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The Most Controversial, Outrageous, & Memorable Reality TV Moments of 2005

December 24, 2005 12:01 AM by Joe Blackmon

The Year 2005 has been a very memorable year for reality TV, one that has been filled with controversial and outrageous moments.  The year started with American Idol 4 offering up more controversy per episode than most shows offer in an entire season, and the year ended with Donald Trump’s Apprentice showing that it can play the controversy game too.

A couple of the year’s biggest controversies swirled around two shows where viewers were allowed to vote: American Idol and Dancing with the Stars.  From a favored contestant getting eliminated early to problems with the phone numbers, many outraged fans questioned some of the outcomes on America’s most popular television show.  Just as the American Idol controversies were starting to fade from memory, the Summer time hit Dancing with the Stars offered up its own voting controversy.  However, instead of the viewer vote, it was the judge’s decision to award ABC’s own Kelly Monaco with the first three perfect tens of the competition that came under fire.

In the end the biggest winners were the networks.  FOX aired an additional American Idol re-vote episode because of one of its phone number screw-ups, and ABC had a Dancing with the Stars Dance-Off special.

Two other common themes in reality TV in 2005 were that multiple eliminations started to become the norm and bodily excrements and fluids played a major role in several shows.  Survivor, Rock Star INXS, Trump’s Apprentice, and Martha Stewart’s Apprentice all offered up surprises where multiple contestants were eliminated in a single episode.  Meanwhile, shows like Surreal Life, Kill Reality, Breaking Bonaduce, Nashville Star and Wanted Ted or Alive pushed the boundaries of how far reality TV will go by offering up contestants engaged in peeing, defecating, bleeding, vomiting and spitting.  While the actual events usually took place off-camera, viewers were treated to detailed descriptions.   

The following are the Top Ten Most Controversial, Outrageous, Memorable Reality TV Moments of 2005 as selected by Reality TV Magazine. 
 
1.  Constantine Maroulis Voted Off American Idol 4 – Constantine Maroulis was consistently a fan favorite, and after his performance of Bohemian Rhapsody, he seemed virtually guaranteed to make it to the late stages of the competition.  However, in one of the greatest shockers in American Idol history, Constantine Maroulis was voted off before even making it to the top five.  Outraged Constantine fans immediately turned to the Internet in massive numbers.  A website called Votefortheworst.com took credit for keeping Scott Savol in the competition over Constantine.  Over 37,000 fans signed a petition demanding a recount to no avail.  Constantine was gone, and he wasn’t coming back.

2.  American Idol Gets The Phone Numbers Wrong (Three Times) – Most people heard about the first phone number error on American Idol, because FOX issued a press release and had a special re-vote show.  However, what many people didn’t realize is that American Idol actually had three different phone number errors during the season. 

3.  The Amazing Case Of The Plane Returning To The Runway – In this post 9/11 world, how many people are able to stop a plane at an airport in order to get last minute boarding.  After being firmly told “no” by one American Airlines representative, something happened off camera to dramatically change the situation.  Suddenly, the pilot was giving the ok to re-open the doors of the plane and to let Uchenna and Joyce on.  If Uchenna and Joyce hadn’t made that plane, then Rob and Amber would likely have easily sailed to victory.  Fortunately for CBS, Amazing Race advertiser American Airlines saw fit to open up the doors to an exciting finish for the Amazing Race.

4.  Kelly Monaco Scores Three Perfect Tens – No one on Dancing with the Stars had gotten a single ten from the judges in the entire competition until Kelly Monaco received three tens on her final performance.  Outraged fans accused ABC judges of playing favorites, which led to a special Dance-Off episode. 

5.  The Whole Long Drawn Out Corey Clark & Paula Abdul Thing – No controversy list would be complete without including the Corey Clark and Paula Abdul scandal.  From the one hour PrimeTime Live promo for Corey’s new CD to the Paula Adbul Saturday Day Night Live skit to the parody on the American Idol finale, the whole story became one big joke.

6.  Mario Vasquez Quits American Idol – We know that most people have now forgotten who Mario Vasquez was, but at one time he was actually one of the favored contestants to win American Idol 4.  However, Mario quit for personal reasons and then went on an enormous publicity tour, telling everyone that they had not heard the last of Mario Vasquez.

7.  Donald Trump Fires Four On The Apprentice – While many probably suspected that Donald Trump might fire two candidates after one team lost by a large margin, Trump surprised everyone by letting four candidates go at once.

