Will One Direction fans soon swoon for a date with Reggie Watts because he has replaced Zayn Malik? The truth is, One Direction stated on the Late Late Show with James Corden on May 15 that they will not be adding a fifth member — the exception being Reggie Watts.
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, the transcripts of the video of One Direction on the Late Late Show stated the following.
“After James Corden asks Harry Styles one more time about whether One Direction had ever thought of adding another member, Harry Styles points at a member of James Corden’s band and says, ‘Well, maybe Reggie [Watts].'”
One Direction also concluded their interview on the Late Late Show by performing with Reggie Watts.
But who is Reggie Watts? And if One Direction’s claim is/was not sarcastic in the first place, what can we expect next? After all, it was clear from the video that One Direction was cut off from making further comments about Reggie Watts, and for all fans know — this could be a serious lead on replacing Zayn Malik.
As it appears, Reggie Watts might be great for One Direction for several good reasons. Things One Direction fans might like is that Reggie Watts is well-known for having a comical side — but is still one of the top experimental musicians in America.
However, there are definitely a few things that stand out in contrast to One Direction. For example, he is much older than the rest of One Direction at age 43 — but could that be a good thing?
Statistics about One Direction show that the median age of their audience is actually “teenage girls and their mums,” according to the Sydney Morning Herald. Perhaps One Direction could represent “mum fans” by adding an older member to the team?
But the main point that One Direction will need to cover is whether or not Reggie Watts can sing. Obviously, when he was on Conan O’Brien’s show in 2011, Reggie Watts gave a sample of tunes that prove he does have the angelic singing voice required by a One Direction replacement.
Want to be the judge of this possible One Direction replacement? Other songs of Reggie Watts where he is singing in a style suitable to One Direction include “Reg Rolled“.
Reggie Watts also has other voice talents that will amaze One Direction fans such as beat boxing and doing voice imitations. Although many of his videos are NSFW, several samples of Reggie Watts doing voice tricks can be found in his videos for “A Live At Central Park,”TED, and NPR‘s “Tiny Desk Concert“
On the other hand, as time goes on, One Direction fans might find that Reggie Watts has more in common with the four gents than first meets the eye. For instance, Reggie Watts is also European as he was born in Stuttgart, Germany on March 23, 1972.
From his website bio, we learn of other qualities this possible One Direction replacement brings to the table. For example, Reggie Watts’ website states, “Reggie’s improvised musical sets are created on-the-spot using only his formidable voice and a looping machine. No two songs are ever the same. An avowed ‘disinformationist,’ Reggie loves to disorientate his audiences in the most entertaining way. You may not know what Reggie is going to do, but that’s okay – he doesn’t either.”
But are One Direction fans ready for a musician described as a “musical disorientist” or “disinformationist”? One thing is for sure: Reggie Watts might transform One Direction so much that they might have to change their name to One Surreal Direction.
For now, One Direction fans can continue to analyze Reggie Watts as a replacement for Zayn Malik on the Late Late Show with James Corden, his Twitter account, or on his IFC television show Comedy Bang! Bang! – Reggie Makes Music.
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