Following their fifth album release on Friday, One Direction took it back to their roots by performing “Perfect” on the X Factor tonight.
One Direction’s been on a bit of a press kick this week since the release of Made in the AM. They played at Radio 1’s Live Lounge on Thursday, where in addition to their own songs they covered “Four Five Seconds” by Kanye West and sang an extremely emotional rendition of “Torn” by Natalie Imbruglia. “Torn” is popular among One Direction fans because it’s the song the band covered to get through to the X Factor live shows. It’s the first time they’ve performed it publicly since their X Factor days.
Speaking to host and X Factor alumni Olly Murs after the performance, Niall said: “Every time we come back we feel like we’re at home. It’s so good to be back. We know our way around the studio and the crew are still all the same.”
It’s hard to imagine that it was only five years ago that One Direction battled every week for their place on that stage. Watch the now international pop-stars entertain with their single “Perfect” below!