Liam Payne, Zayn Malik, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan appeared at Citybeat HQ for an interview with Stephen Clements the other day. The boyband talked about how they were formed on ‘The X Factor’, adjusting to performing for so many people so quickly, how they deal with fame and girls queuing up to give them their phone numbers.
Liam on the band’s initial stage:
It was a bit strange at first because we hadn’t really met and none of us had even spoke and we were told we were a band on stage with five people we’d never met, so yeah let’s just go for it and here we are.
It was basically if you look at it really bluntly it was either go home or stay in the competition (as a group). Obviously people go into the show to go as far as they can so that was still the goal.
Louis on performing for millions after having no formal training prior to ‘X Factor’:
When you put it like that it’s like wow but really in the audience it was only like 2 or 3 hundred people in the studio audience, so really you just concentrated on those and obviously the four judges and you didn’t really, even though you knew there was that many people watching (on TV), you didn’t really let it get in your head because they weren’t physically in front of you. So that helped.
Louis on fame:
We still don’t really feel famous. Even when someone will stop you and go “are you famous”? Well, obviously not because you’re asking me.
Harry on being “ready” for their fame:
I don’t think it’s really something you could ever prepare yourself for. I think you literally take it as it comes and kind of learn to grow with it and I don’t really know, go with the flow.
We’re all going through the same thing together so we can kind of look to each other for support really.
Louis on how unlike most guys, scoring a girl’s number is rather easy:
I don’t think there’s many male teenagers that wouldn’t mind being thrown a lot of female phone numbers, so yeah we love it.
Watch the interview and acoustic performance of ‘What Makes You Beautiful’ via YouTube below.