8.  The Newlyweds Get Separated – Their break-up was reported numerous times, only to be met with repeated denials from the couple.  Finally, on the day before Thanksgiving, their press agents stopped denying and confirmed that it was true.

9. King Kaysar Catches The Bigger Fish – It was perhaps the greatest strategic move in Big Brother history.  After Eric Littmann eliminated his secret partner, Kaysar Ridha turned the tables. 

10. Randal Refuses To Share Spotlight With Rebecca – Almost everyone predicted that Donald Trump would probably hire both Randal and Rebecca, what no one predicted is that Trump would leave the decision up to Randal, and Randal would say “no.”

The Year 2005 was so jam-packed with reality TV controversy that we just couldn’t fit everything into a top ten list, so we also prepared a special list of five Honorable Unmentionable Moments.

Honorable Unmentionable Moments
Jonny Fairplay Takes A Dump On Kill Reality
Mini-Me Urinates On Surreal Life
Joey Spits On Wanted Ted Or Alive
Jenny Vomits On Nashville Star
Danny Bonaduce Slashes His Wrists On Breaking Bonaduce

Do you agree or disagree with our choices for the Top Ten Most Controversial, Outrageous, & Memorable Reality TV Moments of 2005?  What about our Five Honorable Unmentionables?  Are there any other moments that you think should have been included on the list?  Which moment do you think is number 1?  Post your comments below.

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  1. Beverly Baridon Says:
    December 24th, 2005 at 1:19 am

    I think Constantine Maroulis has proved everyone wrong and he and his fans RIGHT ON by continung and working through what has become a WINNING career … I forget the name of the official AI winner, but let’s just say, that person doesn’t have their own upcoming tv show, book to write, etc., etc., ……… Constantine’s career is becoming as beautiful as he is … a reflection of his talent, savvy and appreciation of his fans.

  2. Diana Says:
    December 24th, 2005 at 1:34 am

    Con getting voted off was the #1 shocker.But he’s doing great. We all love him. And watch every step he takes. Keep it up Babe!!!

  3. Rhonda Says:
    December 24th, 2005 at 2:01 am

    Constantine being voted off of AI4 was definitely the #1 shocker of the year 2005.
    Constantine has definitely proven his fans right about him being everything they said he was and is and always will be – #1.
    Thank you for all of your fairness where Constantine is concerned and for all the articles you have posted about him.
    Constantine was my idol from the beginning and will be my idol forever. Rock on baby!!!! We love you

  4. Idee warm and fuzzy~One Proud fan Says:
    December 24th, 2005 at 2:12 am

    You keep on keeping on Constantine..You are a True STAR!
    I knew it from the start. This guy is spunky… I’m so proud of you . I could burst! THE SOLO WAS Awesome You are super talented. THERE’S NOTHING YOU CAN’T DO.

    Merry Christmas ..Constantine and Family and fans and all others! Bless you all! OW! IDEE ADORES greekboy!

    How wonderful life is with you in our world. Ps. Florida solo would be nice. :)
    We Love you! enjoy being home for the holidays!

  5. Anonymous Says:
    December 24th, 2005 at 2:49 am

    ^Unfortunately for you, it looks like the powerful and important people in the entertainment industry DON’T have brains!

    Anyways, you guys got it 100% right with your #1!

  6. Amy Galloway Says:
    December 24th, 2005 at 11:00 am

    The biggest shocker was when Constantine was Voted off A14!!!! He has proved though he didn’t need the American Idol title to become a star he has a sitcom, a CD, & possibly a book!!! I love you Con!!!! You are a shining star Ow you are my Idol!!!!

    Mellowpiggy

  7. Pen Says:
    December 24th, 2005 at 11:12 am

    I saw Constantine’s in New Jersey the other night at the Starland ballroom. I wasn’t incredibly blown away by him at the AI concerts, Bo actually was the one who got me all ‘Whoa.’ But the show he gave at the Starland was indescribably good. That man really is a star. I was shocked. It’s just a matter of time and continued hard work on his part. End of story.

  8. Amy H. Says:
    December 24th, 2005 at 11:17 am

    Thank you! We totally agree! It was and always will be the #1 shocker of SEVERAL years and years to come! But he is doing fine….a star. AI was merely a stepping stone. Constantine, the solo concerts were awesome! Looking forward to seeing Betty next month! Congrats and a TOAST to your success……….

  9. Lisa Lu Says:
    December 24th, 2005 at 12:23 pm

    What about Jonathan and Victoria being on every reality show in 2005?

