American Idol's Pia Toscano: What's Fact, What's Fiction

2:37 PM PST 04/11/2011 by THR staff
Michael Becker / FOX

Former American Idol contestant Pia Toscano made headlines over the weekend for two rumors. 

So, what’s fact and what’s fiction? Read on.
 
1. She has signed a record deal.
Less than 24 hours since leaving the show, an Internet report claimed she already inked a deal with Interscope Records. But a spokesperson for the label tells USA Today, "This Pia thing is all just a rumor." According to ABC News, Toscano said Monday on Live With Regis and Kelly: "There's been so many great opportunities. But I'm focusing right now on the [summer] tour. Possibly you'll hear something after the tour."
 
2. She’s dating Dancing With the Stars’ Mark Ballas.
The two shared a dinner date in Los Angeles on Friday, but Toscano is downplaying romance rumors. “We went out with a group of friends,” she tells People. “He's just a really good friend, I guess." The two have plenty in common as well. "Me and Mark vibe well together because he knows what I'm going through," she says. "He gets judged every week and he's kind of on a similar show, only I'm singing and he's dancing, so he's a really nice person to have support from.” She isn’t surprising people are talking about her personal life. "I really asked myself before I auditioned, 'Am I going to be able to handle everyone talking about my personal life?' And I am and that comes with the territory of this whole business," she says. "I guess if you're being talked about it's a flattering thing. It's a good thing that people want to know more about you so I'm okay with it." 
 
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