Every Rose Has It’s Reality TV Thorn

Obviously, all the members of Poison were important to the group’s history but let’s focus on the man responsible for my own resurgence of interest in the group: Bret Michaels. More specifically, his slide into reality TV. So much trashy TV. My brain’s rotting just thinking about the shows…

It started with…


Rock of Love with Bret Michaels

Obviously starring Bret, the first season featured 25 women competing to be Michaels’ girlfriend. Each week, the women face challenges, the winner of which gets to go on a date with Michaels. Some of the challenges were based on situations that they might encounter if chosen to be Michaels’ girlfriend, most were ridiculous, including phone sex, roller skating with strollers and more.


The first season winner was 24-year-old Jes Rickleff from Naperville, Illinois. At the reunion, she revealed that she did not have romantic feelings for Michaels, and that she thought that he should have chosen the runner-up, Heather. The second season featured another set of 20 women. This time around, Michaels chose 37-year-old Ambre Lake from Los Angeles, California. After the show, the two maintained a relationship, but parted ways after just a few months. The third season premiered in January 2009. The season finale was a series high for VH1, and Michaels chose Penthouse Pet Taya Parker as the winner. A fourth season was offered to Michaels, but it was announced in May 2010 that he would be appearing in a new show entitled…

Bret Michaels: Life As I Know.

The show chronicles the lives of Bret Michaels and his family. Filming of the series began before Michaels’ health troubles, and filming was suspended after his hospitalization. Production resumed when it was cleared by his doctors. This was particularly juicy since it reminded America that yes, Bret had a on and off again relationship while filming Rock of Love.

Mr. Richard and I often look back on the era of Rock of Love and the spin offs as the peak in reality TV. There’s nothing really like it anymore. Go back, watch Rock of Love, Charm School or Tool Academy and tell me, can you find trashier, more mind numbing TV? I figured that Bret’s reality TV stardom was fitting for Every Rose since he only refers back to it a million times over the seasons!


Side One

Every Rose Has Its Thorn

Side Two

Livin’ for the Minute

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