On Aug. 23, 2013, One Direction's free, outdoor concert on NBC's "Today" attracted an estimated 18,000 people, according to "Today," making it the show's largest crowd so far. "Today" outdoor concerts are open to the public and are held at Rockefeller Plaza in New York City.
The performance, which was part of the Toyota Concert Series on "Today," was the third time that One Direction performed on "Today." Each time One Direction has performed on "Today," the group has broken attendance records for "Today."
Millions more watched the concerts on TV and on the Internet. Many of the people who were at the concerts lined up days in advance, since space was on a first-come, first-served basis. And, as usual, most of the One Direction fans who showed up were young, female and shrieking with excitement.
For One Direction's third live performance on "Today," the group did the hits "What Makes You Beautiful," "Best Song Ever," "Kiss You" and "Little Things." One Direction's Niall Horan played guitar on "Best Song Ever" and "Little Things." After the performance, One Direction went into the crowd to sign autographs.
One Direction also did a brief interview on"Today." But once again, the "Today" interview (conducted by anchors Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie) was boring and unoriginal, by asking the same questions that have been asked numerous times in other interviews.
For example, One Direction was asked why the group wanted to make the 3-D documentary movie "One Direction: This Is Us," since the group is already followed a lot by cameras. One Direction's Horan replied, "We always say this, but there's only so much you can get across on a 140-character tweet ... social media, Twitter and a five-minute interview, so we to wanted to really give behind-the-scenes access about what it's like for us, what it's like for our families, and what these guys [he points to the fans] have done in three years."
Guthrie then asked Styles what new things fans will learn about One Direction from watching "One Direction: This Is Us." Styles replied: I think you're going to learn a lot about what we do every day. I think a lot of people see us on this kind of stuff or little interviews. You're going to see more of what we're like when we interact behind the scenes. It's a nice insight."
Lauer then made a self-serving comment that he was disappointed that none of One Direction's previous "Today" show appearances made it into the movie. Maybe it's because the "Today" interviews with One Direction are so dull and idiotic, they're not worth putting into a movie.
"One Direction: This Is Us" opens in the U.K. on Aug. 29, 2013 and in the U.S. and Canada on Aug. 30, 2013. The movie's release date in other countries may vary.
Guthrie showed how clueless she is about One Direction by asking which one in the group just got engaged. It's Zayn Malik, which any moron who doesn't get paid millions to be an overpaid news anchor could find out by doing a Google search.
Malik was asked to talk about his fiancée, Perrie Edwards of the girl group Little Mix. He replied, "There's not much to say. We're really happy."
Lauer then asked Malik if he had any idea when the wedding was going to be. Malik mumbled something that sounded like a no, but then Horan interrupted (clearly to deflect attention away from Malik) and joked, "I'm pregnant ... It's exclusive to the 'Today' show. I think that's bigger news."
Lauer then asked another predictable question that One Direction has already been asked in many other interviews: "Is there any down side to fame?" One Direction's Liam Payne said, "The biggest down side is being away from home."
Guthrie then embarrassed herself by calling One Direction's Louis Tomlinson the wrong name. She called him Liam. It's obvious that she could care less about One Direction, but would it kill her to at least know the names of the people she's interviewing? Apparently that's too hard for her. It's no wonder "Today" is no longer America's top-rated morning show and has lost that crown to ABC's "Good Morning America." The interviewers at "Good Morning America" would never come across as this dumb and they would be better-prepared for the interview.
One Direction was then asked another boring question from Lauer: "Are you still best friends?" Of course, they all said yes.
One Direction is also in New York City for other appearances, including a press junket for "One Direction: This Is Us" on Aug. 24, the North American premiere of "One Direction: This Is Us" on Aug. 26, and a performance on NBC's "America's Got Talent" on Aug. 28. (The movie's world premiere in London on Aug. 20 attracted an estimated 7,000 people, according to the Daily Mirror.) One Direction is also a nominee and performer at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs), which is being held at the Barclays Center in New York City's Brooklyn borough on Aug. 25. One Direction won the most prizes (three awards) at the 2012 MTV VMAs and will likely be a MTV VMA winner again, since the awards are voted on by fans.