Yes they’re cheesy, but One Direction have done us proud

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I’d like to say I’m outraged that boy band One Direction have managed to top the US album charts and that if ‘real’ bands like the Beatles couldn’t achieve that feat, then why the hell should they?

The problem is I just can’t – because I love them so much!

Yes, they’re manufactured, but their debut single You’re Beautiful is one of the catchiest and happiest tunes I play in the car and when I’m going for my daily (okay, weekly) jog.

They’re now taking America by storm and are about to tackle my native Australia.

What a whirlwind journey from their days on stage in the X Factor.

Yes, you may be cheesy, but you’ve done Britain proud. Well done boys!