One Direction on Saturday Night Live proves skeptics wrong with talent and goofy humor
Update 4/12/12: Hot on the heels of its appearance on Saturday Night Live this past weekend, One Direction has announced a date at the Pepsi on Tuesday, July, 24. Tickets on sale next Saturday.
Sofia Vergara hosted Saturday Night Live over the weekend. Besides Vergara playing up her sex-symbol status -- cleavage, accent and all -- and Kristen Wiig returning to form as evil schoolgirl Gilly, boy-band explosion One Direction delivered a solid appearance in what may have been one of the show's most entertaining episodes this side of 2012.
Admittedly, we were a bit skeptical when we heard One Direction -- or 1D, as the five guys are known by fans -- were going to play Saturday Night Live. Were they ready? Or would they follow in the wake of other premature musical guests in a Lana Del Rey-ian mess of a performance? They had only released their debut album, Up All Night, a few weeks earlier and, though it dropped at number one on the Billboard 200 albums chart, it was backed only by one single so far and a bit of boy-band charm.
Luckily for fans, especially the ones who waited ever so patiently outside of NBC Studios in New York City hoping for a glimpse of the guys, One Direction didn't disappoint. The fivesome -- Nial Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson -- rocked "What Makes You Beautiful" and "One Thing" in ever-stylish fashion. The choreography was age-appropriate, but nevertheless fun and true to form for a boy band.
The act's more notable appearance on the show, however, was guesting on the skit The Manuel Ortiz Show, an accent-heavy talk show led by Fred Armisen as Manuel Ortiz. The boys, a big musical gamble for Lorne Michaels and crew, proved their worth and sense of humor by appearing as Vergara's five sons in the skit: Carlito, Pepito, Martito, Migrito and Nick.
So good on One Direction for raising the bar as both the musical guest and a guest appearance. The boys follow in the success of Kelly Clarkson, Lady Gaga and Justin Timberlake as musical guests with a funny bone.
While Saturday Night Live hasn't confirmed any new musical guests yet for the remainder of the season, besides Gotye -- and likely Kimbra, since she is also currently touring with him -- for this Saturday's show, hosted by Josh Brolin. Our predictions for possible guests: Bruce Springsteen or Nicki Minaj,who released a massive new album last week, making her a ripe candidate for guest.
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