Ah, the old “we’re just friends” song-and-dance routine. Only this time it’s with people who do actual song and dance routines. It’s so literal!
Recently booted American Idol contestant Pia Toscano stopped by The Ellen DeGeneres Show (the episode airs today on NBC, check local listings) to continue her “Maybe someone will please explain to me how the hell I got kicked off?!” tour, to which host and fellow former short-lived Idol resident Ellen DeGeneres had no answers, only sympathy: “You have the most beautiful voice … I hope everybody is looking at this going, ‘We got to vote for people,’ because I think that people thought you had it made.”
But, there was a far more pressing matter at hand: Is Pia dating Dancing with the Stars‘ dancing star Mark Ballas?
DeGeneres, never one to shy away from asking her guests about their rumored romances, not-so-subtly slipped the Ballas gossip into their chat. After telling Toscano, “You have such a beautiful voice,” she added, “now you have a very handsome boyfriend.” Well played, DeGeneres, well played. When she asked, “How is that going?”, Toscano gave the time-honored response, given by celebrities playing coy the world over, “I’m really just focusing right now on my music.”
She continued, “I just met [Ballas] … he’s a very sweet guy … we’re just friends.” To which DeGeneres replied on behalf of everyone, “Uh huh, whatever.” Watch the clip below.
Still, you’ve got to give the girl credit: For someone relatively new to the fame scene, she’s got the lingo down pat. Not to mention the fact that she’s got legions of fans hoping that she actually is going to focus on her music career, rather than become, say, a tabloid fixture.
And, hey, we could be totally wrong and Toscano and Ballas — perhaps they really are just friends. But, oh, think of the double dating possibilities! Fellow AI/DWTS crossover couple Ryan Seacrest and Julianne Hough could join them for dinner, during which they could delve into deep discussions about the reality television lifestyle and how really, really ridiculously good-looking they are. And Toscano and Hough would probably chat, too.