Mark Ballas: I Wasn't Trying to Grab Pia Toscano's Butt

05/01/2011 at 08:30 AM EDT

Dancing with the Stars Mark Ballas, Pia Toscano Butt Grab
Pia Toscano and Mark Ballas

Mark Ballas

Mark Ballas

It appears Mark Ballas and Pia Toscano are getting closer – much closer.

The Dancing with the Stars pro was photographed with his hand on the American Idol castoff's upper backside, but Ballas insists he wasn't copping a feel.

"That is me walking her," Ballas tells "She had really high heels on and I just wanted to keep my hand on her to keep her from falling."

When asked about his hand placement, Ballas blushed saying, "It was not on her booty, it was on her hip."

While the pair, who performed together on this week's Dancing with the Stars, haven't confirmed their relationship, they've been spotted out together all over Los Angeles.

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