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It’s official: One Direction will be performing on The X Factor! The band’s right-hand man and X Factor guru Simon Cowell hinted as much earlier this season, and now it’s official. The best part? We don’t even have to wait that long for their arrival. The boy band byproduct of X Factor UK is performing this week!

Turn to X Factor on Thursday (November 21) to see the five hot lads from overseas sing their hearts on on the US version of the stage that made them famous. Maybe they’ll have some advice to offer the up-and-coming new acts or at least a consoling group hug for the act voted out that night.

As it turns out, it’s particularly fitting 1D would perform this week, seeing as the song choice theme is numbers made famous by UK artists. Simon, if you’re listening, here are a couple of our suggestions: We’d love to see Alex & Sierra take on “Story of My Life” or a Restless Road rendition of “Best Song Ever.” Let us know what you think.

X Factor made the super exciting 1D announcement earlier today via the show’s official Facebook. “Calling all ‪#‎directioners‬: One Direction will be performing this Thu at 8/7c! Commence the screaming!,” reads the post. How did they know we’d be screaming?!

Source: X Factor on Facebook

Elisabeth Kramer is an Assistant Editor at Wetpaint Entertainment and our resident Downton Abbey expert. Follow her on Twitter and Google+!