The contestants 'really like' each other

X Factor hopeful Ella Henderson has admitted that she has a soft spot for fellow contestant George Shelley.

Ella says she’d consider hooking up with the Union J singer once this series of the ITV programme is over.

‘Yes, I admit we do really like each other. It’s hard because our schedules are so busy that you don’t have the time for a romance…but you never know after the show,’ says Ella, 16.

‘Everyone keeps telling me how cute we are together and we do have so much in common.’

Ella is one of the favourites to win this year’s X Factor and is ‘focusing on her performances’ to make sure she goes as far as possible in the competition.

She and George, 19 – whose band found themselves in the sing-off with Jade Ellis last weekend – are supporting each other through the process.

‘We really get along,’ Ella tells the Daily Star.

‘He’s my best friend.’

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Anna Duff