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One Direction's Zayn Malik on the red carpet

One Direction performed live again over the weekend, but our favourite member was noticeably absent.

No, not Louis. Zayn's hair strand.

The single lock of hair turned heads and set the internet on fire when it made its debut atop Zayn's head at the American Music Awards. Some say it was the sole reason the boys came home with three awards.

However, while performing on the X Factor final on Saturday, Zayn opted to sheath his secret weapon in favour of a more subtle slicked back ponytail look.

Not everyone was a fan.

Someone even compared him to an ancient legend in music reality TV history - Pop Idol contestant Darius, in his "Britney" phase.

But of course, it's all about the angles - and some fans found his look a little more favourable.

And as always, there are those who believe that no matter his look, Zayn is still basically a Disney prince. And they're not wrong.

It's not like Zayn has no idea what he's doing to the world. In fact, the scamp is completely clued in to the reaction he's getting. On the Graham Norton Show a week or so ago, he and the band actually reacted to Tweets about the strand. 

Rude.

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