The American Idol Top 10 are busy rehearsing for their big summer tour, but they took a break to hang with the press on Thursday, June 17. Zap2it caught up with Casey James and Aaron Kelly and we had to ask Casey about performing with ailing Poison frontman Bret Michaels.

At the time of the finale, Michaels was advised by his doctors to stay home. Still, James wasn’t worried that Michaels wouldn’t get through the performance. “The time that I spent hanging out and the time that we were playing together, I knew that he’d be fine for the music,” Casey tells us. “Anything else,  it would’ve been up for grabs, but I know that guy … anything could happen on that stage and he’d finish the song.”

While Aaron is backing Harry Connick Jr. for judge Simon Cowell‘s replacement because of his helpful constructive criticism, Michaels is Casey’s pick because “he’s got a great personality, he knows music, he knows the business, he’s been in TV.”

Both Aaron and Casey weren’t too thrilled with the judges’ comments this season. They say that Cowell, Ellen DeGeneres, Kara DioGuardi and Randy Jackson contradicted themselves too much. “It can be confusing to us,” Kelly says. “We’re trying to do our best out there but it’s hard to do that when we don’t know what we’re doing wrong.”

“Sometimes things that are said weren’t necessarily constructive criticism, it was just criticism,” Casey chimes in. “I don’t mean that for me, I mean that for everyone. You know, a judge might have said something about someone and it’s like, well what good did that do them? Give them a way to fix that, if you feel that something’s wrong, tell them a way to fix them instead of just like talking.”

If you wanna join the summer jam with your favorite Season 9 Idols then check out the full concert schedule for “American Idols Live Tour” here and purchase tickets at Live Nation.

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Posted by:Carina MacKenzie