One Direction went down a

storm with the audience at the first night of the X-Factor Official tour in Birmingham over the weekend.

The five-piece were hugely popular with the Birmingham crowd, with teenage girls screaming every time their image flashed up on the screen. When the boys finally made it to the stage, security had to step in to warn the crowds to get back as the audience surged forward to get a closer look at the up and coming boy band.

Unlike the other finalists, One Direction had the chance to perform 5 songs during their performance, only the winner Matt Cardle equalled the number of songs the boys were allowed to sing. The other finalists were all limited to just two songs each.

After taking to the stage, the lads from One Direction gave an energetic performance of Kids in America and Only Girl in the World. One Direction also had the honour of performing a track which didn’t feature on the ITV show. The boys sang Forever Young, the song they would have released as their winner’s song, if they had won the series.

The two Birmingham dates were a homecoming gigs for One Direction’s Liam Payne who hails from nearby Wolverhampton.

The nine X-Factor finalists are will now take their official tour across the country as they play 38 dates throughout the UK.