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Celebrity Sighting in NYC: 8/10 Constantine Maroulis in Times Square (PHOTOS)

We were in New York City last week and watched three Broadway shows! Yay!

While hanging out in Times Square for the TKTS booths to open (to get same-day discounts on Broadway shows), “Hair Battle Spectacular” was trying its darnest to get people entertained through out the day. We learned that this is a new reality show for hairstylists debuting that day, August 10th at 8pm on the Oxygen channel. Not that this was of particular interest to us but we were there so we took photos. 🙂

The premise of the show is this: Fantasy hair is all about pushing the limits of traditional hairstyling. It can include the use of clothing, ornaments, and props to achieve the desired look, and it’s almost always pulled to the top of the head. Fantasy hair competition — which has been around for decades — pits contestants against each other to create a total look of hair, makeup, and clothing in a limited amount of time.

Part sculpture and part pop art, each challenge requires contestants to create outrageous coifs that resemble everything from multi-layer wedding cakes to toys with moveable pieces. The stylists then enter the ring to present their hair creations in a fully produced, dramatic and stylized performance. In addition to blow-by-blow drama in the arena, there is also the day-to-day drama between the cohabitating stylists who fight each week to stay in the game and win the ultimate prize of $100,000.

The winner! Hair Battle Spectacular, NYC

Constantine MaroulisSo Oxygen was promoting its new show by doing just that in the heart of Times Square- hairstylists compete and they have the (bored) audience tweet for a sweepstakes or something. We weren’t really paying attention.

Next thing we know, *Constantine Maroulis shows up as judge for the hair contest!

We were in queue by 12:30pm for the ticket booth to open at 2pm at this point. We had to ask someone to hold our spot for us to say hi to Constantine!

What was interesting was nobody seemed to really care about the ongoing show or that Constantine was there. We walked up to him and asked for photos and he was very nice and accommodating. We chatted a little bit with him. When we left him, nobody else ‘bothered’ him. The couple who watched our spot had to ask us who he was and why we asked for a photo with him!! Unbelievable. We see him as this huge Broadway star if not a former American Idol finalist and a bit surprised that he could be in a crowd and he isn’t mobbed!

Thank you, Constantine Maroulis for posing for us (and we did’t mean to take ‘paparazzi’ style pics of you but we were starstruck)! You made our long wait at the ticket booth worthwhile. See you soon in one of your Broadway shows! 🙂

“Queens” won the contest with a $2,500 prize!

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*Constantine Maroulis is a Season 4 sixth finalist on American Idol. He moved on to become a Broadway star joining the cast of the Broadway musical “The Wedding Singer” in September 2006. He just earned a Tony Award nomination, Drama League Award nomination and Broadway.com’s Broadway Star of the Year 2009 Award for his performance in ROCK OF AGES. Translation: When you get a Tony nomination- the Oscar of Theater, that is a pretty huge deal! Constantine is a BIG DEAL in Broadway!

We have yet to see Rock of Ages and we might go back to New York again just to see it! Constantine will be on the National Tour of “Rock of Ages” kicking off on Sept. 21 in Chicago. They will play in Boston in October but nothing beats the Broadway feel and watching it in New York. We’ll see…

Check out Hair Battle Spectacular, the TV series | Twitter Photos of the event from @hairbattle .