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I stopped by WBRE’s “PA Live!” for my weekly segment, “The Ralphie Report.” This week, the topics included the break-up of Pia Toscano and Mark Ballas, along with the announcement that I will be judging this year’s Miss Pennsylvania USA pageant. I’ll also serve as a judge for the Miss Connecticut USA competition.

I will appear every Thursday on “PA Live!” – a new, daily show on WBRE that airs weekdays at 4 p.m. The show is co-hosted by Dave Kuharchik and Monica Madeja.

As “American Idol” finalist Pia Toscano is currently finding out, everything happens for a reason. The Season 10 contestant revealed on “The Ralphie Radio Show” that her early elimination from “Idol” afforded her a chance to get a head start on recording her debut album.

“I had a lot of time before we started the finale rehearsals and before we started tour, so I got about eight to nine songs done already for the album,” said Toscano of her first LP, set for a tentative November release on Interscope Records. “So now when I get off tour, we’re just going to finish up.”

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That also explains how Toscano was able to so quickly release a first single, “This Time,” after the season’s conclusion. It was a pace that has turned into a constant in her life: on August 3, 2010 she auditioned for the competition in New Jersey. The Queens, NY native has spent the past year gaining national fame while also finding a companion in “Dancing With the Stars” performer Mark Ballas.

“It kind of was like an overnight thing,” Toscano admitted of her success. “That was the scariest part, adapting to this life overnight.”

As Toscano is also currently finding out, “this life” can become tiring at times. But the singer, who despite barely sleeping the previous night seemed energetic during out chat, is doing her best to take it all in.

“It’s so much fun, we have a blast on tour,” she said. “This is the dream.”

First single from the “Idol” finalist, who recently signed a deal with Interscope Records.