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Cowell -- One Direction will be as big as Take That

X Factor boss Simon Cowell said boy band One Direction are going to be the biggest group since Take That.

He said the five-piece, who feature Irish singer Niall Horan and were third in the last X Factor, were "going to ignite big time".

They are due to release their debut single, What Makes You Beautiful, later this month and will perform on ITV1's Red or Black? tomorrow night.

Cowell said: "You're going to see an explosion happen here the likes of which we haven't seen since Take That and I think that's exciting. There is just a buzz in the air. I can feel it at the moment."

Take That notched up eight number one hits and sold 10 million albums during the 1990s before finally splitting in 1996. They got back together a decade later.

Their recent tour, which saw them reunited with Robbie Williams, was a sell-out success.