Styles performed his blistering rock track “Kiwi” in a royal purple suit and coifed hairdo — which fans said channeled David Bowie and Bruno Mars — and evoked Mick Jagger with his performance. Judge Simon Cowell watched as his former protégé from the show’s 2010 season rocked the stage, proving that he’s worthy of the success that the show first brought him.
Styles’ performance marks the first time that any of the One Direction members have taken the X Factor stage since they began pursuing solo careers in the last few years. He’ll be touring Asia and Australia for the rest of the year before continuing his worldwide tour through next July.
Watch the captivating performance below.
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