guide Magazine at the Tony Awards. Abdul, who's now busy on her new upcoming CBS show Got to Dance, pointed out, "They broke the mold [with him]. We all know that!"
Former Idol contestant Constantine Maroulis, starring in Rock of Ages on Broadway, told TV Guide Magazine, "I like the Bret Michaels idea. It's totally against the grain." Michaels, who won Celebrity Apprentice and survived three seasons of wannabe groupies on Rock of Love plus a recent brain hemorrhage, would be great, said Maroulis. "He's a rock star!" Though Idol's viewership has been declining over the past couple of years, "They still have 16, 17 million viewers, and that's still a lot of people," Maroulis pointed out. "It's about the contestants and their opportunities."