Mark Ballas Pia Toscano
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Dancing with the Stars’ pro Mark Ballas got caught up in the whirlwind of press surrounding Pia Toscano, the latest woman to get booted from American Idol. He and the attractive crooner were reportedly seen out on the town, but Ballas tried to downplay the rumors after Monday’s installment of DWTS.

“We hung out man,” he told reporters. “She was my favorite. She’s doing good. She’s going to be fine.”

When asked how he met Toscano, Ballas would only say “just around.” (DWTS tapes right next door to American Idol at the CBS Television Studios in Los Angeles). “She is an amazing talent and this is probably going to turn out good for her. I think she’s going to be all right. There’s always light a t the end of the tunnel and she’s got a ridiculously amazing voice and I think she’ll be fine.”

Ballas also addressed the angry comments made by Len Goodman about his performance Monday with Chelsea Kane. (The judge took issue with Ballas’ decision to update the 300-year-old Viennese waltz).

“I get what he’s saying but I don’t necessarily agree because I had all the technical things in there – reverse turns, shadow of reverse turns, natural turns,” Ballas said. “He just likes things a certain way and I’ve just never been that way my eight seasons, everybody knows that. And I think it’s fun to do things different and entertaining – this is a show to entertain – as long as you can add some of the technique. I don’t do it on purpose to wind him up. I do it because I think it’s fun and entertaining for the audience.”

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