Kiss rocker Gene Simmons has fallen for the contestants on American Idol after sitting in as a judge for a show.

The rocking perfectionist feared he wouldn't be a good judge because his standards are so high, but he was amazed by the bravery of contestants who performed without music.

He says, "(There's this) amazing amount of courage it takes to get up there - no music, no drums, no nothing - and stand in front of four people you've never met in your life... and just give. They're all winners in that sense."

Simmons joins the likes of SUGAR RAY singer Mark Mcgrath as a celebrity guest judge on the upcoming third season of the show.

19/09/2004 21:19