“X Factor” UK paid an emotional tribute to One Direction before their planned hiatus next year. The British boy band took the stage where they started and performed two songs during “X Factor” UK live finale Sunday night.
Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan, Liam Payne and Harry Styles performed “Infinity” and “History,” both off their recently released album “Made in the A.M”.
“X Factor” judge Simon Cowell wished the boys well with their upcoming break.
“Well, this takes me back five years ago when I met five guys, singing as solo artists, and then I never could have predicted what happened next. And I know you’re gonna take a break, you deserve the break. I want to really just take the chance now to say thank you. You’ve been an absolute pleasure to work with … Five of the nicest guys I ever met. Enjoy the time off. Have a fantastic time,” Cowell said to the band.
Several other celebrities also paid tribute to One Direction via a video, which was played while the show aired, Billboard reported.
The celebrities who send their best wishes for the band include Robbie Williams, James Corden, Wayne Rooney, Jack Whitehall, Little Mix, 5 Seconds of Summer, and David Beckham.
Hollywood veteran Danny Devito, who joined 1D in their video for “Steal My Girl” last year, also gave an advice to the boys about taking a break to spend their hard-earned cash, Mirror wrote.
“While you’re at it take some acting lessons,” the actor said.
After the group sang their final song “History,” they shared a group hug. Liam told “X Factor” host Olly Murs, “We’ve had the most amazing five years; we can’t believe what’s happened to us. We’re sad to be going away for a while but we need it.”
Shortly after their appearance at the show, 1D posted its own video to fans on Facebook, thanking them for the support they have shown for the past five years. Fans on Twitter trended the hashtag #ThisIsNotTheEndOfOneDirection.
One Direction is scheduled to appear on “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve,” hosted by Ryan Seacrest. However, according to Entertainment Weekly, their appearance will be pre-recorded.