Doncaster boy band sensation Louis Tomlinson and his One Direction bandmates are to see their waxworks roll into Blackpool next month.
After months of touring the world, reaching every corner of the globe, One Direction are now taking up residence by the beach at Madame Tussauds Blackpool.
From London to Sydney, fans in mega cities across the globe have been worshipping the boys, but it’s the famous seaside town of Blackpool that will be getting the pleasure of hosting the band’s wax figures this September.
To celebrate their arrival, 500 lucky fans will be able to meet the pop sensations at a special first-look preview event on September 4 when Madame Tussauds Blackpool will be hosting an event from 5pm till 8pm.
Guests will be able to brush cheeks with Liam, Zayn, Harry, Niall and Louis and get that all-important selfie. The incredibly life-like figures provide a unique experience of being in touching distance of the boys.
The UK’s biggest pop export, One Direction have secured worldwide fame thanks to their talent, charm and flawless image of which has been uniquely realised in wax at Madame Tussauds Blackpool from September 5 to November 9.
The quintet of wax figures sit casually together on a school-style double bench where fans can sit right beside them. Wearing clothes donated by the boys, their smart casual style comes across in the fully themed One Direction room in the heart of the attraction.
Each band member gave two sittings to help create the figures. The talented Madame Tussauds studios team took hundreds of precise measurements, examined their skin tones, eye colour and matched up hair swatches to ensure total accuracy.
The boys were stunned by the likeness at the figures launch at Madame Tussauds London last year, Zayn commented “They look wicked, they’re bang on!” with Louis adding that he “can’t wait for fans to see them”. Niall was stunned at seeing his double “It’s really good, isn’t it?! This is weird - he’s wearing my actual shoes!” The boys were overwhelmed by the experience, Liam said “This is definitely a privilege, getting a wax figure” and Harry agreed “It’s amazing and such an honour”.
A team of 40, including sculptors, moulders, hair stylists, colourists and wardrobe experts worked flat out for four months to create the figures which each cost £150,000 to make.
One Direction have become superstars since their creation on X Factor in 2010, selling 35 million records, reaching Number One in the US with all three of their studio albums and accumulating an impressive 19.9 million Twitter followers.
The band are no strangers to Blackpool, Zayn Malik was recently spotted in the town supporting his fiancée Perrie Edwards, who was performing with her band Little Mix.
Directioners, the self-christened super fans, are expected to the flock in their droves to the attraction to meet the five heart-throbs face-to-face.
Matthew Titherington, General Manager at Madame Tussauds Blackpool said: “We’re very excited to welcome One Direction into the attraction, the boys have a pull like no one else so we’re expecting the figures to cause some commotion.
“There has been a massive demand from visitors to bring the band to Blackpool so we can’t wait to see fan’s reactions when they come face-to-face with the boys.”
The popular Blackpool attraction is the only Madame Tussauds in the UK, outside of London, and features 15 highly interactive zones and experiences, where visitors can literally get up-close and personal to the best of Britain’s celebrities from the world of TV, music and sport.
Open 364 days a year, from 10am, a visit to Madame Tussauds Blackpool is essential – where else can you savour over two centuries of fame and notoriety? The “must do” attraction sits in the heart of the bustling seaside town’s world famous promenade, providing guests with unique opportunities to create memories with the country’s national treasures.