  10. katie Says:
    December 24th, 2005 at 3:21 pm

    Carrie Underwood is perfect for the AI position but she is and always will be rather bland as an entertainer.

    Constantine is exciting and will be successful in one way or another. He has the charisma in spades.

    It’s sad that on Christmas Eve, the trolls will still bash him. Sorry for them. Lonely people.

    Also sorry for Scott Savol who will always have that stupid vote for the worst stigma. People can be so mean.

    Anyway,Merry Christmas and Peace On Earth to all.

  11. Vote For the Worst Says:
    December 24th, 2005 at 5:58 pm

    Thank you for recognizing our website’s part in the number 1 reality TV moment of the year. And thank you to the people here who recognize that Constantine is utter crap. See you guys in a few weeks for American Idol 5!

    Sincerely,
    The Votefortheworst.com staff

  12. cloud9 Says:
    December 24th, 2005 at 6:20 pm

    Uhm, married women? Right. How many times does it have to be said that a certain Cindy Margolis is a family friend? Hmm. Why don’t you all go try to get a life? It isn’t one when you try to just break down other people.

    Here’s to looking forward to an extremely bright 2006 for Constantine. Possibly making a movie in the Spring, asked about a book, a tv show, a cd, tours…it’s just the beginning.

  13. Rags Says:
    December 24th, 2005 at 9:13 pm

    Constantine is #1 period!
    I had the honor to see his sold out show at the House of Blues in Atlantic City this week. The man was incredible. I can wait for 2006!

  14. abrahammy Says:
    December 24th, 2005 at 10:07 pm

    I don’t hold a lot of stock in the rumors at americanidolconspiracy.com. Pretty much anybody can say any crap they like, and it’s all for shock value.

    That being said, I doubt Constantine’s a choirboy, either. It doesn’t matter to me as long as he gives concerts like he did this week. That was spectacular.

    Here is the one thing that speaks most loudly to his power; of the 18 posts made so far in this thread about Reality controversies, 17 were about Constantine. For better or worse, nobody can seem to stop talking about him.

    Merry Christmas to you all.

  15. Deny Everything Says:
    December 24th, 2005 at 10:25 pm

    Yes, deny the stories, deny the posts, but you cannot deny the voicemails.

  16. Anonymous Says:
    December 25th, 2005 at 12:32 am

    The cease and desist cannot be far off.

  17. Virginia Abreu de Paula Says:
    December 25th, 2005 at 12:32 am

    Constantine being robbed in American Idol was the most shocking moment on TV.Of course he was not voted off. And sure the vote for the worst has nothing to do with that scandal. They are not powerful enough for that. Constantine had never been on the bottom before, so people who voted for Scott, if it indeed happened, caused problem only for those who usually had less votes. Not for any one of the front runners. I just can’t see how people can’t understand that. And, if really so many people wanted to make Scott the Idol, where were they the following week? It’s obvious he was sent home cause they didn’t need him anymore. By the way, Scott was not the worst for me. Constantine was the best and believe me: he won that competition. He is the American Idol 05. The proof is here in this board. Nobody is talking about the other shock moments!!! As for these trolls, they are as much in passion as everybody else. They ar e totally obsessed by him. That’s why they call him names, they created stories about him, they can never leave the boards for him, they just can’t live without him! Of course, it’s a kind of sick passion, different from the love the true fans deliver and spread around. But it’s passion anyway. Every bad word they write is a desperate scream for the fact they can’t have him. Freud have already explained it. They are the ones who need urgently and intervention. But we can’t help them because they are always hidden behind nicknames, and never leave e-mails, we can’t contact their families to help them. Well, we can pray. We also can suggest them to stop fighting against this passion. Embrace the guy and enjoy. They would feel so much better. Finally my suggestion to those how love, instead of having a sick passion. Ignore them, pleas. They are sort of vampires that need our energy. They envy you so much for being happy because they are sad people. Every time you answer them they way you do, they celebrate. Next second they find themselves in an lower level than before. They are addict. Cold turkey gets them all the time. Addict to human energy. That’s why they are so obsessed by Constantine Maroulis. His vitality , energy, glow, is too intense and beautiful. Forget them. Let’s celebrate Christmas sending them a bit of love too. That’s all they need. Happy Christmas!!

  18. Rori Says:
    December 25th, 2005 at 12:49 am

    Thanks Reality TV! I will never believe he was legitimately the lowest vote getter! But with his successful two shows in New Jersey this week? I think he has proven once and for ALL that Black Wednesday was a big mistake and has erased the awful memory of that travesty from many minds!

    peace.

