Mark Ballas and Pia Toscano ‘Vibe Well Together,’ She Says

Mark Ballas and Pia Toscano

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updated 04/11/2011 AT 3:00 PM ET

originally published 04/11/2011 AT 4:00 PM ET

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Her shocking elimination had American Idol watchers buzzing last week, but this week it’s Pia Toscano’s relationship with Dancing with the Stars pro Mark Ballas that has everyone talking.

“Mark is a really sweet guy,” Toscano, who went on a date with Ballas in Los Angeles on Friday, told PEOPLE Monday in New York. “We went out with a group of friends. He’s just a really good friend, I guess.”

Toscano, who was a frontrunner on Idol before her surprising departure, said Ballas can relate to her whirlwind experience on Fox’s hit talent competition.


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