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‘X Factor’: Is Emblem 3 The New One Direction? Simon Cowell Speaks

Fri, November 2, 2012 12:00pm EDT by Andy Swift 53 Comments
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Simon draws new comparisons between the boy bands — but will Emblem 3 sing a 1D song on ‘The X Factor’ this season? Read on for the scoop.

You might not know this, but you have Simon Cowell to thank for the very existence of One Direction. He formed the British-Irish boy band on the The X Factor UK, and it sounds like he might have struck gold again — stateside, this time — with Emblem 3! Speaking to and other reporters Nov. 1, Simon drew comparisons between the global phenomenon and the budding pop trio.

“[The boys of Emblem 3] do remind me, in a lot of ways, of when I started working with One Direction,” Simon said. “It was this self-confidence, having fun, wanting to win, but at the same time kind of difficult to manage. But I like that. I have fun working with them, I really do. And they are infectious.”

Despite their noted similarities, however, don’t hold your breath waiting for Emblem 3 to perform a One Direction song this season. When asked about that possibility, Simon simply responded, “Um… doubtful.”

What do YOU think, HollywoodLifers? Does Emblem 3 have what it takes to become the new One Direction, or is it way too early in the game to be drawing such comparisons? Watch the boy band perform below, then cast your vote:
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— Andy Swift, reporting by Russ Weakland

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