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Are Jordin Sparks and Steph Jones, a singer-songwriter and ex-model to whom she has been romantically linked, ready to take it to the next level?

"We don't know whether or not to go further or to just keep the friendship," the singer, 19, told People at the 57th Annual BMI Pop Awards. "It's crazy. We've got the feelings, but we don't know whether or not to say it out loud."

One thing is for sure: Steph Jones keeps her feeling bubbly inside: "He's a really good guy," the sixth American Idol champ says. "A lot of fun."

So how did the two initially link up? Jordin Sparks proudly admits it was she who made the first move: "I met him two years ago," she says.

"He was writing for Blake Lewis, who got second place [on Season 6 of American Idol]. I was like, 'Can I get your contact information because you are a songwriter?' I was still working on my album and he was the only person I knew in L.A."

"Every time I would come I would say, 'Hey, you want to hang out?' "

They did just that.

The pair have been seen cheering at L.A.'s Lakers-Rockets playoff game at L.A.'s Staples Center and slow dancin' to Michael Buble's live rendition of (the appropriately titled) "Me and Mrs. Jones" during the Gamble and Huff icon tribute.

"We've gotten really close," Jordin confirms, although the question of whether the two will start dating officially is still up in the air. For now.

"We'll see what happens," says Sparks.

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American Idol winner Jordin Sparks and Steph Jones, her model/singer beau, took in the sights at the Los Angeles Lakers-Houston Rockets game last night in L.A.

They look like a very happy couple ...

Sparks, Jordin

Houston-born Steph, 24, was pulling for the visitors, Tweeting “Cali is mad quiet [right] now… I can here a pen drop n this bad boy… LETS GO ROCKETS!!!!!”

Hope Steph's other traits make up for his lack of spelling acumen.

The American Idol winner, 19, offered her own post-game reactions via Twitter: “What an amazing game to go to! So much drama! Whooooooo! 1-1 this is gonna be an awesome series! (still not rooting for LA) LOL!”

The Lakers ultimately shut down the Rockets, 111-98, evening the series 1-1 and leaving Steph Jones disappointed. Oh well. At least he has Jordin Sparks.

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