Lana Del Rey was spotted cozying up to shock rocker Marilyn Manson in Berlin, Germany earlier this week; She was abroad for the 2012 Echo Awards -- which explains the scheduling conflict that forced her to pre-tape her 'American Idol' performance

Del Rey and Manson were photographed together and were said to be flirting and holding hands at a charity event. Those certainly are signs of a budding romance -- or perhaps they are just overly affectionate friends. At this point, it's anyone's guess.

We noticed that Del Rey bears a wee bit of a resemblance to Manson's ex, actress Evan Rachel Wood.

Who knows, Manson could be good for LDR. He is a controversy magnet, courtesy of his antics, style and looks, which tend to get under the skin of the religious right, while she also generates plenty of attention and plenty of criticism over her live performance style. They seem to be polar opposites, but those attract.