The Battle of the Boy Bands is on, and that means fans can vote now on which of the 32 contenders can rise to the top and win the honor and distinction of being the fan-voted Best Boy Band of All Time. With so many bands in the running, MTV News caught up with the guys from One Direction, who weighed in on their chances of going all the way. But before the guys explain why you should vote for them, we have some facts about the fivesome that may help you decide if they're your ultimate boy band in the battle:
The guys broke a record with their debut album, Up All Night, when they released it in the U.S. last month. Selling 176,000 copies, the band became the first British group to have their debut album enter the chart at #1.
The guys have won the hearts of teen girls across our great land thanks to the feel-good anthem "What Makes You Beautiful," about loving a girl who doesn't know how beautiful she really is.
Their sunny, beachy clip for "What Makes You Beautiful" is their biggest entry into the world of music videos so far and certainly sets the tone for the five fun-loving lads. The Brits definitely won over American girls with the video's SoCal vibe. Debut Album
Up All Night dropped internationally in November 2011, and just like its chart success here in the States, it sold big, debuting at #2 with 138,631 copies in the U.K., which was enough to give it the highest sales for a #2 album in the U.K. for 2011. Biggest Competition
Mostly the guys from the Wanted, who are the bad-boy answer to One Direction group of nice guys. So why do One Direction think they should win our Battle of the Boy Bands? "You should vote for us to be the ultimate boy band if you like us," Liam Payne said, with Louis Tomlinson adding, "If you like our music, then feel free to vote for us as the ultimate boy band. We're just us." Harry Styles had this final reason One Direction deserves your vote: "We like to have a lot of fun." Voting in round one of MTV's Battle of the Boy Bands is now open and runs until noon ET on Thursday, April 26. Winners are determined by fan votes, so if your favorite band made the cut, make sure you keep voting. Spread the word on Twitter using the hashtag #BBB and like us on Facebook for updates!