Anyone hoping for a One Direction reunion will see one-half of the fabulous foursome come together this week on “The X Factor UK” which airs in the U.S. on Sunday, Oct. 14 and Monday, Oct. 15 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on AXS TV.
Louis Tomlinson has been doing an amazing job as a season 15 judge alongside show boss and veteran judge Simon Cowell, and fellow newbie judges Robbie Williams and his wife Ayda Williams. This week, Louis recruits producing mogul Nile Rodgers and his good friend, and former 1D bandmate Liam Payne, to help him decide which of his Boys team acts should make it through to the live shows.
In the clip attached above, Louis and his friends watch contender Armstrong Martins take a huge risk in putting a soulful spin on the iconic “Friends” theme song. By the looks on their faces, all three of them enjoyed his performance.
Louis Tomlinson and Liam Payne know the rigors of this phase of the competition all too well, as two of the five original members of One Direction who went on with Harry Styles, Niall Horan, and Zayn Malik to finish third in the seventh season of “The X Factor UK” and become one of the biggest boy bands in the world. Zayn split the group in 2015 before 1D went on an indefinite hiatus in 2016, following the release of their chart-topping 2015 album Made In the A.M., which notably was their first release as a foursome.
All five One Direction members have pursued solo careers to huge success, with Harry Styles and Niall Horan launching chart-topping solo albums and embarking on massively successful solo tours. The fate of a One Direction reunion remains unclear. For now, fans far and wide can revel in watching Louis and Liam team up to potentially help another music industry hopeful get one step closer to chasing the kind of fame the two of them have found.
“The X Factor UK” airs Sundays and Mondays in the U.S. at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on AXS TV.