One Direction return to X Factor 2013 to sing Midnight Memories: photos

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One Direction returned to The X Factor amid a cacophony of deafening screams and stage pyrotechnics during tonight's live finale.

Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan took to the stage for a performance of the title track from their Midnight Memories album and judging by the insane screams at Wembley we're not the only ones with five crushes right now…

Louis Tomlinson, One Direction, 'The X Factor' final TV show, Wembley Arena, London, Britain - 15 Dec 2013

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Rocking out: Niall was the only band member to play guitar during the performance.



Louis Tomlinson, One Direction, 'The X Factor' final TV show, Wembley Arena, London, Britain - 15 Dec 2013

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Passionate: Louis Tomlinson on stage.



The boys' return gave this year's X Factor winner - and other contestants - a taste of what could be in store for them afterwards as the show described 1D as the biggest success story to ever come out of X Factor.

The statistics? Four million ticket sales, 38 million records sold worldwide, fastest selling album of 2013… pretty impressive.

Liam Payne, One Direction, 'The X Factor' final TV show, Wembley Arena, London, Britain - 15 Dec 2013

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Liam Payne joked the band were looking forward to time apart at Christmas.



Harry Styles, One Direction, 'The X Factor' final TV show, Wembley Arena, London, Britain - 15 Dec 2013

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Harry Styles looked every inch the rock star.



Watching the five-piece band rocking out on stage during Sunday's finale (15 December), it was amazing to think they didn't actually win their year, instead finishing in third place behind winner Matt Cardle and runner-up Rebecca Ferguson.

Since then, it seems they've been in a constant whirlwind of promotional duties, tours, releasing music so were quite pleased to hear Harry tell Dermot O'Leary after their performance that they're getting some time off at Christmas. Although Liam joked they were all so fed up with each other they'd be enjoying the space.

Zayn Malik on 'The X Factor' final TV show, Wembley Arena, London, Britain - 15 Dec 2013

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Zayn Malik smouldered on stage.



One Direction, 'The X Factor' final TV show, Wembley Arena, London, Britain - 15 Dec 2013

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One Direction found fame on the seventh series of X Factor.



Dermot also quizzed the boys on whether they'd be exchanging gifts. Apparently not. According to Harry, they're pretty bad at that. Although maybe that's for the best. What on earth would you buy a member of 1D for Christmas?!

Listen to 'Midnight Memories' below:



The X Factor final in pictures:
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