It's the verdict we've all been waiting to hear — how will One Direction perform without Zayn Malik? Who would sing his solos? Would there be a noticeable absence in the boys' stage presence?
Well, those questions were answered this weekend when the boys performed in South Africa, marking 1D's first concert sans-Zayn.
Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, and Niall Horan didn't mention their former band member during the show. Some fans were upset that Malik was taken out of the On The Road Again intro video.
Though Zayn wasn't mentioned, the boys hinted at his departure throughout the concert, mostly to thank the fans for sticking by them. Styles said to the audience:
"Thank you for choosing to spend your evening with us. You have no idea how much we love you right now … I won't lie to you. Tonight was a big deal for us, and what you've done tonight has meant so much to us. We love you … You've always been there for us and we will always be there for you."
And as for Zayn's signature high notes, the boys totally had it covered! Each of the remaining band members took turns covering Zayn's parts in their songs!
[ Related: If Zayn Says He Didn't Want To Pursue Music Now That He's Left One Direction… Then Why Does He Keep Having Meetings With Naughty Boy!? ]
Niall sang Zayn's solo in Night Changes, while Louis took it over in Don't Forget Where You Belong. Harry covered Zayn's part in Strong.
Liam even changed the lyrics of Night Changes, emotionally singing on stage, "having no regrets is all that he knew he wants" — clearly directed towards Malik.
Awww! It sounds like it was a really moving concert for the boys!
We hope that 1D continues to have killer concerts, and that having one less member doesn't keep them from staying on top!!
[Image via 1D Updates Twitter.]
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