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For Toscano, Coliseum show is homecoming

For Pia Toscano, taking the Nassau Coliseum stage Tuesday night was a sort of homecoming.

"I've seen so many shows here -- I saw Jay-Z here," said the Howard Beach native Tuesday backstage after rehearsals for the "American Idols Live." "I can't even fathom being on the same stage that he was on. I'm beyond excited."

Another reason for Toscano's excitement, aside from her recent signing to Interscope Records and the release of her debut single, "This Time," was the chance to spend some increasingly rare time with her family and friends at the Nassau Coliseum shows Tuesday night and Wednesday night.

"I have a lot of connections to Long Island," the ninth-place finisher said. "Half of my family lives here and I went to cosmetology school at Brittany Beauty School in Levittown."

Toscano won't be heading back to Levittown any time soon, though. After the tour wraps up, she'll be working on her debut album, due out in November.

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