The X Factor 2016: Are Emily Middlemas and Ryan Lawrie a couple?!

The Sun claims they've been dating since Bootcamp

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It appears love may already have blossomed behind the scenes of The X Factor 2016 - as contestants Emily Middlemas and Ryan Lawrie are reportedly dating.

According to The Sun, Emily and Ryan are now seeing each other after they became close during filming for Bootcamp.

Neither Emily nor Ryan have confirmed they're a couple, but they have been gushing about each other on social media - with Emily posting this snap on her Instagram.

"The pair individually are up there as the favourites to go on and win the show," the newspaper's source commented. "They didn’t go on the show looking for love but it seems to have blossomed.

"All the signs are looking really good for them to progress really well on the show."

The pair were seen acing their auditions on the first two episodes of the new series over the weekend.

Ryan appeared on Saturday's episode, with Nicole Scherzinger telling him: "I think you are a natural. You are super cute. You have a really good voice."

Simon Cowell also praised his "good energy", but wasn't keen about his song choice - 'Cecilia' by The Vamps.

Emily then returned to the show on Sunday - two years after she made it to Judges' Houses at the tender age of 15.

Her guitar rendition of Stevie Wonder's 'Master Blaster' had Simon saying: "It takes guts to come back when you’ve been that close, but I’m beginning to know who Emily is, and I like you more."

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