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Dancing With The Stars

Mark Ballas Says He Had No Say in Getting Pia Toscano DWTS Gig

We all kinda assumed Dancing With the Stars pro Mark Ballas had pulled some strings and that’s how his "friend" Pia Toscano of American Idol got the cushy gig of singing on next week’s Season 12 Results Show. After all, other artists — like Toby Keith, who performed last night — are booked well in advance and Pia has only been free of Idol’s clutches for a couple of weeks.

However, when E! asked Mark if he worked his magic on the DWTS producers to get his special lady friend a singing spot while he danced to her music, Mark laughed and said, "I wish I could work my magic with the producers. No, I have no say in these things. I show up to my rehearsals on time, where I'm meant to be. And that's that."

So the producers just saw gold from the media-magnet relationship and mined it? Maybe. Idol and DWTS shoot in the same studio but there’s been surprisingly little crossover, except for former Idols like Jennifer Hudson singing on Results Shows. Oh, and the fact that former DWTS pro Julianne Hough is dating host Ryan Seacrest.

Mark added that he won’t be dancing alone when Pia performs. "I'm dancing with Karina [Smirnoff], so that should be awesome, because she is awesome. Both of them are awesome. Awesome vocalist, awesome dancer, so I'm excited.” Awesome!

We’re excited to see Mark’s chemistry with Pia in action, even if it’s from across the floor. But if he had nothing to do with her booking, is she the one who made some calls?

Source: E! Online

04.20.2011 / 09:26 PM EDT by Gina Carbone
Related: Dancing With The Stars, Character Relationships, Gossip, Mark Ballas

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