You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Simon Cowell Says Fifth Harmony Will Perform on ‘AGT,’ ‘I Don’t Think We’ll See One Direction as a Group for a While’

When you get Simon Cowell to join “America’s Got Talent” as a judge, you get much more than snarky comments — the music mogul also comes with an impressive rolodex of stars.

Two of Cowell’s biggest discoveries are One Direction and Fifth Harmony, both of which were formed on his “X-Factor” franchise. The U.K. global sensation was formed on the British “X-Factor,” and the chart-topping girl band was put together on the American version of “The X-Factor.” Both groups signed with Cowell’s label, Syco Records.

Cowell, who joined “AGT” as a judge this season, says Fifth Harmony will come onto the NBC series to perform this summer. One Direction, however is in the midst of a hiatus, and will not.

“We’ll have Fifth Harmony definitely this year because they’ve got an album coming out,” Cowell told Variety in a recent interview, referring to their second studio album “7/27,” which was released in late May. “It will be fantastic to have them on the show.”

Cowell continued, “One Direction I don’t think we’ll see as a group for a while now, if I’m being honest with you. But the girls, definitely.”

Cowell’s comments on One Direction refer to the group’s current hiatus, which began earlier this year and is expected to last about 18 months — but has been rumored to be a breakup. In March 2015, the band dwindled from five members to four with the departure of Zayn Malik, who left to focus on his solo career. One Direction’s fifth studio album, “Made in the A.M.,” released in late 2015, was the first without Malik. The group consists of Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson, and the foursome has assured fans that they are not splitting up, despite conflicting buzz.

As for Fifth Harmony, the five-member pop group — Ally Brooke, Normani Kordei, Dinah Jane, Camila Cabello and Lauren Jauregui — is in the midst of promoting their new album, fresh off their platinum single “Work From Home.”

“America’s Got Talent” airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on NBC.

More TV

  • Series Mania Unveils 2019 Festival, with

    Series Mania Unveils 2019 Festival Lineup

    PARIS — Graced by Uma Thurman, “The Good Doctor” star Freddie Highmore and “Black Mirror” creators-showrunners Charlie Brooker and Anabel Jones, the 10th Series Mania – and second in Lille, north-east France – will kick off March 22 with Netflix prominent, a broader   geographical reach and a strong presence of women writers and directors. [...]

  • Black Panther

    'Black Panther,' 'Crazy Rich Asians,' 'Westworld' Among Costume Designers Guild Winners

    “Crazy Rich Asians,” “The Favourite” and “Black Panther” walked away with top honors at the 21st annual Costume Designers Guild Awards Tuesday night, the final industry guild show before the Oscars on Feb. 24. “The Favourite” and “Black Panther” are up for the Oscar this year, along with “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs,” “Mary Poppins [...]

  • Syfy Cancels 'Nightflyers' After One Season

    Syfy Cancels 'Nightflyers' After One Season

    The George R.R. Martin drama “Nightflyers” has been canceled by Syfy after only one season. Based on the novella from the mastermind behind “Game of Thrones,” the show was seen as a big gamble for the NBCUniversal-owned cable network, as it represented the most expensive series it had ever developed. The network attempted to spark [...]

  • Batwoman Arrow

    The CW's 'Batwoman' Pilot Switches Directors, Adds Dougray Scott

    The CW has added veteran Scottish actor Dougray Scott to its “Batwoman” pilot as well as swapped in Marcos Siega for previous director David Nutter, Variety has learned. The pilot, which stars Ruby Rose as the eponymous caped heroine, is being helmed by DC TV head Greg Berlanti, and was penned by “Vampire Diaries” alum [...]

  • OG Review

    Review: 'O.G.' on HBO

    Jeffrey Wright, the most compelling reason to watch HBO’s new film “O.G.,” is among television’s best actors at switching between codes or manners of being. On “Westworld,” his timeline-toggling android swaps personae so delicately that his performance gains in resonance when recalled in retrospect. (Perhaps that’s why Wright has been so oddly underrated through the [...]

  • Nahnatchka Khan Writers Room

    Nahnatchka Khan Exits 20th Century Fox TV for Overall Deal at Universal

    Nahnatchka Khan has signed a four-year overall deal at Universal Television. The deal brings an end to the decade-plus Khan and her Fierce Baby Productions banner spent at 20th Century Fox Television. The move will see Khan exit from her role as showrunner on ABC comedy “Fresh Off the Boat,” which she also created. The [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content