XFactor news: Union J's JJ dating backing dancer Rithiely “Rithy” Pereira

Union J (X Factor 2012)

Union J singer JJ Hamblett is dating X Factor backing star Rithiely “Rithy” Pereira, it's been revealed.

Rithy is no stranger to reality telly herself, having competed in BBC One's flop series So You Think You Can Dance last year.

The Sun report this morning that the pair hit it off backstage and have already been on several "intimate" dates with one another.

"Smitten" JJ hooked up with Rithy after dumping his current girlfriend at the start of the live shows.

An insider told the newspaper: “JJ couldn’t take his eyes off Rithy the first time he spotted her backstage at The X Factor.

“They started chatting and she agreed to go out with him for a date. Now he’s really into her.”

Meanwhile, Xtra Factor host Caroline Flack has claimed that the boys are worried ahead of this weekend's semi final.

Sunday night saw the group avoid elimination in the sing off for the third time, and they remain favourites to go this weekend.

"It's going to be hard for them, there's only four acts left," Caroline said. "That was their third time in the bottom two, they were very worried.

"They are very pleased they got through but they're really worried they'll go this week.

"They all just want to make it through to the final .I thought Union had their best week this week, I thought they had a really good week."

The X Factor 2012 continues this weekend on ITV1 and ITV1HD with the final four acts singing songs that they hope will get them into the final.

On Sunday's results show, one more act get the axe and there will be performances from Pink and Tulisa.

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