First Look: See Louis Tomlinson on 'X Factor' Set With Simon Cowell & Contestants

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Louis Tomlinson and Simon Cowell at the judges homes on The X Factor UK

As One Direction prepares for its impending hiatus, splintering solo career arcs have started to emerge. Today, we get the first look at Louis Tomlinson's 1D break plans -- a gig with mentor Simon Cowell on the U.K. (i.e., not canceled) version of The X Factor.

As Directioners know, the 21st century's most popular boy band got their start as a Cowell creation on the singing competition show. So Tomlinson is uniquely qualified to mentor and advise aspiring singers on how to impress the British music guru.

Speaking of fulfilling the role of mentor, Tomlinson and Briana Jungwirth will welcome their first child into the world within the next few months. So at least this X Factor gig will give him a chance to practice dealing with crying children. 

See first-look pics at Louis on X Factor below.