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Ben Shephard appeared to take a liking to one of his contestants on Tipping Point this week, according to some cheeky ITV viewers.

On Tuesday's episode of the ITV quiz show, four new hopeful contestants – Ameed, Bex, Christine and John – walked into the studio to try their luck against the coin-pushing machine.

However, one player seemed to make more of an impression on handsome host Ben than all of the others – at least according to the viewers at home.

Bex, who described herself as an amateur golfer from Newcastle, made an impressive start during the first round and immediately shot into the lead – bagging £450.

It was clear that luck was on her side too, because she managed to bag a whopping £600 from a 12 counter drop early on.

However, eagle-eyed ITV viewers started to think that Ben took quite the shine to the golfer, with some cheeky fans taking to Twitter to joke that Ben was smitten with the quizzer.

One fan wrote: "Steady on Ben."

A second penned: "Ben is hoping for a cuddle with Bex."

At the end of the show, the impressive player made it to the final round – knocking out Christine in the process – and it was time to try and secure the golden £10k jackpot counter.

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It was a tense final showdown with the arcade machine, featuring some unsuccessful attempts at knocking the counter off of the platform, with Ben even shouting: "Come on Bex!" to will her to victory.

Bex finally struck gold, though, in an emotional moment which saw the player hug Ben in joy multiple times.

Unfortunately for Ben, though, that only added fuel to the fire for the bantering fans on Twitter to make more jokes at Ben being 'smitten' with the player.

One fan commented: "There's chemistry there."

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A second agreed and wrote: "Ben is loving having her in the final."

Despite the jokes, though, Ben is very happily married to Annie Perks and the pair share two sons.

They tied the knot all the way back in 2004 – after meeting as students at the University of Birmingham.

Delighted winner Bex said she wanted to use her winnings to fund a trip to Cedar Point – a US amusement park in Ohio.

Tipping Point airs week days at 4pm on ITV.

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