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Constantine Maroulis Agrees Steven Tyler Is An Awesome 'American Idol' Judge! Exclusive!

Thu, January 20, 2011 12:31pm EDT by Andy Swift Add first Comment

The ‘Idol’ alumnus crowns the Aerosmith frontman ‘TV’s newest megastar!’ Do you agree?

As someone who had tons of experience with the previous panel of American Idol judges, we were curious to see what Constantine Maroulis, 35, thought of the show’s new lineup after the season premiere. Much to our enjoyment, the season four finalist loves all the new changes! “It was an awesome show and [Steven] Tyler is TV’s newest megastar,” Constantine tells exclusively. “He’ll be great entertainment all year, and obviously offers a great deal to the contestants as a mentor. So articulate, yet fun.”

I couldn’t agree more with Constantine! As I already gushed earlier this morning, Steven proved to be a surprising breath of fresh (and slightly ridiculous) air for the decade-old show.

Constantine — who’s currently on tour with Broadway’s Rock of Ages, and received a Best Actor Tony nomination for originating his role — says Steven is just one of the changes that will ensure this season’s success.

“I look forward to a great season,” he tells us. “The changes they have in store are going to make a huge difference.”

— Andy Swift, reporting by Jessica Finn