Max George lights a cigarette after being kissed by J-Lo

Someone looks pleased with himself! The Wanted's Max George lights a cheeky cigarette after kiss from admirer J-Lo

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00:29 GMT, 7 April 2012

He described it as 'one of the best days of my life'.

So it's no wonder that Max George is still looking pleased with himself after receiving a kiss from Jennifer Lopez after The Wanted's performance on American Idol last night.

The 23-year-old was seen grinning from ear-to-ear as he lit up a cheeky cigarette outside The Wanted's hotel in Los Angeles today.

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Still aglow: Max George looked pretty pleased with himself this morning after receiving a kiss from Jennifer Lopez on American Idol last night

Still aglow: Max George looked pretty pleased with himself this morning after receiving a kiss from Jennifer Lopez on American Idol last night

Still aglow: Max George looked pretty pleased with himself this morning after receiving a kiss from Jennifer Lopez on American Idol last night

Reliving the moment Max looked in a particularly good mood as he chatted to fans

Reliving the moment Max looked in a particularly good mood as he chatted to fans

Chatting to a few female fans, it was clear that even hours later he remained aglow with delight at he experience.

Sipping on a large bottle of water, he appeared to be re-hydrating after the strenuous evening.

Band mate Nathan Sykes looked as though he was trying to boost his energy levels after their performance as he sipped on a can of red bull.

Still recovering: Nathan Sykes sipped a red bull as he greeted the hordes of female fans

Still recovering: Nathan Sykes sipped a red bull as he greeted the hordes of female fans

Time for their fans: Though they must have been very tired after the previous night both Nathan and Max made an effort to mingle

Time for their fans: Though they must have been very tired after the previous night both Nathan and Max made an effort to mingle

The pair both chatted and posed for photos obligingly with a group of female fans outside their hotel.

Jennifer was seen clapping along and cheering last night as the five-piece British band belted out one of their greatest hits, Glad You Came on American Idol.

And cheeky Max decided to take advantage of the Idol judge's soft spot for him.

Word spread: The crowd of admirers outside grew as the day continued

Word spread: The crowd of admirers outside grew as the day continued

Livening up: Max and Tom Parker looked like they were trying to summon the energy for another busy day

Livening up: Max and Tom Parker looked like they were trying to summon the energy for another busy day

Livening up: Max and Tom Parker looked like they were trying to summon the energy for another busy day

Happy to oblige: Several female fans were keen to get autographs from their idols

Happy to oblige: Several female fans were keen to get autographs from their idols

Have a hug: Jay McGuiness wasn't afraid to get up close and personal with his fans

Have a hug: Jay McGuiness wasn't afraid to get up close and personal with his fans

Have a hug: Jay McGuiness wasn't afraid to get up close and personal with his fans

Coming up behind the panel of judges,
Max pats Randy Jackson on the shoulder before moving his attentions on
to a clearly delighted Jennifer, who spins around in her chair and
dances while she is serenaded.

Jennifer
is then seen grabbing Max around the waist for a hug as he belts out
the tune, before the singer is later seen cheekily grabbing Lopez for a
kiss before making his way back to the stage for the closing notes of
the track.

Max later took
to his Twitter page to tell fans how much he had enjoyed performing on
the show, writing: 'One of the best days of my life…thanks america!!'

Superstar new fan: The Wanted's Max George and Jennifer Lopez cosied up backstage after the band's performance on American Idol

Superstar new fan: The Wanted's Max George and Jennifer Lopez cosied up backstage after the band's performance on American Idol

Meet my mates! Jennifer also posed up with the rest of The Wanted ahead of their performance

Meet my mates! Jennifer also posed up with the rest of The Wanted ahead of their performance

Sweet serenade: Max was seen singing directly to Jennifer as the group performed Glad You Came

Sweet serenade: Max was seen singing directly to Jennifer as the group performed Glad You Came

She does like a toyboy! Jennifer was seen dancing along in her chair during the performance, before turning around to give Max a big hug around the waist

She does like a toyboy! Jennifer was seen dancing along in her chair during the performance, before turning around to give Max a big hug around the waist

She does like a toyboy! Jennifer was seen dancing along in her chair during the performance, before turning around to give Max a big hug around the waist

He then shared a picture of himself and Jennifer cosying up backstage, with the caption: '@JLo youre awesome!!!! X'

Going for it: Cheeky Max then came up behind Jennifer and gave her a big kiss

Going for it: Cheeky Max then came up behind Jennifer and gave her a big kiss

However, it remains to be seen exactly what Max's fiance Michelle Keegan and Jennifer's toyboy Casper Smart make of the pair's new friendship.

As well as posing up with Jennifer, Max and his Wanted bandmates Siva Kaneswaran, Jay McGuiness, Tom Parker and Nathan Sykes shared pictures of themselves with the singer's fellow judges Randy Jackson and Steven Tyler, before also posting a shot with US designer Tommy Hilfiger.

After the performance, the boys wrote on their Twitter page: 'Thank you to everyone who tuned in tonight… that was the most unbelievable experience to date #TheWantedOnIdol.'

They later added: 'Thank you again to everyone for sharing a special moment with us today #TheWantedOnIdol.'

The Wanted's performance on Idol is the latest indication that their success in America is here to stay.

And the boys said in a recent interview that they are hoping to emulate the success of The Beatles.

Belting it out: The group were met with cheers and screams from the audience following their energetic rendition of Glad You Came

Belting it out: The group were met with cheers and screams from the audience following their energetic rendition of Glad You Came

Did you like that Jennifer and fellow judge Randy Jackson applauded enthusiastically after the performance

Did you like that Jennifer and fellow judge Randy Jackson applauded enthusiastically after the performance

Jay
explained to Closer magazine: 'We want to become a huge global act and
be able to go to every country and sell out a gig. In all honesty, we
want to be as big as The Beatles.'

Jay also said that while another British band are making a splash Stateside, they are not rivals with One Direction.

He added: 'The Wanted and One
Direction are in two different arenas. One Direction are smashing the
teen magazines and doing the Justin Bieber kind of thing.

Posing up: The boys also posed for a photo with Randy and the third Idol judge, Steven Tyler

Posing up: The boys also posed for a photo with Randy and the third Idol judge, Steven Tyler

Having fun: The boys were accompanied by a group of scantily-clad sexy female dancers

Having fun: The boys were accompanied by a group of scantily-clad sexy female dancers

'I'm glad they're doing so well
because I've met them and think they're really nice. But we swear in
interviews and don't have their cute little faces, so a lot of the
teenage magazines tend to avoid us.

'Our music gets played in the clubs and on the radio, so we have very different audiences.

The man behind the clothing range: The boys also posed for a photo with US designer Tommy Hilfiger

The man behind the clothing range: The boys also posed for a photo with US designer Tommy Hilfiger

Anticipation: The boys posted a shot of the sign outside their dressing room, as well as a picture of themselves gearing up for the performance of their lives

Anticipation: The boys posted a shot of the sign outside their dressing room, as well as a picture of themselves gearing up for the performance of their lives

Anticipation: The boys posted a shot of the sign outside their dressing room, as well as a picture of themselves gearing up for the performance of their lives