One Direction is set to make a guest appearance on the Nickelodeon comedy series “iCarly” as the group is poised to conquer America. All indications are that One Direction is going to become the biggest act from “The X Factor” U.K. to have success in the United States.
So far, “The X Factor” U.K. 2006 winner Leona Lewis has been the only “X Factor” U.K. act who has had major success in America, but One Direction could surpass Lewis in international popularity.
One Direction came in third place on “The X Factor” U.K. in 2010. Just like Lewis, One Direction was mentored by “The X Factor” executive producer Simon Cowell when he was a judge on the show. Lewis and One Direction are also signed to Syco Music, the record label that is co-owned by Cowell and Sony Music.
A telling sign that One Direction is going to be a big hit in America is that even before One Direction has released any music in the U.S., the group was greeted by hundreds of fans when One Direction arrived at Los Angeles International Airport on January 27, 2012. The Daily Mail has published paparazzi photos of One Direction arriving at the airport and the crowd of fans who were there to see One Direction. The group is in L.A. to tape its appearance on “iCarly” on January 30, 2012.
One Direction’s “iCarly” guest appearance will reportedly feature the group performing “What Makes You Beautiful,” which was a No. 1 hit on the U.K. singles chart in 2011. The song is also nominated for Best British Single at the 2012 Brit Awards, which will be presented on February 21 in London. The winners of the Brit Awards are chosen by voting from the public.
“What Makes You Beautiful” is the first single from One Direction’s debut album, “Up All Night.” The album was released in U.K. and Ireland in November 2011. As previously reported, the U.S. release for “Up All Night” (on Syco/Columbia Records) is March 20, 2012.
On February 24, 2012, One Direction embarks on its first North American tour, as the opening act for Big Time Rush. But if the early fan reactions to One Direction in the U.S. are any indication, then One Direction is likely to end up being the star attraction on the tour instead of headliner Big Time Rush.
In January 2012, One Direction completed its first headlining U.K. tour, which sold out in minutes. The month-long trek of arenas and large theaters started off getting bad reviews from music critics, but the tour ended with mostly good reviews from critics.
The five members of One Direction are 17-year-old Harry Styles (who turns 18 on February 1, 2012), 19-year-old Zayn Malik, 18-year-old Niall Horan, 20-year-old Louis Tomlinson and 18-year-old Liam Payne. They all originally auditioned for “The X Factor” as solo singers, but they were rejected on the show as solo singers and allowed to continue on “The X Factor” if they formed a group, which was named One Direction.
The reason why One Direction already has a lot of fans in the U.S. and other countries outside of Europe comes down to two words: the Internet. Even though “The X Factor” U.K. is not on U.S. television, there is a lot of footage on the Internet of One Direction during and after the group’s “X Factor” U.K. stint. Fans have also been spreading the word about One Direction on Internet social networking sites.