THEY may not have won 'The X Factor' but boyband One Direction may well turn out to be one of the biggest finds from this series.
Irish member Niall Horan could -- in the years ahead -- live the lavish lifestyle of a Westlife member, now the group has signed a lucrative management contract and record deal with Simon Cowell's label Syco.
Today, with 'The X Factor' finished, One Direction are heading for the studios of record producer Steve Mac, Simon Cowell's right-hand man.
Dubbed 'Mr X Factor' for the huge catalogue of pop hits he has achieved with winners and runners-ups from the show, Mac has played a major part in the meteoric rise of two of the biggest acts to emerge from the talent show so far: singer Leona Lewis and boyband JLS.
And with JLS producer Mac assigned to them, One Direction could be following them up the charts.
Made up of Niall Horan (17) from Mullingar, Liam Payne (17) from Wolverhampton, Harry Styles (16) from Cheshire, Zayn Malik (17) from Bradford, and Louis Tomlinson (17) from Northampton, One Direction all auditioned as solo singers for this year's 'X Factor'.
They failed to qualify for the Boys category but the judges, after a suggestion by Cowell, gathered them into a band which qualified for the groups category.