Ryan Seacrest started a playful rumor on ‘American Idol‘ this week,REPEATEDLY asking country artist wanna be Skylar Laine and rocker Colton Dixon if they are dating. After the two dueted to Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson‘s ‘Don’t You Wanna Stay’, the dating jokes began. But, the same thing happened to Phillip Phillips and Elise Testone after their duet. I think AI just likes to try and get something going to help with sagging ratings.

And while Laine and Dixon both deny dating rumors, the two seem to be having fun with the whole thing and not taking it too seriously. When Zap2It asked Laine if she and Dixon were a real-life couple, the country gal said, “No! We don’t want anyone dating. That would be weird because they’re all our family!”

Skylar's boyfriend of three years, 20-year-old Joseph Dominick seems to be laid-back about the whole thing. :-)