300 teen girls dance in flash mob to catch UK boy band's attention

One Direction has taken the world by storm - and Singapore hasn't been spared.

But because the mega-popular UK boy band is scheduled to perform only in Australia and New Zealand next month as part of its tour so far, its local fans have decided to take matters into their own hands.

More than 300 teen girls took to Orchard Road last Wednesday and danced in a flash mob to catch the five boys' attention.

Their goal? To upload the dance video on YouTube, tweet it and hope One Direction will take notice and come here for a concert.

There are more than 60,000 One Direction fan club members here.

The flash mob's key organiser, Paya Lebar Methodist Girls' School (Secondary) student Lorraine Wee, 17, told The New Paper: "I have this ritual that I do every night. I will log on to my computer and watch videos of One Direction. At first I will be happy and laugh, then I will become sad and start to cry.

"I'm thinking, why can't I be in the UK and dating them? Just let me be with one of them, I'm not particular. They are so talented and so perfect, I don't know what I'll do without them."

Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson - solo singers aged 18 to 21 put together to compete as a group - placed third in the seventh season of the British version of reality TV competition The X Factor two years ago.

Judge Simon Cowell was One Direction's The X Factor mentor, and the British media mogul's ingenuity has paid off, as his proteges have been compared to The Beatles.

Last Wednesday, more than 300 Directioners (what One Direction fans are called) performed in three larger-than-life flash mobs, thanks to the fact that they were having their school holidays.

The girls were so passionate about filming the video that they paid no heed to the rain that started pouring down in the morning.

At the open area just outside Raffles Place MRT Station, they braved the downpour and danced their hearts out. Then it was off to Bugis Junction next - no matter that their clothes were still wet.

Then at 4.30pm, the excited girls headed to the last and most crowded location, Orchard Road.

Curious passers-by started following the girls and by the time they reached their destination, the crowd had swelled to more than 200.

The six-minute music clip - a mash-up of around 10 One Direction songs such as What Makes You Beautiful, One Thing, Na Na Na, Stole My Heart and Taken - started playing and the energy the girls gave off was infectious.

Said the leader of the Singapore Directioners, Paya Lebar Methodist Girls' School (Secondary) student Low Kai Ying, 16: "It was difficult finding a time when everyone would meet and practise the dance, so we uploaded a video of the dance steps on our Facebook page so that anyone could learn the dance on their own.

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