THE RUMOUR: Tournament favourite Ella Henderson – at the time of writing, the Tetney troubadour is a miserly 10/11 at the bookies – is in demand. Male contestants are queuing up to be part of a talent-show power couple, with Ella “dating” George Shelley, the latest member of Union J, but then having to fend off romantic entreaties from Dan Ferrari-Lane, who is one of the key creative forces behind the music of District3. Don’t worry, Ella turned 16 a while ago, so none of this is in any way uncomfortable.
QUOTE FROM A “SOURCE” WHO PROBABLY DOESN’T EXIST: “Dan has a crush on Ella – but he can’t own up to it now she and George are so joined at the hip.” (The Sun)
RADIOTIMES.COM TRUTH RATING: 0/5. So-and-so fancies whatsisname is the oldest headline-grabber in the X Factor book. Ella and Dan have already tweeted that it’s all a load of, in a wholly non-literal sense, balls.