X Factor favourite Ella Henderson has been gushing about her "best friend" George Shelley.
Ella and the Union J singer were spotted hand in hand last week, apparently on their first public date.
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.”
However Ella has insisted that the pair are just pals.
In a new interview with Glamor magazine, the 16-year-old said: "We are just really, really close at the moment.
“We’re best friends”.
However she went on to hint that the pair's relationship could change once the live shows finish next month.
She added: “Who knows after the show?”
George meanwhile revealed he’d also be up for taking things more seriously with Ella once they had both finished the show.
He told the official ITV1 website this month: “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?”
The X Factor continues with its live shows this weekend with a guilty pleasures theme.
Sunday's results show will feature performances from Alicia Keys and Olly Murs, as well as one more act being given the boot.