1D have been compared to The Beatles

One Direction‘s mentor Simon Cowell is thrilled that they’ve had such a great reaction in America.

Simon, 52, told band member Louis Tomlinson, 20, that he’s struggling to drop off at night because he can’t get thoughts of the lads’ success out of his head.

‘He’s really, really excited by the reaction we’ve had out here and has said he’s not sleeping properly ‘cos he keeps thinking about us and how it’s going,’ says Louis.

‘He’s far too excited to sleep. Which is quite cool.’

LouisZayn Malik, 19, plus Harry Styles, Niall Horan and Liam Payne, all 18, made it to No 1 on the American iTunes chart with their debut album Up All Night

They’re building up an army of devoted fans in the States, which has led many to draw parallels between them and legendary 60s band The Beatles.

‘To be compared to something that was so big in its day is amazing,’ Louis tells the Daily Mirror.

‘To be our generation’s Beatles… wow. It is hugely flattering, but I’m not sure how seriously we can take it because it seems so unrealistic.’ 

Simon, who’s back on the Britain’s Got Talent panel, says One Direction’s success is down to the fact that they’re quite unsual in America.

‘We never hyped them but they’re going to be huge this year,’ he tells us. ‘It’s all happened on its own momentum.

‘There’s not that many groups doing well in the US and The X Factor is a huge opportunity to attract the next *NSync, Backstreet Boys or Destiny’s Child.’

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