X Factor finalist Craig Colton has denied reports that he is dating former finalist Danyl Johnson despite claims that they are an item.

According to The Sun the 22-year-old has become increasingly friendly with Danyl – who finished fourth in the competition in 2009 – after they met backstage on a recent edition of the show.

And the paper claims they have since been spotted kissing on London’s South Bank – while Craig is said to have rushed home from a Children In Need gala dinner in Manchester to go shoppping with 29-year-old Danyl.

They also went to see the West End musical Ghost this week, and were seen leaving in Danyl’s car afterwards – and a source told The Sun that they were “very much the item”.

“Everyone thought they were just swapping war stories from their experiences on the show but it turned out it’s blossomed,” the insider said.

However Craig has since said that he is “just good friends” with Danyl, who is openly bisexual – and said that he and Danyl had become friendly after he played him some tracks from his forthcoming album.

He added that Danyl had made him feel at ease and given him “peace of mind” that it was possible to have a career without winning the show.

And rumours of the relationship have not gone down well with fellow finalist Marcus Collins, who has warned Craig against getting too close.

“Marcus has warned Craig he needs to concentrate on his performances and not get distracted,” a source added. “He’s worried for his friend.”

Craig is rumoured to be performing a song from a James Bond film on Saturday night’s movie-themed edition of the show.