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'I'll be the worst judge ever,' One Direction's Niall Horan denies he'll be a judge on The X-Factor

By Shereen Low

Published 06/06/2015 | 18:42

One Direction (left to right) Liam Payne, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson and Harry Styles backstage at the Capital FM Summertime Ball held at Wembley Stadium, London. Photo credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
One Direction (left to right) Liam Payne, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson and Harry Styles backstage at the Capital FM Summertime Ball held at Wembley Stadium, London. Photo credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

One Direction have denied reports they are being lined up to be judges on The X Factor.

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Simon Cowell has said he will be finalising the judging panel for this year's series, and both Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan are among the bookmakers' favourites to take the roles alongside the likes of Nick Grimshaw, Robbie Williams and Rita Ora.

But Tomlinson brushed away rumours at Capital's Summertime Ball with Vodafone.

He said: "I've got a tour to do so unfortunately not."

Irish singer Horan also denied the stories, saying: "I'll be the worst judge ever. I'll be terrible."

Cowell has said he will make his decision in coming days as the first X Factor audition takes place tomorrow.

One Direction have also reassured fans they will not split up following Zayn Malik's exit.

Horan, Tomlinson, Liam Payne and Harry Styles opened Capital's Summertime Ball with Vodafone at Wembley Stadium, after playing their first UK gig as a foursome in Cardiff last night, since Malik left the group in March.

Payne batted away the rumours, saying backstage before they performed: "We don't know where that came from because we've got loads of stuff going on.

"We have just started the process for recording the new album, we've got a whole new tour going on, there are some really good songs so I don't think we are going anywhere for a while."

The chart-topping boyband were the first act of the star-studded line up ahead of Ariana Grande, Olly Murs, Rita Ora, Little Mix, Avicii and chart-toppers Meghan Trainor and OMI.

They are playing two stadiums in one day and will rush back to the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff for tonight's gig after the Wembley show.

(Left - right) Niall Horan, Harry Styles, Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson of One Direction perform on stage during Capital FM's Summertime Ball at Wembley Stadium, London. Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire
(Left - right) Niall Horan, Harry Styles, Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson of One Direction perform on stage during Capital FM's Summertime Ball at Wembley Stadium, London. Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire
(Left - right) Niall Horan, Harry Styles, Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson of One Direction perform on stage during Capital FM's Summertime Ball at Wembley Stadium, London. Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire
(Left - right) Niall Horan, Harry Styles, Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson of One Direction perform on stage during Capital FM's Summertime Ball at Wembley Stadium, London. Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire
A fan takes a picture of Harry Styles of One Direction as they perform on stage during Capital FM's Summertime Ball at Wembley Stadium, London. Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire
Liam Payne of One Direction performs on stage during Capital FM's Summertime Ball at Wembley Stadium, London. Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire
Harry Styles of One Direction performs on stage during Capital FM's Summertime Ball at Wembley Stadium, London. Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire
Harry Styles of One Direction performs on stage during Capital FM's Summertime Ball at Wembley Stadium, London. Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire
Liam Payne of One Direction performs on stage during Capital FM's Summertime Ball at Wembley Stadium, London. Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire
The crowd wait for One Direction to perform on stage during Capital FM's Summertime Ball at Wembley Stadium, London. Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire
The crowd wait for One Direction to perform on stage during Capital FM's Summertime Ball at Wembley Stadium, London. Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire
Harry Styles of One Direction performs on stage during Capital FM's Summertime Ball at Wembley Stadium, London. Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire
Niall Horan of One Direction performs on stage during Capital FM's Summertime Ball at Wembley Stadium, London. Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire
One Direction (left to right) Liam Payne, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson and Harry Styles backstage at the Capital FM Summertime Ball held at Wembley Stadium, London. Photo: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
One Direction (left to right) Liam Payne, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson and Harry Styles backstage at the Capital FM Summertime Ball held at Wembley Stadium, London. Photo: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
One Direction (left to right) Liam Payne, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson and Harry Styles backstage at the Capital FM Summertime Ball held at Wembley Stadium, London. Photo credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Payne said of their new material: "We've just been rehearsing the new songs at the minute so it'll take time. We want to get that right - get it right in motion and it'll arise somewhere I'm sure."

Styles added: "As time goes on, we will keep adding to them."

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Payne also said that Malik's absence has been missed, although he joked about the 22-year-old singer's soulful vocals.

"Obviously Zayn's got a good voice so it's quite fun doing the high bits," he quipped.

One Direction performed six songs including Steal My Girl, Story Of My Life and What Makes You Beautiful.

Horan told the screaming crowds: "This day last year we played this stadium. You guys are amazing, Wembley."

Little Mix, who were also on the bill, said performing at the one-day music festival meant "everything" to them.

Jesy Nelson said: "It's everything. We are coming back, we're performing Black Magic for the first time so we are so excited."

Canadian singer Carly Rae Jepsen, who wore a stunning green dress by DSquared with a Joan Jett-inspired black bob, admitted she had to find a last-minute outfit after her clothes were stuck at customs.

"This is all DSquared who were very sweet and gifted it to me. All my actual clothes are stuck at customs right now so this is a last-minute decision," she said.

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