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'X Factor' Finalist Profile: One Direction

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Name: One Direction
Mentor: Simon Cowell
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The Story: Five little Justin Biebers who will be the 'Next Big Boyband' (copyright Louis Walsh)

X Factor Week 9: One Direction

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Tipped by Reality Bites to win this competition since week one, there was something about the glint in Simon Cowell's eye when he put these boys together at bootcamp that meant we knew they were going far. They have avoided controversy, been compared to the Beatles and Take That and charmed all the judges with their floppy hair and butter-wouldn't-melt smiles. If it was down to who had the loudest fans on Twitter and the forums, they'd already have the record deal in the bag. However, whether the boys are picking up the X Factor floating voters - the mums, grannies and students - remains to be seen. Another problem for the boys could be a lack of any real standout performances. While they've never been awful, they have occasionally blended into the background. It's been a while since Mr Cowell won the show, so he's probably due a win, but they'll need every one of their hormonal, screaming teen fans (and a few of their older ones as well) to be racking up their phonebills at the weekend.

Do you think One Direction deserve to win? Can they become the 'Next Big Boyband'?

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