'Idol' Star Constantine Maroulis on the Secret to Seducing the Camera

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Constantine Maroulis photographed in 2012.

When the season-four American Idol finalist first crafted his performance of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody,” he was told by director Bruce Gowers “to look into that camera and all of those girls at home.” The now 40-year-old singer-actor details the secret to the seduction.

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Find A Focus Point
“An auditioning technique I learned at the Boston Conservatory was to find a point above people’s heads,
so you’re not staring at a clock. But essentially you are staring at a clock -- and that’s who you’re going to tell your story to.”


Find "Camera One"
“'Camera one' was all way in the back of the studio and is the one that feels like you're looking at [the people at] home. I always knew where that camera was, and while I would look at members of the audience, I’d always bring it back to that. I would sketch it out in my head and work on it in rehearsal.”

Close Your Eyes (But Not For Too Long!)
“You have to know when to close your eyes during a song -- you can’t do it for 16 bars, which a lot of people do. And if I was sitting down, I’d get up and walk toward the camera. These are the things I was thinking about.”

Embrace Your Inner Heartthrob
“I could see the way they were portraying me on the show -- the rocker, bad boy, heartthrob. I’m a trained actor, so I started to play into that character, but in a way that was subtle.”

-- Reporting by Michele Amabile Angermiller

A version of this story originally appeared in the March 25 issue of Billboard.


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