Who says One Direction boys don’t dance? Liam Payne has apparently learned a few smooth moves since his days as a member of the internationally-beloved boy band, who were very open about the fact that they're not 'N Sync and don’t dance during live shows. The hunky Brit stepped outside the box during his U.S. solo TV debut performance of “Strip That Down” on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," grooving along with his back up dancers in a plain white T and jeans and doing just fine.
Payne co-wrote “Strip That Down” with Steve Mac, Quavo and his pal Ed Sheeran, whose influence can be heard throughout the sexy, R&B-pop crossover track. Payne is breaking out of a revered mold with his debut solo effort and lets us know it in the opening lines of the chorus: “You know I used to be in 1D (now I’m out, free)/ People want me for one thing (that's not me)/I'm not changing, the way, that I (used to be)/I just wanna have fun and (get rowdy).”
Payne has performed the song in his native UK on “The Graham Norton Show” and at The Capital FM Summertime Ball. He follows in the footsteps of his former 1D bandmates Niall Horan and Harry Styles, who are enjoying huge success with their own solo material. Styles’ first set of solo tour dates at intimate venues sold out in mere seconds. Now, watching Payne dance like that, alone at center stage, makes One Direction feel increasingly like a distant memory.
Payne also played a game called “Secret Ingredient" during his “Tonight Show” stop with Fallon, Ashton Kutcher, Vanessa Hudgens, and Mario Batali. Players had to taste food set before them and guess the secret ingredient. Payne notably never fussed about anything he sampled. The show was kind enough to provide spit/vomit buckets if taste-testing proved gag-worthy – and the entire gang seemed glad to have them.
You can watch the hilarious “Secret Ingredient” sketch and Payne’s “Strip That Down” performance in the clip above. Download and stream “Strip That Down” feat. Quavo here.