Chris Harrison & Justin Bieber's mom: New power couple?

Oct 4, 2012 at 5:14 p.m. ET

Chris Harrison and Justin Bieber's mom were photographed together earlier this week. Is there a love match? Not so fast...

Chris Harrison dating Justin Bieber's mom?

Ryan Seacrest has apparently added matchmaker to his expansive resume. The American Idol host hooked up Justin Bieber's mom with the newly single host of The Bachelor, Chris Harrison.

"Had a great night w @chrisbharrison! Thanks @ryanseacrest for setting it up," Pattie Mallette tweeted on Tuesday night.

"Huge thanks to @justinbieber @pattiemallette for an incredible night. Huge cool dad pts! Great show!" Harrison added.

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OK, so the pair only took a photo together backstage at Bieber's Los Angeles concert. Still, we don't think The Bieb's mom has a boyfriend, so they could date.

Seacrest seems to be behind the match, too.

"Does he get a rose?" he tweeted back.

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Harrison is used to matching up others as the host of the hit ABC show, but he couldn't make his 18-year marriage to now ex-wife Gwen work. An unexpected upside of the split is that Harrison now understands what The Bachelor and Bachelorette contestants go through.

"Now having felt heartbreak, I know what these people have gone through and what they're searching for," Harrison said in May after announcing his divorce. "Everybody wants love; everybody wants companionship and that's what makes this show so simple but so genius."

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Then again, Harrison might be waiting for Emily Maynard's inevitable split from Jef Holm. In the spring, rumors emerged that the host has quite a crush on the blond Bachelorette.

Former Bachelor star Vienna Girardi even fanned the flames in an interview with RadarOnline.

"I vacationed with Chris and his family in St. Lucia and know him well. He was never with his wife. He's such a flirt," she said in May. "I guarantee Emily and Chris will end up together in the end. If she gets engaged to another man, the show will probably spin it as a love triangle."

That hasn't happened (yet), but for now we're pulling for a Pattie/Chris hookup.

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