Music, Showbiz

One Direction are Flying High – Jamie Tuohy

One Direction made 50 lucky fans very happy yesterday, when they boarded a flight with the competition winners for charity

The five-piece took to the skies in a privately chartered flight from London to Manchester, after they helped to raise £50,000 for Flying Start – a charity, which was set up by British Airways in 2010, in conjunction with Comic Relief.

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Zayn Malik, Louis Tominson, Niall Horan, Liam Payne and Harry Styles became BA1D for the day and were accompanied by fans on the journey, who were thrilled when the boys signed autographs and posed for pictures.

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The five-piece looked relaxed in jeans a t-shirts with the charity’s logo emblazoned on the front and the boys will surely have been excited about their headlining gig at Radio City Live in Liverpool Arena. Last night, One Direction headlined the gig, which included a stellar line up of acts,  including Professor Green , Stooshe , Alyssa Reid, Labrinth, Alexandra Burke, Rizzle Kicks, Tulisa, Taio Cruz and Will Young.

Just before the gig, the boys announced that they’d be happy to continue supporting worthy causes – by posing naked for charity. Niall Horan said, “yes; definitely for charity” after being asked about the prospects. However, Liam interjected, saying they’d need “big money” before they’d consider it.

Meanwhile, it has been reported that One Direction will be guest mentors on Australian X Factor, acting as assisting mentors to judge Ronan Keating. It is believed that Keating is so keen to have them on board, that his finalists will event travel to London to work with the boys, instead of them coming to Australia.

As if chartering private planes, headlining concerts and guest-judging slots wasn’t enough for the 1D lads, the band have spoken out this week, stating that they want to increase their fan-base, to include both genders. Niall Horan said: “We want to see more boy fans, as seeing them in the crowd is cool. It’s 90 per cent girls, but we want to expand our fanbase. We want different people to like us.”

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