Much to the joy of X Factor fans, Simon Cowell has accepted contestant Stevi Ritchie's invitation to dinner, and the two headed out to The Harvester in Colchester on Monday evening.
The dinner-for-two came about after Stevi extended an invitation for dinner to his mentor on this weekend's X Factor.
He initially broached the subject during rehearsals before repeating the offer after his performance of Footloose on Saturday's live show, while also inviting One Direction star Louis Tomlinson.
Stevi shared his success in securing dinner with the music mogul, tweeting, "Ok so im having a meal at harvester with the boss man himself mr simon cowell and im sooooo nervous xx".
The pair were then spotted by a fan of the ITV show, who snapped the duo and shared their surprise on Twitter.
"So @SimonCowell is at my local Harvester with @THESTEVIRITCHIE. Casual Monday evening #amazing #xfactor," they tweeted alongside of a snap of the pair tucking into a salad bowl.
Later, Simon thanked his host for dinner: "Thanks for dinner Stevi", before adding what he had chosen to eat at the local restaurant: "Scampi and chips at the Harvester. Delicious".
Despite his nerves, Stevi enjoyed the evening with his new "best friend", updating his thousands of fans: "Really enjoyed my lovely dinner with my best friend and mentor @SimonCowell it was amazing such a great night thank you bossman xx."
October 27, 2014
The pair were spotted dining together by an X Factor fan, who shared the snap on Twitter
Stevi is considered by some as the novelty act on the talent contest. Simon has said that he doesn't think Ritchie can win the competition, but plans on keeping him on the show for as long as possible.
It seems they might be heading out for dinner again soon, next time joined by Louis, who tweeted at the weekend: "Now then @THESTEVIRITCHIE when me you and @SimonCowell going to harvester ?"