updated 04/11/2011 AT 3:00 PM ET
•originally published 04/11/2011 AT 4:00 PM ET
“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.