One Direction rehearse for their VMA debut. And I was there. Don't hate; celebrate.
One Direction's about to play one of the biggest shows of their lives -- 20,000-seat arena, 4,900 lights, 18 cameras, and a viewership that numbers in the eight digits. (And that's millions, if you don't wanna do the math.) On LIVE TV. But if the guys were nervous, you'd never know it from their VMA rehearsal today.
Inside the Staples Center -- where One Direction rehearsed for their 2012 MTV VMAs and will perform and possibly walk away with two Moonmen -- Liam, Niall, Harry, Louis and Zayn (my personal favorite -- the hair does it for me) had that one thing (sorry, but also, not sorry) that makes them immune from preperformance anxiety: their ability radiate cool confidence without cockiness (Sigh. British boys > American boys). And the unwavering support of their fans. Wait, that's two things. You can't just reduce the biggest boy band on the planet to just one thing, as any Directioner knows. And tomorrow night, you'll see some of their most devoted, most devout, and certainly luckiest fans who'll join them during their performance.
Before the guys entered the house, the Directioners took their places onstage, where I joined them (tough job, I know!) as we waited for the boys to run through their song. Hair was patted, skirts were smoothed, hands were squeezed in mutual support. And suddenly, the boys stepped out of the wing and onto the VMA stage for the very first time. Hushes gave way to stunned gasps, and there was much fanning accompanied by shallow breathing. I want to tell you that a heavenly light illuminated them as they entered the stage, and a hazy, otherworldly fog consumed them, but, well, I MEAN IT BASICALLY DID!
Go inside of One Direction's VMA rehearsal after the jump!