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Think your day is bad? Spare a thought for Irish singer Jamie Searls, aka Zayn in 1D tribute band

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Never mind the legions of sobbing One Directioners, it’s Irish-born singer Jamie Searls that we should really feel sorry for.

Searls has been performing in the guise of Zayn Malik in popular tribute act, Only One Direction.

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The 24-year-old actor and musician performs alongside Matt Brinkler, Henry Allan, Aaron Foster and David Ribi in what they describe as “the closest thing to One Direction in the world...other than the band itself.”

When fans took to social media to share their dismay about Zayn’s decision to leave the boyband, Jamie tweeted that he was “off to the job center”.

Speaking to Brendan O'Connor on The John Murray Show on RTÉ Radio One this morning, Searls joked that he, "hadn't slept a wink."

"I've been crying all night," the Cork-born performer joked. "But you know what, we've got to move on. We're together three years and we have loads of dates booked in and we've still got some more coming up so we're going to go ahead."

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A spokesperson for the band said that ‘Only One Direction’ would “absolutely carry on as a five-piece” - unless they were specifically booked to perform as a foursome, in which case they would be 20 percent cheaper.

However, it appears that Searls may benefit from the exposure - as he teased his new solo single on BBC Radio this afternoon.

Strike while the iron is hot, as they say.

Searls was briefly a member of Union J until George Shelley replaced him before the band rose to prominence on The X Factor.

Asked whether he was actually a fan of the biggest popband in the world, Searls admitted he too has been converted.

"To start off with like everybody else I was a bit dubious about the lads but I think their last two albums are actually really credible and I enjoyed them."

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