Irish pop icon Niall Horan reportedly has U.S. television shows vying to be the venue for his first live appearance as a solo artist in the country, as reported by Headline Planet.
Originally, the One Direction star was scheduled to appear on The Late Late Show With James Corden on Wednesday, October 26 and then on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Thursday, October 27.
The Niall Horan Ellen appearance has now been moved up to 4 p.m. Wednesday, October 26, in most areas, on NBC.
“Don’t miss his American TV solo debut!” the show’s website reads with regard to the appearance of Niall Horan on Ellen.
Reports indicate that the Ellen website originally stated, erroneously, that the scheduled Thursday show would be the “American TV solo debut” for Horan.
Had the Niall Horan Ellen appearance not been moved up by one day, The Late Late Show With James Corden would have been the first. This was said to have prompted Ellen and her producers to approach the One Direction star about changing the date of the Niall Horan Ellen debut.
It can probably be safely assumed that the pop sensation was agreeable to Ellen’s proposal, as Horan is now scheduled to make the U.S. debut of his first solo single “This Town,” which is available on iTunes and Google Play, today. The “This Town” YouTube video, uploaded just three weeks ago, has over 13 million views. The new Niall Horan YouTube account, which only has two videos, has over 600,000 subscribers.
Also on Ellen today, Martha Stewart and Snoop Dog will discuss their new VH1 outing Martha and Snoop’s Dinner Party, where the convicted felon homemaker and rap star will presumably present tips on food preparation and entertaining guests. Donald Glover and Anna Kendrick are also expected to appear.
Niall Horan rose to prominence in the music world with the Irish-British pop band One Direction, the product of Simon Cowell’s television show X-Factor and Syco Records. One Direction lists numerous Teen Choice, Brit, American, MTV Video Music, and MTV Europe Music Awards, among many other accolades, among their accomplishments, which has made the members among the most wealthy and revered entertainers in the world today.
As a group, Forbes reports that Niall Horan and One Direction are expected to earn $110 million in 2016. This makes them the second-highest grossing entertainers in the world, topped only by Taylor Swift, who is expected to earn $170 million this year. Author James Patterson follows Horan on the list of top-earning celebrities. Forbes expects the Kiss the Girls author to earn $95 million in 2016.
Ellen DeGeneres isn’t too far behind the guest she bumped up by one day to make good on her American “debut” promise. Forbes pegs Ellen’s 2016 earnings at $75 million. Among the select few who earn more than Ellen are highly recognizable stars like Madonna, Lionel Messi, and Howard Stern.
Horan first auditioned as a solo artist on The X-Factor in 2010 where he did not progress through the competition. However, American X-Factor judge, Nicole Scherzinger was said to have suggested that Niall Horan join-up with One Direction, then only Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Zayn Malik, and Louis Tomlinson, and the band’s current line-up took form.
One Direction was reported by Billboard to have begun a “hiatus” in December 2015. A few videos were uploaded to the group’s YouTube account in early 2016, but it has been quiet since. Fans tweeted in anticipation of the Niall Horan Ellen appearance, with backstage photos being shared on social media.
“You’ve been an absolute pleasure to work with… Five of the nicest guys I ever met,” X-Factor creator Simon Cowell was quoted with regard to Niall Horan and the rest of One Direction in December 2015.
More recently, Cowell has been less kind in his words about Horan in particular. The Daily Mail reports Simon “blasting” Niall’s “lack of loyalty.”
Niall Horan is going to be on The Ellen Show tomorrow.— Reasons To Smile (@ReasonsSmiIe) October 26, 2016
Ellen compartio esta foto junto a Niall durante la pre-grabación de su show.— Niall Horan Updates (@NJHoranGUpdates) October 26, 2016
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