Bret Michaels Offers Advice To 'American Idol' Winner Lee DeWyze

'Enjoy what you're doing, live in the moment,' Poison frontman says backstage at the finale.

The only thing Lee DeWyze wanted to do in life is play music. Now that he's the new American Idol, the former paint-store clerk from Mt. Prospect, Illinois, will finally get his chance to do just that.

He got a big leg up on Wednesday night at the two-hour "Idol" finale, when surprise guest-star [artist id="500964"]Bret Michaels[/artist] — who joined third-place finisher Casey James for an unannounced duet on Poison's "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" — offered some sage career advice.

Speaking to reporters backstage, Michaels, who performed at the Nokia Theatre without telling his doctors, applauded loudly when it was announced that DeWyze had won his battle with season-long front-runner Crystal Bowersox.

"Here's the thing: Enjoy what you're doing, live in the moment, get good people around you, and you'll have a long career," said Michaels, who was at the "Idol" finale despite a series of recent health scares that include a brain hemorrhage and a recently discovered hole in his heart. "That's really the truth. That's what makes it work. Believe in yourself. If someone is pushing you down the wrong path, [say], 'I gotta do it my way,' " he said. "I also would tell him ... make sure you love what you do. And don't ever become jaded. If you become jaded, you lose your soul."

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