I'm not a fan of them, or of JLS or The Wanted if I'm honest (although I prefer 1D and JLS to The Wanted). What Makes You Beautiful is a decent song, yes, but I don't see how so many teenage girls are saying stuff like "Boys need to treat girls like One Direction do" because of the song. It's just another example of preying on the insecurities of teenage girls, like Bruno Mars did with Just The Way You Are. And girls wouldn't be saying that if the song had been sung by someone who wasn't good-looking, but then again that's pretty much the basis of 1D's success.
Edit 1: This was actually meant to lead on to a point about how they have people who are better at writing than they are at singing, which is one problem I have with them. That, and the fact that it's generic teenage girl stuff as I've mentioned. However, to be fair, I doubt Tom Fletcher or Porcelain Black would sing the songs they've written for the band, so it makes sense that a band like 1D gets the song.
I'll be honest, they do have decent voices. And they (mostly) seem like nice lads, although the only one I like is Zayn. I think in the far future a few of them could have decent solo careers. However, they're not as good-looking as everyone makes them out to be and I doubt they'll still be around by 2020.
Final note: What's the obsession with Harry Styles? He's the worst-looking in the band, his hair isn't good at all, and he's a weak singer.
Edit 2: The other thing I forgot to mention - their fans are generally annoying. They're not the worst fanbase out there, but they're very annoying.
Last edited by alexlduffy; 30-05-2012 at 18:30.