X Factor stars George Shelley and Ella Henderson have been growing closer, despite them claiming they're just friends.
Discussing talk of her District3’s Dan Ferrari-Lane, Ella recently told new! magazine: “We know each other, as we went to the same college, so it’s been nice to see a familiar face. But right now, everyone is so busy focusing on their music.
“Romance here isn’t an option for me, whether I have admirers or not.”
And Ella also dismissed recent tabloid claims that she is dating Union J’s George Shelly, telling the publication: “I’m always hanging out with the boys because I’m used to being around lads. It’s like being back at home, as I have two brothers.
George has also denied any romance, saying: “I’m not seeing Ella. We are just really close friends. We are each other’s agony aunts but nothing more."
But sources insist that the teenager pair are together, and have been told to try to keep it all a secret!
"Ella and George are really keen on one another," an insider says. "They've been spending most of their time in each other's hotel rooms.
"They'd like to make their relationship official as they hate keeping everything top secret."
A supposed pal of the pair told Closer magazine this week: "They are distancing themselves from the others and sneak off during breaks from rehearsals to go to their own quiet corner.
"Ella's said that although she's only been seeing him for a few weeks, they're serious about each other. George says she's his perfect woman."
Woman? She's only 16!
The X Factor 2012 continues this Saturday night with a spooky Halloween themed episode as the remaining ten contestants perform live once again.
The latest results show follows on Sunday when one more act will be given the boot.