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Constantine -- Less Sucky Than First Believed

5/5/2009 11:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Constantine MaroulisLooks like season four "American Idol" loser Constantine Maroulis won't have to perform at bingo nights or food festivals anymore -- dude just got a Tony nomination!

The 33-year-old creepy singer is nominated for Lead Actor in a Musical for his work as Drew Bowie in the '80s themed "Rock of Ages."

It may not be a Jennifer Hudson Oscar or a Kelly Clarkson Grammy, but it beats working the day shift at Applebee's ... with "Idol" winners Taylor Hicks and Ruben Studdard.

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