  19. Rori Says:
    December 25th, 2005 at 12:50 am

    Oh, except it was American Idol 4, not 5. :)

  20. Anonymous Says:
    December 25th, 2005 at 2:10 am

    There was once a shepherd-boy who kept his flock at a little distance from the village. Once he thought he would play a trick on the villagers and have some fun at their expense. So he ran toward the village crying out, with all his might,–

    “Wolf! Wolf! Come and help! The wolves are at my lambs!”

    The kind villagers left their work and ran to the field to help him. But when they got there the boy laughed at them for their pains; there was no wolf there.

    Still another day the boy tried the same trick, and the villagers came running to help and got laughed at again. Then one day a wolf did break into the fold and began killing the lambs. In great fright, the boy ran for help. “Wolf! Wolf!” he screamed. “There is a wolf in the flock! Help!”

    The villagers heard him, but they thought it was another mean trick; no one paid the least attention, or went near him. And the shepherd-boy lost all his sheep.

    That is the kind of thing that happens to people who lie: even when they tell the truth no one believes them.

  21. Lisa Says:
    December 25th, 2005 at 2:15 am

    I think Con’s fans are the most obsessed bunch of people ever. If anyone needs an intervention, it is them. It’s like a cult or something. They are actually following him across the country. So, every concert that he gives, it’s the same 500 people. Scary. And, btw, I will never believe that 37,000 people signed the petition to have him reinstated. I don’t find this site credible at all, so whatever they say I take with a big grain of salt.

  22. Corinna Says:
    December 25th, 2005 at 2:30 am

    Excellent choices! Once again your comment section becomes the playground of the 10 or so idiots from a certain site who have nothing better to do than bash Constantine and hope for more attention themselves. Constantine is a highly talented 30 year old single man who will be in our lives for years to come. The idiots will go away as soon.

  23. BS Says:
    December 25th, 2005 at 9:52 am

    Thanks for recognizing the travesty that was committed when Constantine was ‘removed’ from the AI4 competition. He was and is the best performer they’ve ever had on that show. It was hurtful to his fans and to him as well. But things are OK now. I have no doubts that he will be a HUGE star. The biggest one to emerge from that show ever.

  24. Maria Says:
    December 25th, 2005 at 12:24 pm

    Con’s fans are deeply delusional and are teetering on the brink of insanity. That is all.

  25. Deven Says:
    December 25th, 2005 at 3:41 pm

    Constantine is a true star. And a true rocker. These angry commenters are either trying to get attention for their site or they are very angry that he did not ask them for their number when they were finished. He’s a star. They are groupies. Very angry groupies. I am sure if RealityTV chose to disclose their identities via their IP addresses, you would see that they are the same people posting again and again. Perhaps Constantine will find that information helpful when he gets the aforementioned cease and desist order against them. I believe Constantine will choose to ignore them. He is a star. Stars don’t bother with dirt and mud being slung at them. They still shine through. Hotter and brighter than ever.

  26. Julie Says:
    December 25th, 2005 at 5:52 pm

    Constantine getting voted off AI was definitely the reality shocker of the year. Constantine has more talent, charisma, charm, and personality than all the other “idols” put together. He has a wonderful sense of humor and will succeed in everything he sets out to do. And his fans will be with him all the way.

  27. freakgrrrrrl Says:
    December 25th, 2005 at 5:59 pm

    I really didn`t think Constantine getting voted off was that big of a shocker to be #1. I mean, yeah it was fairly shocking that Scott didn`t get voted off instead but the night before (and some Confans have admitted to this) he sang fairly crappy so he did deserve it. Donald Trump firing four contestants at the same time and Kelly Monaco getting three 10`s actually me somewhat shocked.

  28. Julie Says:
    December 25th, 2005 at 9:34 pm

    Oh, I see the trolls have invaded this too! No matter though. They won’t keep this superstar down. More power to you Constantine! We love you!!!

  29. Jane Says:
    December 26th, 2005 at 1:25 am

    Thou shall not bear false witness……

  30. Sue Says:
    December 26th, 2005 at 3:43 am

    I don’t think the Vote for the Worst site can take any credit at all for Con being sent home. They said the reason Scott was sent home the next week was because their web site had so many hits because of all the publicity they got that their web site crashed and people didn’t know the “worst” candidate to vote for. Well, on the week that Con got booted, Scott allegedly had enough Vote for the Worst votes to put him in the Top 3 that week. Those same voters would have known to vote for him again the next week so he should have still been safe.

