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THR's 'Idol Hangover' Live Talk Show Kicks Off With Past Finalists Blake Lewis and Didi Benami

The Hollywood Reporter's first live original series hosted by music editor Shirley Halperin and THR.com editor Joseph Kapsch will feature "American Idol" alumni guests, in-studio performances and Season 11 interviews. The pilot webisode debuts Friday, March 2 at 11 a.m. PST/2 p.m. EST.

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The Hollywood Reporter will premiere THR.com's first talk show "Idol Hangover" on Friday, March 2 live from Hollywood.

The series, hosted by THR music editor Shirley Halperin and THR.com editor Joseph Kapsch, will feature commentary and analysis of the week's performances and elimination during lively discussions with a rotating roster of past seasons' finalists, show insiders and top "American Idol" media personalities from around the country.

THR has also tapped Season 9 finalist Didi Benami as special "Idol" correspondent for the season. Didi's red carpet and backstage interviews with the show's judges and Top 13 contenders will also be featured on THR.com's "Idol Hangover," taking fanatical viewers even closer to the search for the music industry's next Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood.

Joining Didi on the couch for the inaugural "Idol Hangover" episode will also be Season 6's runner-up Blake Lewis, as well as a special visit from THR's "Idol" contributor Fred Bronson.

The show will feature in-studio performances and viewers will get the opportunity to interact with guests via THR's official @Idol_Worship Twitter account by using the #idolhangover hashtag.

Encore episodes of the live after-show will be available for replay at THR.com as well as The Hollywood Reporter's official UStream channel.