Jimmy Kimmel hologram gets its nose picked by country star

Making TV history, "Jimmy Kimmel Live" celebrates the Country Music Awards with hologram interviews and performances from country music stars Kacey Musgraves and Florida Georgia Line.

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What's a hologram show without a Princess Leia "Star Wars" joke? Video screenshot by Bonnie Burton/CNET

Princess Leia isn't the only hologram in the galaxy. On Wednesday's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," right after the 48th Annual Country Music Association awards, Kimmel found himself in two places at once.

While entertaining his studio audience in Hollywood, Kimmel made television history by simultaneously beaming his image on to the CMA Theater in Nashville as a hologram. At the CMA Theater, the audience saw Kimmel both on two large video screens and as a hologram projection from his Hollywood studio with help from the technology company Hologram USA.

When interviewing celebrities via hologram, you might as well ask them to pick your nose. Video screenshot by Bonnie Burton/CNET

"I'm either a hologram or I died and am haunting this theater right now," Kimmel told the audience.

Soon, Kimmel was joined onstage by one of the show's regular characters, Guillermo Rodriguez, who was dressed as Princess Leia -- hair buns and all -- from the original "Star Wars" films.

"Help me Jimmy, you're my only hope," Rodriguez said.

Kimmel joked, "I don't remember Princess Leia having a mustache."

Kimmel had some fun with the hologram technology, making it look like Rodriguez was merely a disembodied head to the audience's delight.

Later in the show, Kimmel interviewed CMA winner Kacey Musgraves, who was beamed to the Hollywood stage via hologram.

The program did have a few hiccups. Because Kimmel had to rely on monitors to gauge where Musgraves was projected on his stage as well, the interaction seemed stilted and awkward. A simple handshake was a bizarre undertaking, though it did get a few laughs from the audience. In fact, Kimmel encouraged Musgraves to virtually pick his nose.

Musgraves won big at the CMAs for "Best Country Album" and "Best Country Song," but Kimmel was more interested in mentioning that her hair was trending on Twitter, and then asked to virtually touch her tresses.

While Kimmel did chat with the award-winning singer about her performance at the CMAs, it was clear the hologram, and not the actual singer, would be the star of the show. In fact, the interview was cut short so he could in turn shrink the singer down for a visual gag.

The country music band Florida Georgia Line performed their songs "Sun Daze" and "Anything Goes" both via hologram onto Kimmel's outdoor stage, much like Jefferson Starship did in " Star Wars Holiday Special."

While this was fun experiment for "Jimmy Kimmel Live," Mashable reports that Hologram USA hopes to purchase "the intellectual property of deceased iconic celebrities and working with their estates in hopes of putting together 90-minute concerts in key markets."