The UK X Factor 2010 saw five young aspiring boys put together as equals, to form the boy band One Direction.
But, in a bid to crack the American audience, One Direction‘s U.S. management are trying to make Harry Styles into the lead singer, with sources stating boy bands in America with a recognised front man tend to make it bigger than those that don’t. Styles has already been given a number of leading roles during their tour stateside, with Columbia music bosses tipping him as a ‘natural front man’.
Harry, who only turned 18 today, led the group when they filmed a guest spot on Nickelodeon show iCarly, with Carly, played by Miranda Cosgrove, 18, developing a crush on him. But, the group want to stick together.
A friend told the Daily Star: ‘They are determined to carry on the way they have been – without a lead singer. Harry certainly hasn’t asked for all this attention.’
Hundreds of U.S. fans were waiting for the band to appear at LAX airport, with some even taking the time to camp overnight outside the group’s hotel.
Harry said: ‘We have had to use the hotel service lift. There are girls in the main lift the whole day, just going up and down hoping to bump into us.’
Louis Tomlinson, 20, Zayn Malik, 19, Niall Horan, 18, Liam Payne, 18 and Harry Styles, 18 are set to begin a U.S tour this month with boy band Big Time Rush and even though they haven’t released any music stateside yet, pre-orders for their debut album are said to be huge.
An insider told The Daily Star newspaper: ‘Columbia music execs are rubbing their hands with glee. It looks like One Direction are going to be absolutely massive in America.’