Battle Of The Boy Bands

Parks and Recreation actress and comedian Mara Marini puts Britain's most beloved boy bands head-to-head in our weekly debate and asks you to decide: Who's hotter?

Who's hotter: One Direction or The Wanted?

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One Direction

"One Way Or Another," you know of One Direction. And if you're under 16 and female, chances are you probably have a crush on this Brit pop quintet (well, one is from Ireland). If I were a few years younger, I'm sure I'd have their posters plastered all over my walls and ceiling, and a Harry Styles pillowcase to go with it. They're coming out with a movie this Friday called This Is Us, have more than 14 million Twitter followers and have sold more than 10 million albums. With all the guys 21 years old or under,these boys definitely know how to "Live While We’re Young."

The Wanted

It’s a "Warzone." Another English-Irish boy band under 25, The Wanted is also making a big splash in the pop world. They have a reality show on E! called The Wanted Life. Their debut single, "All Time Low," hit the No. 1 spot on the UK singles chart, and "Glad You Came" went double platinum in the States. Talented, handsome and successful, these boys are "Invincible."

Talent

One Direction: They are the first UK musical group to debut their first album at No. 1 on the Billboard album chart, which puts them ahead of The Beatles!

The Wanted: Like One Direction, they claim they don’t dance (although they actually can), but unlike One Direction, they play their own instruments. Tom Parker, Max George and Siva Kaneswaran play the guitar, Nathan Sykes plays the piano and Jay McGuiness can play the drums, box and tambourine.

Lifestyle

One Direction: For being rich, young and on top of the world, these boys seem pretty grounded. Liam Payne also doesn't drink alcohol.

The Wanted: The band has less of a clean-cut reputation than One Direction. Max was rumored to have been involved in the fight that led to Lindsay Lohan's arrest last November. They do, however, seem to be good guys. Jay's motto is "Work hard and be nice to people."

Fitness

One Direction: "What Makes You Beautiful?" With their ages ranging from 19 to 21, they have youth on their side. And it sounds like they get enough of a workout onstage and in rehearsals that they can eat whatever they want.

The Wanted: Max loves sports and played for the Preston North End football club. He now loves push-ups and performs a few hundred every day. Siva runs for 30 minutes every day. It sounds like all the members like to keep fit and eat healthy.

Kindness

One Direction: They bought their parents cars and have supported the Alzheimer's Association and Greenpeace.

The Wanted: After their performance on The Tonight Show, the boys sang with fans in the parking lot. Max also stripped down for AXM Magazine's naked issue to support cancer research.

Pets

One Direction: "One Thing" they apparently all want is a dog. But it sounds like their schedule is pretty intense. They've also donated to some animal rights causes.

The Wanted: Apparently Max has four dogs and two lizards. Jay also has a lizard and was named Sexiest Male Vegetarian in 2011 by PETA.

Intelligence

One Direction: These boys are young, but they have it together. They all have different roles in the band. Liam is touted as the smart one, and enrolled in the Wolverhampton College to study music technology. Harry is the flirt (who speaks French fluently, by the way). Niall Horan is the funny one, Louis Tomlinson is the leader and Zayn Malik is the bad boy.

The Wanted: The boys work hard on their music. Siva spends a lot of time in the studio writing and recording and is the soft-spoken, sensible member of the group. Tom Parker is the oldest member and the leader; he also dropped out of Manchester Metropolitan University to pursue music. Max is the ladies' man, Jay is the party animal and Nathan is the youngest.

Commitment

One Direction: Even though they're quite young, Louis is in a long-term relationship, Liam is dating his childhood crush and Zayn and Little Mix's Perrie Edwards just got engaged. Harry may only be 19, but he's already been linked to a couple supermodels and singers Rita Ora, Lily Halpert and Taylor Swift.

The Wanted: No "Heart Vacancy" here. Max was engaged to actress Michelle Keegan, Siva and Tom are in long-term relationships and the latest rumor is that Nathan and singer Ariana Grande are dating.

