Idol Constantine to Star in ABC Sitcom

Idol Constantine to Star in ABC Sitcom

09/29/2005 AT 02:00 PM EDT

Constantine Maroulis, who battled for the American Idol crown last season, isn't through with television just yet: The New York rocker has just signed a deal to star in an ABC sitcom produced by Kelsey Grammer's company, he tells PEOPLE in its latest issue.

No word yet on the name of the show, or what role he'll play. But the singer is optimistic about his career options. "My name is out there," he says. "I'm not nervous about the window closing."

Maroulis, 30, who finished in sixth place last season (Carrie Underwood won the competition), says "Idol" was the "best thing that's ever happened to me. I'm not cursed with that stigma of being the American Idol." Now free of his show commitments, Maroulis says he's also hard at work on a solo album.

The singer won a devoted following last season – among them Pulp Fiction director Quentin Tarantino. At a party in L.A. in June, Maroulis says Tarantino "kept saying I was going to be a big star. He was like, 'You sucked in the last song, but that's okay. You sang it great the night you went home.'"

His smolder also had the girls swooning, and now, "I get proposals all the time," says the unattached singer. "I'm not taking advantage of any of the offers. I have no time for that now."

For future reference, though, "I like girls who are focused on their career and that are a little old-fashioned."

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