Simon Cowell praised One Direction, minus one?

It would seem like the gloves are off as Simon Cowell gave his opinion about One Direction to date. The music mogul had been part of the phenomenal success of the boy band from the start. He founded and mentored One Direction on the X Factor UK. Even when their hiatus took place, Simon admitted to the possibility of their solo projects. Yet, he never discounted the likelihood of their reunion. Until now?

The America’s Got Talent judge joined Mel B on a conference call in line with the live shows for the reality show. As expected, the discussion shifted to talk about Louis Tomlinson and his recent appearance on Judge Cuts 4. Simon revealed his amusement to have the 1D singer on the panel alongside him. He also recalled that it was just five years ago when Tomlinson auditioned for him. Thus, his pride at how far his prodigy has come along since then. Moreover, he revealed that Louis enjoyed himself on the show. Thus, could it be the first of many television appearances for the 1D singer? Yet Simon Cowell seemed to side step the question about the latest 1D singer to launch a solo career.

“We’re in touch with them all. The great thing about all these boys – well not all of them but most of them – they are incredibly loyal and you don’t always expect that. Niall, Harry Louis – amazing,” Simon said. It would seem the music mogul is supportive of Liam’s love life more than his career.

Liam Payne recently signed a recording contract with Capitol Records UK. He follows in the footsteps of bandmate Harry Styles who was the first to go solo. However, Harry has set aside singing in favor of acting for now. Thus, it would be interesting to see how the solo careers of both boys turn out. Catch Simon Cowell during the start of the live shows on America’s Got Talent 2016 tonight. This the most watched season of the reality TV talent competition according to The Sun.