As One Direction gets ready to take an extended break in 2016, the band visited its first home, The X Factor stage, one more time during the U.K. show’s live finale on Sunday night (Dec. 13). Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson performed “Infinity” and “History,” and Simon Cowell wished them well with their upcoming time off.
“Well, this takes me back five years ago when I met five guys, singing as solo artists, and then I never could have predicted what happened next. And I know you're gonna take a break, you deserve the break. I want to really just take the chance now to say thank you. You've been an absolute pleasure to work with ... Five of the nicest guys I ever met. Enjoy the time off. Have a fantastic time,” Cowell said to the band.