One Direction returned to their home turfÂ—not England and Ireland, but The X FactorÂ—when the boy band performed on the U.S. version of the popular TV talent series’ results show on Thursday, Nov. 8. Although co-host Khloe Kardashian reportedly joked (perhaps inappropriately) that their stage time was lame, Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson and Zayn Malik still managed to melt plenty of hearts during their two-song performance. Even judge Britney Spears had to admit that she’s a huge fan!
“They’re adorable,” Spears told Hollywood Life, of her thoughts on 1D, who sang an energetic rendition of “Live While We’re Young” plus the stripped-down, super-romantic track, “Little Things” during their guest appearance. “They swooned me big time. I liked them a lot,” Spears added. Apparently, the blonde songstress fell so in love with Styles, Horan, Payne, Tomlinson and Malik that she even kept the door open on a future collaboration with them, hinting “maybe so.”
But would they work with her?! The 18-year-old Styles may especially be digging a potential collab with Spears; she’s a cougar to him, after all.
Of course, Britney Spears isn’t the only one on this season’s judging panel of The X Factor who has the hots for One Direction. Simon Cowell is obviously a Directioner, as the band is signed to his label, Syco Records. He even had X Factor contestants, boy band Emblem3, perform a tribute mash-up featuring “What Makes You Beautiful” on the show. Perhaps he’s positioning them to be the next 1D.
And, although she’s constantly arguing with Cowell, judge Demi Lovato still likes his 1D boys just fine… specifically Mr. Niall Horan. Both Horan and Lovato have been linked as potential lovers for some time, although it seems like they’re really just “friends” at this point.
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