Hundreds upon hundreds of high-pitched teenage girls took to the Montreal streets yesterday in hopes of catching a glimpse of British-Irish boy band One Direction, who were making a stop at the Musique Plus studios downtown.
Several teens, who had camped out on the street all night (in unseasonably low temps), were treated by paramedics for hypothermia and exhaustion. Media outlets speculate that anywhere between 200-1000 young ladies had shown up at the studios on Bleury Street.
"I'm so nervous," one girl told an interviewer from the network outside the studio (according to The Canadian Press). Asked what she would tell the boys if she had a chance to speak with them, the girl responded instantaneously: "Will you marry me?" And CJAD quoted one fan as saying, "We would do anything for them. We would risk our lives for them."
One Direction, who signed to music mogul Simon Cowell's music label as well as Columbia Records in North American, and who came in third on the reality show "The X Factor," are made up of Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson. They had come into the competition individually and were formed into a group on the show. Their first single came out last September and did extremely well on the charts. According to CP, their first album, "Up All Night" was the fastest-selling debut album on the U.K. charts last year.
It was One Direction's first visit to Montreal.