This is definitely the high time for 1D, stateside. They remind me of O-Town actually. Formed on reality TV, smashed right out the gate and flopped practically in the blink of an eye. BSB and *NSYNC either flopped or had slow starts in their first tries to break their home country but they worked from the start and it paid off in the long run. Reminds me of how the TW got started. Strings aside, they did go through months of promo rounds before releasing their debut single. I'm not saying they'll have a long and fulfilling career because of that but to say they were handed their success on a silver platter (like 1D) isn't all fair.