Credit: JD Pht Bx & MCGM/Splash News Photo: Mark Flashes a Thumbs Up

This is the pattern. Six months ago, Dancing with the Stars pro Mark Ballas was spotted on a first date with So You Think You Can Dance winner Jeanine Mason. They seemed to have a good time, but they also seemed to part as just friends.

Fast-forward to last week, when Mark was spotted on a first date with another beautiful brunette, recent American Idol Season 10 reject Pia Toscano.

Pia recently told People magazine “Mark is a really sweet guy. We went out with a group of friends. He's just a really good friend, I guess.”

Mark seemed to echo the friend thing to E! Online, which dispatched DWTS pro Lacey Schwimmer as guest correspondent to try to get juicy nuggets out of him.

"I'm not dating anybody," Mark told E!. "I was spotted out at dinner with somebody. … There were quite a few people there — it was a group. … We had a lovely evening."

So maybe Mark isn’t dating Pia. But why isn’t he dating Chelsie Hightower? They are still our DWTS dream couple.