One Direction's devoted fans have been rewarded with a close encounter with the boy band ahead of tonight's concert in Auckland.
Hordes of hyper-excited Directioners braved rain and wind, as well as a little sun, to spend hours waiting patiently for a glimpse of the heart-throbs outside the Langham hotel. And it all paid off late this afternoon when the lads came out to say howdy.
Pakuranga Colleg students Deanna Laroche, 14, and Monique Bishop, 13, said they had been outside the Langham since early this morning.
Deanna said One Direction were "perfect".
"They are so genuine and down-to-Earth. They just kind of make everything better. And their voices - Zayn's high notes make me melt," she said.
Becca Strange, 15, said she did not want to say the wrong thing: "I don't want to say it's because they are hot. But... they are hot, that's just a plus, I really like their voices. They are good people."
Asked what they would do to meet the boys, the girls said: "Anything".
"I would punch myself in the face," Becca said.
"I would chop my head off," Deanna said. "I would stand naked on top of that building."
Grace McLean, Irene Gibbs, Evangeline Liddicoat and Shelby Neho had their journeys from Kaitaia and Whangarei vindicated when they spotted the band last night.
The boys had come down to one of the bars in the Langham complex and they saw Harry Styles walk past one of the entrances.
The fans are being restrained by a metal fence beside the Langham driveway but the hotel is being a good sport and reportedly brought the assembled girls croissants for breakfast.
17-year-old Jess Lim realised she was probably getting a little old for One Direction devotion but said she still went into "fan girl mode" when she spotted them.
"You feel like you're going to faint but you're still standing up and screaming. And you feel very... energetic. Like an adrenalin rush."
Jess said she and her friend Faith had researched the band so thoroughly "our stalking abilities are almost that of the FBI".
The only male in attendance was a university student who would not be identified and claimed he was only visiting his sister.
He claimed to not know any of One Direction's songs and said he preferred "chill step" and "glitch hop".
- © Fairfax NZ News
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