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One Direction Video Music Awards Rehearsal

One Direction rehearses for the Video Music Awards at the Staples Center in L.A. on Sept. 5.
Photo: John Shearer/Invision for MTV

“…You make my heart race.” It’s hilarious but I did not fully expect to be as SMITTEN KITTEN the moment the handsome, young (stress on YOUNG) lads of One Direction hit the stage. Yet here I am in the Staples Center the day before the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards unprepared for how legitimately magnetic the fellas are. You can only imagine what the performance will be like live on the night of the VMAs when they’re flanked by throngs of screaming fans who have all been toiling to make sure that the Irish/English quintet win over Justin Bieber for the new ‘Most Share-Worthy Video’ category.

Made famous by X-Factor and pop svengali Simon Cowell, One Direction is of course comprised of Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Zayn Malik and Louis Tomlinson and each are wearing some variation of jeans and a tee or flannel. It’s classic rehearsal garb—sneakers are scuffed, denim well worn and the button-downs are beloved and rumpled but we need to talk about the hair. THE HAIR IS PRISTINE. It’s hysterical that each dude—from Harry’s tousled fringe to Zayn’s two-tone pompadour to Niall’s shock of sculpted blond locks—boasts a performance-ready look.

One Direction Video Music Awards Rehearsal

One Direction rehearses for the Video Music Awards at the Staples Center in L.A. on Sept. 5.
Photo: John Shearer/Invision for MTV

What’s especially heartening is that the guys are genuinely excited. After a quick powwow with their team, they got to watch their performance played back from the monitor and they were grinning and slightly nervous when they got to really see themselves on our set. You forget that internationally beloved heartthrobs were not always famous and it’s super sweet to see them appreciate the significance of this moment. It’s also just plain lovely to see that the kids aren’t the least bit jaded or too cool for school.

Not to blow up spots but the other folks in house who were particularly thrilled were the ladies (producers and highly professional bloggers) who couldn’t help but enthusiastically bob their heads and jab each other in the ribs and giggle at the boys’ close proximity. Seriously, I’m going to need mind bleach to scrub One Direction’s “One Thing” from my brain right now. It is SO crazy infectious especially when you hear it in repetition. That ’OooohWhoooah’ clapping sequence before the breakdown is boyband GOLD.

Watch the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Thursday, Sept. 6, at 8 p.m. ET/PT. Catch the live preshow at 7 p.m. ET/PT and cast your votes for Best New Artist and Most Share-Worthy Video into the show!

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