This week, One Direction – the global sensation that rose to fame on the U.K. version of “The X Factor” – will take the stage to perform two songs, “Live While We’re Young” and “Little Things,” on THE X FACTOR’s first LIVE results show of the season, Thursday, Nov. 8 (8:00-9:00 PM live), on FOX 50.
“Having come from the U.K. ‘X Factor,’ we can’t wait to perform on the U.S. stage – it’s going to be a great night!” said group member Zayn Malik.
“We're really excited to be on the American ‘X Factor,’” added fellow member Niall Horan. “It'll be the first time we've performed in front of ‘Uncle Si’ since we were on the U.K. ‘X Factor.’ So, hopefully, we'll make him proud!”
One Direction – Horan, Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson – were discovered on the U.K.’s “The X Factor” in 2010. The band quickly gained a following to become one of the competition’s all-time most popular acts, finishing in the final three and garnering a gigantic and loyal fanbase along the way. In March 2012, One Direction’s debut album, “Up All Night,” made U.S. history, as it was the first time a U.K. group’s debut album entered the U.S. Billboard 200 chart at No. 1. The band has sold over 12 million records worldwide. On Nov. 13, One Direction will release its sophomore album, “Take Me Home,” which includes the No. 1 single, “Live While We’re Young.”
Globally, artists discovered by “The X Factor” format have sold more than 120 million records worldwide, including 110 No. 1, 270 Top 10 and 501 Top 50 releases. Local versions of “The X Factor” are now commissioned in more than 41 territories and the format has won numerous accolades worldwide, including three BAFTA’s, numerous NTA’s, as well as the coveted Rose d’Or. The U.S. version of THE X FACTOR airs in 166 countries.
On Wednesday, Nov. 7 (8:00-10:00 PM live), THE X FACTOR heats up as the finalists, with the help of their mentors, take the stage once again. But this time, it will be up to America, as well as the judges, to decide who moves forward in the competition. Immediately after Wednesday’s performance show, fans will be able to vote via 1) Verizon Touch Voting on The Xtra Factor App on Verizon Android devices; 2) toll-free calling; 3) text messaging for Verizon Wireless customers; and 4) online at TheXFactorUSA.com. Fans with valid Facebook accounts can also vote at Facebook.com/TheXFactorUSA.
On Thursday, Nov. 8 (8:00-9:00 PM live), after One Direction’s performances, hosts Khloé Kardashian Odom and Mario Lopez will reveal the results of America’s votes.
For more information on One Direction, please visit www.onedirectionmusic.com.
THE X FACTOR continues to break social TV records with the most fan engagement of any series on television and three times the social activity of its genre competitors. Each episode consistently achieves more Twitter trending topics than the competition. The second season premiere of THE X FACTOR shattered the record for a series premiere, garnering 1.4 million social comments, according to Bluefin Labs.
THE X FACTOR was created by Syco Television and is produced by Syco Television and FremantleMedia North America. Rob Wade and Nigel Hall are executive producers for Syco Television. Trish Kinane, Richard Holloway and Andrew Llinares serve as executive producers for FremantleMedia North America. “Like” THE X FACTOR on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TheXFactorUSA. Follow the series on Twitter @TheXFactorUSA and join the discussion at #xfactor.
About THE X FACTOR and Syco Entertainment
Syco Entertainment is a leading global music, television, film and digital production company. Syco is a joint venture between Simon Cowell and Sony Music Entertainment. Syco’s television and music assets include leading global franchises “The X Factor” and “Got Talent,” as well as diverse artists who include Leona Lewis, Susan Boyle, Il Divo, Cher Lloyd, One Direction, Labrinth and Little Mix.
In the U.S., Season One of THE X FACTOR was FOX’s No. 1 new series launch in four years for total viewers and was FOX’s highest-rated Wednesday night premiere in 13 years among adults 18-49. The show averaged a 4.3/12 among Adults 18-49, with an average 12.6 million viewers. Season One of THE X FACTOR recently received an Emmy Award for Outstanding Costumes for a Variety Program or a Special.
THE X FACTOR was also the most social television show of 2011, achieving more than three billion digital impressions and approximately a quarter of a billion YouTube views. THE X FACTOR won a 2012 Cannes Digital Lion for Branded Content and swept the Social TV awards, winning Best TV Show Specific Social TV Award, Best Social TV Integration of Twitter and Best of Show Social TV Award for overall excellence in Social TV.
“The X Factor” was devised by Simon Cowell and launched in 2004 in the U.K. where it has remained the No. 1 entertainment show, with the 2010 finale achieving a peak of 21.2 million viewers, and a 65% share. The 2011 finale, held at Wembley Arena, was the most-watched TV show of the year, with a bigger audience than the Royal Wedding. “The X Factor” has launched in nine new territories since the beginning of last year alone, including Chile, Kazakhstan, India, Poland, Bulgaria and Romania. The show has also been the No. 1 program in Denmark for the past five years, with an incredible 40 percent of the population tuning in, and is also the highest-rated program ever for Italy’s Sky Uno.