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

Fri, November 2, 2012 12:00pm EDT by 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 HollywoodLife.com 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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jessica

Posted at 10:40 PM on December 1, 2012  

they arent one direction!!! stop comparing them! they have a different sound and look. they dont want to be considered a boy band. their real musicians.

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kayla Coughlin

Posted at 10:07 PM on November 28, 2012  

There hotter than one direction i do like one direction but LOVE Emblem3 <3

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Viv

Posted at 10:00 PM on November 22, 2012  

Emblem 3 seems like a really awesome band and all but I think they will never be better than 1D. Sorry, but my opinion.

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gigika

Posted at 8:37 PM on November 16, 2012  

you guys will never be the new 1D never right?!

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Sonny Cline

Posted at 6:55 AM on November 23, 2012  

Are you kdding me they are WAY bttr than 1D.

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Elena Henseler (@ElenaHenseler)

Posted at 1:28 PM on November 14, 2012  

I’m German.. so sry for my (maybe) bad english :P
One Direction and Emblem 3 are both amazing! I like One Direction more.. but I also think that two of them can’t sing that good! But Emblem 3 sings ehhmm.. of course not that bad!!!… but neither amazing.. :)) But all in all they’re two talented and very special bands in they own way! (Own Style of performing, voices and looking).. Emblem 3 are not One Direction, and One Direction are not Emblem 3! Just enjoy these beautiful boys.. Not matter how.. but just do it! My opinion :))

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courtney

Posted at 12:13 PM on November 12, 2012  

they’re two completely different bands. it’s not even fair that people keep trying to compare them- just listen to Emblem3 and then One Direction…. it’s not even close. They’re both great and Emblem3 may have the same success level of One Direction further in their careers but you cant even say they’re the same band. They stand for different things.

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jessica

Posted at 10:40 PM on December 1, 2012  

totally agree with you!!!!

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annette

Posted at 9:58 PM on November 10, 2012  

I love Emblem 3 please stop comparing them them to 1D. Very different style, unique sound, voices are awesome, the way they move around is different, I just love listening to them over and over. Emblem 3 is their own group nothing at all like 1D. Emblem 3 is number 1.

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wehooo

Posted at 11:51 PM on November 8, 2012  

1D is not so great. 3 sing okay, 1 barely sings and another one doesn’t sing at all! *cough*louis*cough*. which song did 1D write again? i love how Emblem3 songs don’t revolve around relationship but peace, inspiring people and positive stuff like that. i don’t like what X Factor did to do. sound a little manufactured in the 2nd week i must say. X Factor is good for them in a way that it gives them more publicity but these dudes need to be signed under Geffen Records or something and work on real music. i like their originality but it seems like it’s fading away with the show.

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Anna

Posted at 11:13 PM on November 7, 2012  

I’d love to point out to those saying emblem 3 writes their own songs that 1D actually has written quite a few of their songs too. I don’t compare them. I like both, but vocal wise 1D is better. I don’t think emblem 3 always harmonize well. Tonight they didn’t sound like they were at all, the seem to sing in unison and I like harmony in a band.

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DeStInI_DiMpLeS

Posted at 4:18 PM on November 7, 2012  

They are both great bands and there is no way on this living earth1D will get replaced.

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Sonny Cline

Posted at 6:56 AM on November 23, 2012  

Their too good to replace them,

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margaret

Posted at 12:42 AM on November 6, 2012  

of course not i hate when they get compared they are really different emblem3 sing songs that have meaning and they are different

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DeStInI_DiMpLeS

Posted at 4:20 PM on November 7, 2012  

I agree

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i concur

Posted at 11:52 PM on November 8, 2012  

hear hear!

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Dimples8139

Posted at 10:02 PM on November 4, 2012  

EMBLEM 3 & 1 Direction are very different on their style of music.. but they are both CUTE & TALENTED :D

EVERYONE LOVES THEM!!!

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Gracie

Posted at 5:24 PM on November 4, 2012  

No. Emblem3 is better and actually have talent. They’re not preppy, annoying British boys. Sorry not sorry.

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jess

Posted at 12:18 PM on November 24, 2012  

well excuse me but that is very stereotypic of you…i find them quite adorable…… no offense…..

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CariDee'

Posted at 7:30 PM on November 3, 2012  

no one is equal to anyone

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Fernanda-love1Dl

Posted at 1:10 PM on November 3, 2012  

There is only one direction, do not want another banda the subistitua but got nothing against them

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Grace

Posted at 4:34 AM on November 3, 2012  

Really? No. Just no. I love both bands and it makes me mad because Emblem 3 aren’t even a boy-band! Please stop comparing bands to each other, as it really only causes tons of drama.

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LindaY.

Posted at 12:18 AM on November 3, 2012  

Emblem 3 is not a boy-band it’s a group unlike 1d… and not every guy-group with potential needs
to be compared to one-direction especially knowing how little they have in common.

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Shirley

Posted at 9:15 PM on November 2, 2012  

Emblem3 are by far way better than one direction and i think they will do well simon made a good choice keeping them in the xfactor they are fab i love them

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Stacy

Posted at 6:31 PM on November 2, 2012  

Emblem3 is good, but they are so ridiculously different! Take 5 cheeky British lads VS 3 firey surfing brothers and they are nothing alike. They are both good looking, but in different ways, they both sound good, but in different ways, they act so different. Emblem3 can have success, but will they be the next 1D? No way, thats a tough act to fallow.

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britnie

Posted at 6:27 PM on November 2, 2012  

no. because they’re two different kinds of music. and you cant replace one artist or group with another.

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john

Posted at 4:29 PM on November 2, 2012  

no because emblem 3 came as a group and 1d came as solo artists

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Jessica

Posted at 3:09 PM on November 2, 2012  

I love Emblem 3 and One Direction but please, no. Just no.

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Alex

Posted at 2:38 PM on November 2, 2012  

Heck yeah they similar.

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Denmark

Posted at 12:27 PM on November 2, 2012  

Emblem 3 are fucking awesome, and NOT a boy band? One direction are sweet, but Emblem 3 write their own songs, which are totally different to 1D’s. No, Emblem 3 are NOT the new One Direction

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irina

Posted at 12:26 PM on November 2, 2012  

hell no! just because a new boyband is out it means “are they the new 1D?” it’s just stupid

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