‘One Direction’ to perform on ‘The X Factor’

‘One Direction’ to perform on ‘The X Factor’
British pop group One Direction members from left, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson and Harry Styles are pictured after appearing on a radio station in London, Friday Oct. 5, 2012. (AP Photo)
by: Sheri Block

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Simon Cowell has said he knows a thing or two about how to develop a hit group and now he’s going to prove it.

One Direction, the British boy band who finished third on the U.K. version of “The X Factor” in 2010 and is now taking the pop world by storm, will make an appearance on the show’s American counterpart, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The group, known for their hits “One Thing” and “What Makes You Beautiful,” will appear on Thursday night’s results show, airing at 8 p.m. ET on CTV two.

“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,” group member Zayn Malik said in a statement that appeared on the site.

“It’ll be the first time we’ve performed in front of ‘Uncle Si’ since we were on U.K. ‘X Factor.’ So, hopefully we make him proud,” added Niall Horan.

Cowell is currently mentoring groups Lyric 145, Emblem3 and 1432 on “The X Factor.”

“The X Factor” airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET on CTV and Thursday at 8 p.m. ET on CTV two. Full episodes are also available online at CTV.ca.