Mexico: So-Called Niall Horan Celebrates Birthday, Throws Free ‘1D’ Concert

Niall Horan missed the Teen Choice Awards, but was it because he flew from Miami to Mexico to celebrate his birthday — and did he throw a free One Direction concert?

In the world of Niall Horan, there are plenty of people claiming that they are similar to him — but few actually come close to being a professional Niall Horan.

However, in Mexico, there’s a group of doppelgangers — and they have a Niall Horan impersonator.

On Twitter and Instagram, there are frequent posts about people that look like Niall Horan, such as Gordon Ramsay. In fact, some of these Niall Horan doppelgangers are downright scary.

In some cases, Niall Horan impersonators have learned the hard way that One Direction fans find them absolutely unacceptable. Regardless, few Niall Horan lookalikes are as convincing as Bernardo Mendez of Mexico.

As previously reported by the Inquisitr, there are a long list of people that look like various members of One Direction — but in Mexico, they make Niall Horan and 1D impersonating a full-time job.

Not to be confused with Peru’s Tributo a One Direction, this band is commonly found online as “One Direction Imitadores Mexico” and are in association with the event planning organization Imitators Top Mexico.

On August 16, 1D Imitadores Mexico gave a free performance at the Teatro Juan Ruiz de Alarcon near Mexico City and featured “Niall Horan” on stage just days after his birthday on August 10.

But do fans in Mexico love their version of Niall Horan? In addition to frequent social media posts with photos of the Niall Horan of Mexico, there is a lot of support on the Imitators Top Mexico fan page on Facebook for this version of 1D.

About the August 16 Tributo a One Direction concert, one fan commented on the Imitators Top Mexico Facebook page, “Thanks a lot for these moments that give to our Directionistas. It is a pleasure to see their spectacularity. A hug and success in everything.”

While being a Niall Horan impersonator is certainly an interesting job, it can be dangerous. On June 5, 2014, the Mirror reports that the Niall Horan impersonator in the U.K. had to be rescued from fans by security guards in Glasgow, Scotland.

On the other hand, being a Niall Horan impersonator could mean big things for the future careers of the imitators. For instance, Gossie reports that Bono performed in May with his impersonator.

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