X Factor judges Simon Cowell and Dannii Minogue were "genuinely in love", it has been claimed in a new book this week.
Details of the pair's supposed romance have come to light in The Intimate Life Of Simon Cowell, by Tom Bower.
In the book, out this year, Simon is quoted as saying: "I had a crush on her. It was Dannii's hair, the sexy clothes and the t**s. I was like a schoolboy. She was foxy. She was a real man's girl. Very feminine."
He adds: "It was genuine love."
The fling, which was denied by the pair in 2008, quickly cooled off after just one year.
Instead, Simon reportedly became "obsessed" with Cheryl Cole, saying he was "mesmerised" by her visits to his dressing room backstage on the show.
Dannii split with her long-term boyfriend Kris Smith earlier this month.