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Bret Michaels -- Survival Tips for 'Idol' Champ

5/27/2010 12:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Bret Michaels didn't just sing on "American Idol" last night, he also played the role of career adviser -- giving champ Lee DeWyze a crucial tip about staying alive in the music biz. 

Bret Michaels

It all went down after the show, when the two met up for a few backstage pics (the one above is from Bret's own camera).

Bret's people tell us before they separated, Bret dished out the following nugget of wisdom -- "Everyone is nervous before they hit the stage. What separates the ones who make it and [the ones that] don't is how they channel that energy."

We're not saying Bret stole that line from a fortune cookie, but he also told Lee that his lucky numbers are 4, 8, 15, 16, 23 and 42.

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C    

That was the BEST part of that stupid show, but he needs to take it easy.

1589 days ago
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REALbarbwire7    

Umm. CASEY performed with Bret, and did a great job. Lee didn't perform with him........??????????? Where were you guys? This is just a backstage photo!

1589 days ago
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Sue    

Yeah, Casey performed with Bret, not Lee!!

1589 days ago
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LadyN    

Bret didn't perform with Lee. You guys are the ones who showed the video of him with CASEY JAMES. Proof read people! Get your facts straight.

1589 days ago
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Nikki    

I was gonna say the same thing about Bret performing with Casey. Looks like you guys did the job.

1589 days ago
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Yvette    

This post had to have been written by Daniel...

1589 days ago
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Me    

he didn't perform with Dewyze, he performed with that Casey dude... hello TMZ!!!

1589 days ago
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TopTwitsBlog    

What Ryan Seacrest uncovered about Brett's illness:
http://www.toptwitsblog.com/2010/05/ryan-seacrest-busty-cops-almost-killed.html

1589 days ago
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$$    

AND THE MEDIA WONDERS WHY WE CAN'T BELIEVE ANYTHING THEY PRINT...



SHEESH....GET THE FACTS STRAIGHT...

1589 days ago
10.

Steve    

Love the LOST reference!!!

1589 days ago
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Napoleon    

I love Brett and wish him a speedy recovery, but the coolist thing about this picture is "Mr. Jimmi Hendrix" in the background! Cool, cool!

1589 days ago
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LadyN    

"Bret Michaels didn't just on "American Idol" last night"



He didn't just....WHAT? Nice correction to the last mistake, TMZ. Seriously, hire a proof reader.



1589 days ago
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WHATEVER    

was bret on his knees in this photo ? lee is short, bret is a big guy....but they look about the same height in the photo....this can't be right.

1589 days ago
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WHATEVER    

and by the way, i seriously hope that ryan seacrest gets dumped and is never seen on TV again.
he's a rude little jerk, always being a little weird bitch. he was so weird and creepy mean towards crystals dad on the final night, the way he acted when he talked to the guy in the audience was just awkward and had no respect.

1589 days ago
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missy    

I'd like to have me a Lee-Bret sandwich!!!!

1589 days ago
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