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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

One Direction - What Makes You Beautiful

"Baby you light up my world like nobody else"

As anyone whose read this blog for awhile knows, I was completely obsessed with last year's season of UK X-Factor. It was reality tv gold in so many ways, and I can't see any season matching it. One of the biggest reasons was the quality (and diversity) of the contestants. I'm glad to see Cher Lloyd doing so well in the charts, even though I despise her debut single. But she wasn't the act I was supporting the most anyway. To preface this, I'm not usually a fan of boybands. Their overly manufactured nature just doesn't appeal to me (I guess they're not really designed to appeal to me, anyway). But you can't deny when something special is happening. The formation of One Direction last season was definitely something special. Rarely has a group fit so well together. Look, personality, sound... it all worked from the beginning and still works now. It's a boyband I'm actually interested in! Today marks the debut of their first single and, like everything else, it works too. In fact, I'd be shocked if this didn't hit number one and stay there. Sometimes you hear a song, so poppy and cheesy and catchy, that just screams "number one single." A track like this is hard not to sing along to, regardless of your taste in music. It's like early Mcfly mixed with Glee mixed with a modernized The Monkees. It's completely ridiculous and cheesy, but don't we all need a bit of that sometime? And it's total boyband in the best way possible.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you put this single next to either of The Wanted's new singles, it just does not compare. And why should it? Because they would be One Direction's biggest competition.

BUT the biggest leverage One Direction have with this single is the cheesy, sing-a-long factor that this song has. It also is not a 'hard to sing' song as most of it is almost spoken to tune so fans will see some really fun live performances (I hope).

Finally, One Direction have the X-Factor platform which will make it instantly popular. It will be sad not to see Simon, so proud, on the show endorsing his former act, but at the same time, if they dare to jump into America, they have their former mentor leading the charge on what should be one of the biggest shows this fall. In fact, it might actually be a smart attempt. 5 pretty, fresh faced boys from the UK, launched on one of the biggest shows to debut on American TV? Why wouldn't they make a go at it?

12:47 PM  
Anonymous JeffC said...

LOVE IT! Here's the vid too

4:49 PM  
Anonymous gmisk said...

Its catchy no does sound a bit like a mish mash of other songs....light up the world (from glee) and er bizarrely summer loving from grease..but should do well for them

1:12 AM  

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