LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Just like the Academy Awards, ``American Idol'' now merits its own pre-show. Beginning Tuesday, the TV Guide Channel will present an hourlong, live pre-show before each of this season's remaining ``American Idol'' telecasts.

``Idol Tonight'' will feature appearances by ejected contestants and past ``Idol'' stars, plus interviews with vocal coaches, casting agents and industry insiders. Exclusive footage, including auditions, outtakes and post-performance confessions, will also be shown on the weekly program, a show publicist said Monday.

Hosted by former ``Idol'' finalist Kimberly Caldwell and one-time ``Popstars'' contestant Rosanna Tavarez, ``Idol Tonight'' will air at 7 p.m. and will capture the red carpet vibe outside ``American Idol,'' said Ryan O'Hara, president of the TV Guide Channel.

``Idol Tonight'' will be broadcast from CBS Television City, where Fox's ``American Idol'' is filmed.