Simon Cowell and Louis Walsh couldn't resist teasing fellow judge Nicole Scherzinger over rumours she's been dating Thom Evans.
Former rugby star Thom has been performing as part of boy band Try Star on The X Factor: Celebrity.Despite saying he had sworn off women while on the show, it has since been reported he's secretly dating judge Nicole.
On last night's show, Try Star performed a rendition of The Greatest Show from the hit movie The Greatest Showman.
Nicole hadn't even commented on the performance before Simon gave Louis a cheeky wink.
You really love this act a lot.
"Oh my gosh this is the greatest show and that was the greatest way to open the show tonight, boys," Nicole enthused.
"Seriously it's the greatest show because you have three rugby players up here who turned out to be true showmen, gentlemen. Last week you were winning wet T-shirt contests and this week you look like a million bucks."
Seemingly confirming the romance rumours, Louis said: "Nicole, I agree with you but you really love this act a lot. And I like the fact you love them so much. She genuinely cares about them, Simon."
A grinning Simon cut in: "I agree she is invested in this act. She likes the act."
According to The Sun, Nicole, 41, and Thom, 34, recently spent a romantic evening together following weeks of flirting.
"Thom is completely Nicole's type. And for his part, Thom was smitten early on - he's always said Nicole is one of the most beautiful women in the world," a source is reported to have told the newspaper.
"He fancied her long before meeting her on the show. He was initially a bit nervous about starting something up and ruining his chances on the series, but they had great chemistry from the off."
The source continued: "And after weeks of texting, Thom finally plucked up the courage to ask her out, and took her for dinner."
- X Factor: Celebrity continues next Saturday on ITV at 7.10pm
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