One Direction megastars Zayn (the cute one), Liam (the cute one), Harry (the cute one), Louis (the cute one), and Niall (the cutest one) met as competitors, each looking to take home The X Factor Season 7 title, when judge and lead Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger suggested that the dudes might work better as a group. Turns out, she was right: Although the hastily formed boyband eventually lost to singer-songwriter Matt Cardle, they went on to achieve much greater success, topping the albums charts in eight countries, everywhere from Mexico to Croatia. Tonight, they play two shows here in New York, a matinee for the kids and a nightcap for the teens.

Sat., May 26, 3 & 8 p.m., 2012