idol new jersey bts 1 'American Idol': Constantine Maroulis, behind the scenes for New Jersey auditionsSeason 10 of “American Idol” is finally upon us — and what better place to ring it in than New Jersey? The Jan. 19 premiere shows off the new talent from the Jers, while paying homage to one that came before them.

idol new jersey bts 2 'American Idol': Constantine Maroulis, behind the scenes for New Jersey auditionsIt’s Constantine Maroulis, Season 4 finalist and Jersey’s other, other, other favorite son. We wonder what kind of reception gets in his home state…

idol new jersey bts 3 'American Idol': Constantine Maroulis, behind the scenes for New Jersey auditionsWell, of course. The folks in Jersey are an enthusiastic bunch, and almost all of them possess what any “American Idol” has to have: unfettering pride.

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