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December, 9

Simon Cowell's 'A-list surprise for 1D'

Simon Cowell has apparently got a few surprise up his sleeve to help One Direction go out on a high before their planned break.

The boyband - now consisting of Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson and Liam Payne - exceeded everybody's expectations when it was formed on the UK version of The X Factor in 2010. The original line-up also included Zayn Malik, but he quit in March (15).

In the last five years the boys have achieved world domination with smash hits including Kiss You and Best Song Ever. They'll appear on the 2015 X Factor final on Sunday (13Dec15), with boss Simon said to be planning a show they'll never forget.

"Simon knows the boys’ performance this weekend could be one of their last ones ever and wants them to go out in style," an insider told Britain's The Sun newspaper. "X Factor is where it all started for them in the first place, so it’s the perfect place to do a proper farewell."

Show sources say music mogul Simon has asked A-list names, including Mariah Carey, Will Ferrell and the band's good friend James Corden, to record video messages for the boys, which will be played on The X Factor after they've sung.

“He has managed to rope in some massive names using his connections," the source smiled. "It’s a big surprise for the boys and it will make their night even more special.”

The boys have all spoken about how much they can't wait to take some time off. Since finding fame in 2010 they've produced five albums and been on four world tours. They're adamant the group will reform, with Simon assuring fans the door is always open.

"The way I look at it with One Direction is that we've had five fantastic years and they're totally exhausted," Simon recently told MailOnline. "They need time out, but they will all be fine and, if they want to come back, they will. If not, they're all going to be OK."

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