X Factor UK executive producer Mark Sidaway has confirmed that pop boyband One Direction are to make an appearance during this year’s live shows.

The appearance comes as no surprise considering the falling rating of the ITV talent show, however undoubtedly the appearance (date unconfirmed at this stage) will help drum up support for the group’s forthcoming third album Midnight Memories.

The band, who were originally formed in the 2010 series of the UK show, have returned annually to perform their hits, appearing twice last year on differing occasions.

Hit the iTunes link below to preorder Midnight Memories, set for a 25th November release: