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WATCH One Direction boast about their success in new advert

Esme Riley
By Esme Riley Published on 12 October 2012

One Direction have followed in the footsteps of David Beckham and Britney Spears to star in a new Pepsi advert.

WATCH One Direction boast about their success in new advert

Harry Styles


The X Factor group - Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson - have proved so popular in America that they've been given a coveted role in the soft drink's latest commercial.

But we have to admit - it's a little bit awkward.

The clip sees the band fighting over a can of Pepsi with NFL star Drew Brees.

Harry Styles leads the boys as they argue they're more worthy of the drink because of their phenomenal success in the charts, while the New Orleans Saints quarterback reckons his win in the Superbowl should have earned him the fizz.

1D have a screaming crowd of girls to support them and show Drew their platinum disc and a copy of them on the front of Billboard magazine.

But Drew - who has a rowdy horde of sports fans cheering him on - retaliates with his numerous trophies.

But cheeky One Direction Irishman Niall Horan then mediates: "If you give him the Pepsi you can be in the band."

At this, the sportsman surrenders and the ad ends with the new One Direction line-up performing on stage - Drew in the middle looking and sounding super awkward.

The band will no doubt have raked in huge amounts of cash to feature in the commercial, adding to the millions they've earned since coming third on X Factor in 2010.

The boys are reported to have made a whopping £100 million already - and that's on top of the estimated £200million they’ve earned for X Factor boss Simon Cowell and record bosses at Sony.

The boys' vast gains were let slip in the latest chapter of Simon Cowell’s unauthorised biography from Tom Bower.

The controversial biographer explained: “One Direction were Cowell’s new Westlife - a revival of his mastery of the music business.

“Nothing had been left to chance by Sony Music, with the band’s hit album Up All Night selling over five million copies.

“The songs, publishing, discs, DVDs, merchandising and endorsements brought in huge profits, with the five members of the group together estimated to have earned nearly £100million.

“Naturally, Sony and Syco raked in much more.”

Watch One Direction in the Pepsi advert below...

by Esme Riley

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