The British capital rang out to teenage screams the likes of which has not been seen in decades as pop sensations One Direction hit the red carpet for the world premiere of "1D: This Is Us."
Band members Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, Niall Horan and Louis Tomlinson rocked the red carpet amid ear-splitting decibel levels of screams from an estimated 70,000 fans. Leicester Square had to be sealed off by the police as the crowds swelled to capacity at the central London location.
Directed by Morgan Spurlock, the movie follows the five member band who were put together by Simon Cowell on The X Factor in the U.K. in 2010 after facing an early exit as individuals on the show before the reality music maestro created the boy band.
The band went on to come third on that year's show and Spurlock's movie follows them as they go onto become what myriad U.K. outlets have described as "global sensations."
Cowell himself earned his own teeny-bopper adulation after arriving at the event, introduced to the crowd as the person who made the whole hysteria possible by putting them together.
Cowell, from the red carpet sporting ray ban aviators, said he "felt like a father" as One Direction band members walked amidst the screaming fans, referencing the recent media frenzy about him becoming a dad.
"It's like a dream come true," Cowell said, as the screams from the crowds threatened to drown him out.
Spurlock said the premiere was the biggest movie event he had ever been too, let alone the largest event for any movie he has been involved in.
"This is the greatest movie premiere I have ever been to in my life," Spurlock said.
He also joked that he was the "sixth member" of the pop sensation and that he was "ready to step in" to the band before singing and dancing to the band's hit She's Not Afraid. . . (Continued)