do you really think that boys are not good enough and would not be succesfull without Louis?
The simple answer is yes. I do think Louis is the key to how they evolved as a band. It has nothing to do with whether I think the boys are good enough on their own.
Take the things we know: Simon wanted to put together a boyband. He had a formula in mind and a shelf life. Simon originally gave them a three year contract which is what I think he thought their original shelf life would be. But Simon never had plans for longevity.
Louis has always been their leader. He’s your favs fav and he cultivated each of the boys individually and collectively. There’s plenty written about Louis pulling Liam out of his shell. Watch the way the other boys talk about him.
I’d bet money he was one of the loudest about every aspect of their image. We call them a boyband but they really bucked a lot of those troupes and you have to have a strong personality who’s not afraid to make that happen. That person is and always has been Louis.
I also very strongly believe that Harry is the greatest performer of his generation and that part of how he’s gotten there is he had Louis in his corner. He had encouragement all along. You don’t become that person in a vacuum.
All in all, he fought for them. He fought for the sound they ended up with. He fought for their image. And all of those things add up to the lightning in a bottle that is One Direction. Without the version of One Direction that came to be we wouldn’t love them as much and they wouldn’t have the solo success they’re all having.