X Factor 2012 love birds Ella Henderson and George Shelley have gone out on a very public date.
16-year-old Ella and Union J singer George were spotted walking hand in hand in London this week, despite previously denying any relationship.
An onlooker blabbed as the couple were photographed on a romantic stroll: "They looked really sweet. It was clear they just wanted to be by themselves for a bit.”
A source commented: "Ella and George are the sweetest couple. It’s so lovely to see them together now they’re not denying it. They are thrilled they’ve both got far enough to get on the tour. It means they can spend more time together next year.”
Ella previously insisted the pair were just friends, but recently opened up: "I admit we do really like each other. Everyone keeps telling me how cute we look together.
"We really get along and he’s my best friend.”
George meanwhile revealed he'd be up for taking things more seriously with Ella once they had both finished the show.
He told the official ITV1 website: "Ella is like my little sister. It’s purely platonic. She’s a great girl.
“I would perhaps consider dating her after the show. Who knows?”
[cat c="the x factor"]The X Factor UK[/cat] live shows continue tonight at 8:05PM with a Best Of British theme.
Tomorrow evening's results show will feature performances from One Direction and Little Mix, as well as one more act being given the boot.