Bret Michaels bandana cowboy hat on stage

Michaels is taking over the Universe. Photo: Getty Images

Rocker Bret Michaels is front man for a sexy new gig.

The bandanna-sporting Poison singer and reality dating-show Lothario has been tapped by Donald Trump and company to co-host the 2010 Miss Universe Pageant on Aug. 23 in Las Vegas. Expect him to be totally stoked doling out roses to the lucky winner (without thorns, please!).

"I am honored Donald Trump has asked me to co-host the 2010 Miss Universe pageant in Las Vegas alongside my friend and ever so hot Natalie Morales," Michaels tells Us Weekly.

"I realize it is a controversial decision for Mr. Trump to have a rocker like myself with little filter to host such a prestigious event," he adds. "However, Donald Trump knows that I will bring 150 percent and make the evening a rocking good time."

As he revealed to Us Weekly, the former "Rock of Love" star, who encouraged his television dates to get raunchy in order to win his fleeting affections, will be joined in his duties by the "Today" show's Morales, who recently helped host the raciest Miss USA pageant in history, in which scantily clad contestants posed like Maxim pinups.

Michaels -- who opened his VH1 series by taking sexy lingerie shots of his suitors -- should feel right at home on the pageant stage (especially if there's a stripper pole guitar in the house).

Trump has made it no secret that he's trying to make his beauty-pageant empire sexier, and Michaels endeared himself to the tycoon in May, when he won "Celebrity Apprentice" just weeks after suffering a devastating brain hemorrhage.

"It doesn't get hotter than being in Las Vegas in August," Trump said in a statement released by pageant host NBC. "Add more than 80 of the world's most beautiful women converging to compete along with Bret Michaels, Natalie Morales.... Las Vegas is going to be scorching hot."

And speaking of steamy, pole-dancing Miss USA Rima Fakih will compete for the Miss Universe crown at the upcoming pageant.

In other Miss Universe news, read about the controversy that Miss Australia's national costume has caused.

And check out what actress Vanessa Minnillo, a former Miss Teen USA, had to say about her positive turn as a beauty queen.