1D, who made chart history with the #1 debut of their first album, Up All Night, exuded plenty of energy in their two performances (unlike certain other recent emerging artists to enjoy the SNL spotlight. Looking at you, Lana Del Rey). Of course, it’s easier to jump around when you’re singing to a backing track.
One Direction, “One Thing”
Their appearance alone clearly sent their fans into a frenzy (even if said fans’ parents were also famous. Country star Martina McBride, noting her teen-age daughter’s reaction, tweeted: “According to Emma The Beatles were just on Ed Sullivan for the 1st time. Oh wait. No. That was One Direction on SNL. :)”
The quintent also gamely joined in an SNL skit, in which Fred Armisen appeared as the host of the fictional Manuel Ortiz Show to assist “Yolanda” (played by Vergara) re-connect with her birth mother. The boys switched their GQ style for something a little more garish (including fake mustaches). When it is revealed that their father is sleeping with their grandmother, they react in unison: “Gross!”