Parti-Gras 2023 featuring Bret Michaels

Parti-Gras 2023 featuring Bret Michaels

Parti-Gras 2023 featuring Bret Michaels

Bret Michaels’ Rock of Love A Reality Flash Back

What were you doing 15 years ago? I was sitting down with my wife watching another reality show called Bret Michaels’ Rock of Love. Fifteen years ago reality tv was strong with the force. Viewers could not get enough consumption of former stars and the fly-on-the-wall look into their lives. We had so many shows to choose from like The Salt-N-Pepa Show, Scott Baio Is 45…and Single, Charm School, and of course, Rock of Love.

While my wife couldn’t get enough of these reality shows, I was very skeptical of the whole lot and watched them more like a car accident. I always wondered at the origin of why so many existed and I have one theory. In 2007 there was a major writer’s strike. According to, there were roughly 12,000 writers that went on strike. This was television armageddon! More than 60 shows were put on hold and the Golden Globes were canceled. Most late-night shows could not go on. Reality shows were already here, and with writers gone, they became the go-to entertainment. And even when the writer’s strike ended in 2008, the reality floodgates were thrown open.

Enter Rock of Love

And one of those shows that came through that flood and lasted for three seasons was Poison frontman, Bret Michaels’ Rock of Love. It is fascinating watching these (supposedly unscripted) spectacles and wanting to see where they are going to go. said that Bret Michaels actually did ask for no lines to be written for him because he would suck at it and would rather just talk.

The first episode of Rock of Love drew 1.6 million viewers. If you are not aware of the concept, it was 25 women competing to be Bret’s girl. Take beautiful girls, lots of booze, and the desire to win and you apparently have yourself a winning design. To quote Bret:

“Those girls, they were stars,” the rocker attested. “Even though I got to be the guy looking for love and hosting it, the girls made that show amazing.”

Over on (seriously .ninja) has a list of some of the most memorable episodes. I’ve listed the top five below and if you are not aware, Bret and WCSX are throwing a huge party. The Parti-Gras 2023 featuring Bret Michaels is coming in 2023 and you could win tickets and you got to go check it out.

  • #1 - Back to the Rocking Horse Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired 1/12/2008

    Based on fans’ votes according to, episode 1 of season 2 was the most popular. I can take one guess why and it was probably partly because of Daisy de la Hoya. She was so popular that even though she did not win season 2 she went on to her own reality show, Daisy of Love.

  • #2 - It's Skanks on Ice Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired 1/17/2009

    Wow, they really knew what their show was about with that title. The girls are put on ice and are supposed to protect a plastic baby Bret from the Illinois Women’s Hockey team. Illinois Women’s HockeIllinois Women’s Hocke

  • #3 - Exes and Oh's Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired 3/14/2009

    Bret brings back some ex-girlfriends to interrogate the new recruits. my wife and I had checked out after Season 2, so maybe we need to check out Season 3 since it ranked so high on votes.

  • #4 - Don't Threaten Me with a Good Time Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 7/14/2007

    Finally! You would think the first episode would rank the highest but no! This is the premiere episode that helped create a strange formula of a set, dramatic camera movement, and a judge or multiple judges. The “reality” of everything starts to really unfold when you see lifetime reality stars who are famous for not only being on a reality show but multiple ones.

  • #5 - Third Time's A Charm Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired 1/3/2009

    And right back into Season 3, we go. I feel they knew the wheels were coming off this reality bus and had to up the game. Season 3 (and the final season so far) starts off on a bus (no pun intended). Two buses actually, one filled with the girls and another with Bret. We get our usual start of introductions and some games.

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