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What makes One Direction beautiful? Well, to a number of fans, it's not the boy band's recently announced Nickelodeon show.
The U.K. group, which formed on the British "X Factor" two years ago, has exploded in popularity in North America, thanks to an aggressive promotional campaign and a music tour that has girls across the continent screaming their lungs out. (Watch out, Justin Bieber!)
After rumours swirled that the five-member group had been given its own series, Nickelodeon confirmed the news yesterday.
"The rumors are true, our live-action slate does include a development project for @onedirection," the children's network tweeted. "Welcome to the family!"
But many fans of the "What Makes You Beautiful" singers aren't entirely pleased with the collaboration. Following the announcement, the #1PleaseDontGotoNick hashtag began trending Thursday night.
"One Direction on Nickelodeon? No, just no," fan @RespectBieber tweeted. "Thats a waste of their talent. They're singers for goodness sake, not actors. "
Another groupie, @AhaOneDirection, claimed the quintet would "lose older fans" by joining the network, which is famous for popular 'tween shows like "iCarly" and "Victorious."
For their part, One Direction have not responded to the news. Members Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, and Louis Tomlinson are probably too busy promoting their debut album, "Up all Night," which was released a week early in the U.S. this month due to "overwhelming fan demand."
The band performed on the "Today Show" earlier this week and will also perform at Nickelodeon's 2012 Kids' Choice Awards on March 31, before hitting the "Saturday Night Live" stage in April.
Even if they don't have fans' support, One Direction have A-list celebrity backers. Katy Perry recently congratulated Horan on his band's success stateside while Justin Bieber told him "good guys always win bro. congrats."
Got that, haters?