  31. Robyn Says:
    December 26th, 2005 at 6:16 pm

    I like pizza.

  32. IFloveConAlways Says:
    December 26th, 2005 at 6:56 pm

    Haaaaaaaaa!!!! Ur so jealous that Con is popular and likes PRETTY girls and enjoys FAMEOUSNESS and you are not part of it BECAUSE your ugly and pathetic and A TOWEL in his trash! CMROX!!!!

  33. J.Yescalis Says:
    December 27th, 2005 at 1:24 am

    Constantine’s first solo shows on U. S. turf were incredible! His amazing energy and creativity in combination with an eclectic range of songs from Stevie Wonder and Jim Morrison to “One Song, Glory” and “Jesus Christ Superstar” from his Broadway roles showcased powerful vocals that I haven’t heard from him before; he has the innate showmanship that kept the audience of fans from 11 to 87 riveted for well over an hour. I know personally of several people standing near me who came as chaperones for their kids and left as new Constantine fans, extremely impressed with his amazing talents!
    And the best is yet to come…the new music he is writing..his TV show..first album; Constantine will be a name in the entertainment world for a long time to come!

  34. RORISUCKS Says:
    December 28th, 2005 at 4:19 am

    Constantine has a total of 20 LARGE sized fans who sit on the internet all day looking for places to scream his praises. GET A LIFE!

  35. Anonymous Says:
    December 28th, 2005 at 10:47 am

    I think JD Fortune winning Rock Star was a very dramatic moment. Odds were 12:1 against him winning.

  36. trish grames Says:
    December 29th, 2005 at 11:56 am

    Constantine being eliminated from AI was the #1 reality TV shocker of 2005. I use the word “eliminated” because he wasn’t voted off. There are so many theories as to why he was let go. This controversial issue has been analyzed to death. But, as all can see, it worked to his benefit. Constantine has so many wonderful opportunities on his plate. I’m particularly looking forward to his TV show and his solo CD which is in the preproduction phase at this moment. He just completed to very, very successful solo shows. For all those who didn’t attend, he sang like a dream taking everyone on a trip down a musical memory lane. He sang everything from the Stones to Coldplay and a little broadway in between. His back up band was amazing. What an absolute treat. He really can do it all and do it well. Despite the controversy surrounding AI, I’m grateful to this machine for one thing: it is the vehicle that brought the world Constantine.

  37. Anonymous Says:
    December 29th, 2005 at 2:28 pm

    Constantine’s fans are truly delusional. They still don’t believe that he was voted off. Is being a headcase a prerequisite to being a fan of Constantine or do you get that way after you join the cult ?

  38. cj Says:
    December 29th, 2005 at 3:02 pm

    After reading #2 then #1 finally begins to make sense…

    I predict by the end of 2006 we’ll see who the real winner of AI4 is!

  39. Jenni Says:
    December 29th, 2005 at 3:44 pm

    Constantine’s fans are truly delusional. They still don’t believe that he was voted off. Is being a headcase a prerequisite to being a fan of Constantine or do you get that way after you join the cult ?

    “delusional” indeed. The guy was voted off for a reason; he’s just overrated. Yeah, there is some talent there, but not as much as this CULT (which it really is) that are masked as fans want us to believe. Hey, other people were voted off too, but they don’t have the crazies that this guy does boo hooing about it months later. Try getting a REAL job and take care of your husbands and kids, people. He won’t give any of you aging, ugly hoes the time of day except to get your money.

  40. Mary Beth Says:
    December 30th, 2005 at 11:02 am

    Constantine getting voted off was definitely the most controversial. Just look at all the buzz from lovers to haters that still analyze his departure to death.

    But… despite the departure, he has a bright future. I am so thankful that he gave us such a wonderful gift before Christmas and that I was able to attend. There were MANY non-fans in the HOB that night that witnessed the talent on that stage. My dh was one and he is giving C~ props now.

    So Constantine only has 20 large-sized fans? Then who were those people I had dinner with at the HOB?

    Thanks Reality TV…

  41. SandyD Says:
    December 30th, 2005 at 2:47 pm

    Con’s fans are delusional? Well, that’s a matter of opinion. I saw him at HOB and he was incredible. Funky in Da Middle that played with him was an incredible band too – horn section, keyboards, lead & bass guitar, drums and backup singer – all amazing performers. The audience was a great mix of people – women, men, old, young…and they loved it.

    The fact that people can’t stop talking about him, good and bad, is a sign of a rising star for sure. Thanks to all for keeping his name alive!

    Constantine – keep up the great work!

  42. Linda Cox Says:
    December 30th, 2005 at 3:21 pm

    Constantine was the most exciting and entertaining person on AI to date..he is so cool and fun to watch. If you did not see him in his solo show’s, you have no idea of how talented this young man is!
    His choice of songs and his vocals
    were exceptional, when he is your area,go see for yourself. You will be entertained..I promise.

  43. Linda Cox Says:
    December 30th, 2005 at 3:22 pm

    Constantine was the most exciting and entertaining person on AI to date..he is so cool and fun to watch. If you did not see him in his solo show’s, you have no idea of how talented this young man is!
    His choice of songs and his vocals
    were exceptional, when he is your area,go see for yourself. You will be entertained..I promise.

  44. violetpurple Says:
    December 30th, 2005 at 7:50 pm

    There was an sadness when Constantine left the AI Show. He is the most professional and exciting performer to be on that competition. He is going to be such a mega star that you will be dazzled beyond belief.

    Thank you for this article on him.

  45. SandyC Says:
    December 30th, 2005 at 9:42 pm

    This comment list is proof that you got #1 right on your CONtroversy list… Thanks, Reality TV for providing a forum to all to express our opinions.

    And there are many more than 20 fans, there are probably 20 fan =boards= backing Mr. Maroulis…

    To each his own, and my “own” is Constantine…
    Happy New Year 2006, everyone! I’m looking forward to a fantastic year for my favorite artist!
    Peace, love, and understanding in 2006…

  46. haha Says:
    December 31st, 2005 at 9:47 am

    this is quite hilarious. the whole debate. we all really have too much time on our hands. yes, me too… lalala.. happy new year reality tv folks!

  47. Mary Beth Says:
    January 1st, 2006 at 1:33 am

    From http://www.orlandosentinel.com

    (Not so) grand marshal

    Our position: Orlando’s Citrus Parade deserved better than a talent-show contestant.

    Posted December 31, 2005

    Spectators at the Orlando Citrus Parade on Friday could be forgiven for not appreciating its grand marshal. Only diehard fans of American Idol, Fox’s amateur singing contest, would have recognized Constantine Maroulis, an also-ran from last spring’s competition.

    Were there no better choices available to lead Orlando’s premier parade than a C-list singer from New York? How about one of the actors, athletes or astronauts who have called Central Florida home? Even a politician might have been an improvement.

    Better yet, how about a local veteran of the current conflicts in Iraq or Afghanistan? Surely that would have been more inspiring than Mr. Maroulis, who said on the American Idol Web site that his toughest obstacle in life has been “finding work . . . keeping work.”

    ***************

    Looks like even the Sentinel people weren’t all that impressed.

  48. Anonymous Says:
    January 1st, 2006 at 4:27 pm

    Actually, it just proves the writers of this RealityTV Mag article got it right about Constantine being a controversial figure.

    From another writer, at the same newspaper referenced above:

    http://www.orlandosentinel.com/orl-parade3105dec31,0,5425237.story

    All hail the ‘Idol’

    Singer Constantine Maroulis from the hit TV show draws fans to the annual float fest.

    Rich Mckay | Sentinel Staff Writer

    Posted December 31, 2005

    “It’s Constantine! Constantine’s downstairs!” a secretary yelled as she ran through Gail Hering’s office in downtown Orlando on Friday morning.

    Hering, 37, and her friend Tammy Bell, 33, fled the office and rushed to the elevator.

    Work would wait.

    Rounding the corner from Anderson Street was the grand marshal of the 25th annual Orlando Citrus Parade, Constantine Maroulis, crooning “She Talks to Angels” by The Black Crowes.

    Bell, armed with a hastily borrowed camera, clicked away and prayed that the camera worked as Maroulis’ float from Cingular Wireless eased down the street.

    “Did you get the picture?” Hering asked as Bell fiddled with the buttons.

    “I don’t know. Wait. I got it,” said Bell, beaming like a love-struck teenager. “We love Constantine.”

    The performer from American Idol was easily the biggest draw at the two-hour parade that had a crowd of 80,000 people watching.

  49. Anonymous Says:
    January 9th, 2006 at 2:44 pm

    One of Vote for the Worst’s candidates was Constantine Maroulis. In my opinion, they helped keep him in the game in the beginning, just as they did for Scott.

  50. www.lake-shore.co.uk Says:
    October 11th, 2007 at 9:55 am

    Excellent choices! Once again your comment section becomes the playground of the 10

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