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‘American Idol’ Gets Own Live Pre-Show

March 14, 2006

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.

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