James Maslow Is 'Flattered' by All the Peta Murgatroyd Dating Buzz

"She's beautiful and it's not such a bad thing," the equally attractive DWTS competitor tells PEOPLE

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Another season of Dancing with the Stars, another set of dating rumors to set straight.

Season 18’s token are-they-or-aren’t-they duo are Peta Murgatroyd, 27, and James Maslow, 23, who admitted in a package during Monday’s premiere that they did go on a date before they were ever partnered, but it never flourished into anything.

There’s nothing more to it than that – at least right now – the pair insists, calling all of the buzz about it “funny.”

Following their 21-point foxtrot, Maslow told PEOPLE backstage, “We’ll be asked the same question rephrased 17 times, and yet they expect different answers. On occasion, like in that package [they showed tonight], they’ll get [answers they want] because we’re just bored and we want to go.”

But the Big Time Rush band member can think of worse people to be romantically linked to than his sexy ballroom bestie.

“It’s fun, it’s all good and I’m flattered because she’s beautiful and it’s not such a bad thing,” he said. “But really, we’re just here just to dance.”

Speaking of dance, Maslow described the emotions he felt leading up to his big act.

“I’ve performed in front of 100,000 people live before, but I wasn’t as nervous as this because I was in my element then,” he explained. “I was singing and doing some dance moves that I’m comfortable with. This is something I’ve never done before. So yeah, I was really nervous, but I was also really excited.”

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