George Michael Ordered To "Phone In" Community Service

Singer George Michael looks to be in the homestretch of completing his court-ordered community service this week, although he's been able to literally phone it in.

As we reported last week, Michael had originally planned to fulfill the remaining hours of his community service by working for Project Angel Food, an organization that delivers food to people with AIDS in the Los Angeles area.

But a municipal court judge has intervened and told the singer that he would instead phone schools and youth centers, attempting to persuade kids to become involved in charity work, according to The Associated Press.

Michael has asked the court to reconsider his decision, and has until December 21 to complete the community service, or risk having the court impose the original sentence from his April arrest on a charge of lewd conduct, which included additional fines and jail time.

George Michael's new album, "Ladies & Gentlemen: The Best of George Michael," debuted on

last week's Billboard Album charts at number 24.