Vote

So are you "Up All Night" or "Chasing The Sun"? Vote for your favorite boys in the poll below, and leave a comment about your vote!


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About Mara Marini

Mara Marini

Mara Marini is a Canadian film, television and theater actress perhaps best known for her recurring role as Brandi Maxxxx on the hit NBC comedy series Parks and Recreation. Marini has also appeared in a number of indie comedy and horror films. In 2013, she launched a popular digital comedy video series called Inside Dating on Break.com, will soon be guest-starring on Disney's Kickin' It and shooting a politically incorrect feature comedy this fall. For more information on Mara, check out her official website www.maramarini.com, follow her on Facebook or on Twitter at @popgloss.

Photo credits: WENN.com

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Comments on "Who's hotter: One Direction vs. The Wanted"

Emily March 11, 2014 | 12:35 PM

The wanted are so much better and they can sing, 1D are just a five min wonder where some people are so gullible they like them. And besides anyone would be a idiot NOT to choose the best boy band in the world (the wanted) to a rubbish boy band who makes toads sound good and look good ( the last fact was about one direction you could probably tell. and people say the wanted are really old , there not. You can tell what age they are by looking at there hansom body's :-)

1Drocks TWsucks January 30, 2014 | 11:12 AM

one direction is way better they are the #1 band in the world and they have the best fandom i didn't even know who the wanted a couple years agowas theres a reason they are breaking up and they even said they cant compete with 1D

kaylegh deehan January 27, 2014 | 3:24 AM

I love the wanted I've been to all the concerts around the world. my favorite one was war-zone and another thing i am the number one fan because i know what they like and don't like. my number one Hottest guy of all the boy bands is Nathan James Sykes. and they are not dumb and stupid. They are way way way way hotter than 1D

mharry January 20, 2014 | 6:04 PM

SORRY BUT ONE DIRECTION IS SUCH A BETTER GROUP THAN THE WANTED OMG DIRECTIONERS POWER!

Big fan of The Wanted January 18, 2014 | 3:47 PM

Its gotta be The Wanted coz Tom Parker has a fit body then 1D and Max he strips off for supporting cancer research and did 1D do that NO SO ---- you 1D most rubbish band ever there songs make me tried and The Wanted make me sing and I just love them spook much love you The Wanted.

Saisree January 18, 2014 | 4:04 AM

The wanted have a way better songs then 1d though I like them both if it comes to choosing I choose the wanted

Lakeisha January 16, 2014 | 7:39 AM

The wanted..........soooooo hot......sooooooo talented.....hot like chilli peppers

Kisha January 16, 2014 | 7:36 AM

The wanted.....they are HOT like peppers

nasim January 11, 2014 | 3:36 AM

THE WANTED

Directioner January 10, 2014 | 10:28 AM

1D are soooooooooo much better than the wanted without a doubt. 1D has great talent, the best looks ever, are actually funny, and weird (not in a bad way) and are the best.

Khadeja January 08, 2014 | 10:13 AM

The Wanted are way better than one direction. They have great talent, voice,personality and looks. I love them and don't care about your opinion! The Wanted

Alice January 07, 2014 | 2:41 AM

The wanted by far one direction SUCKS I HATE THEM

Alexia January 04, 2014 | 9:11 AM

Come on people. If u are a directioner, u have no taste in music. Zayn Malik totally turned his back to his dad's religion. The wanted is my number 1#WFANmily # PRISONER 4 LIFE

Michelle January 04, 2014 | 12:00 AM

ONE DIRECTION 100% THEY ARE AT LEAST STILL YOUNG TO ATTRACK YOUNG FANS AND THE WANTED'S OLDEST MEMBER IS TOO OLD TO BE SINGING IN A BOY BAND. I MEAN THATS PROBABLY WHY THEY'RE NOT ON NICK'S TOP TEN tomJUST ISN'T "NEW" I THINK AT HIS AGE HE SHOULD BE SETTLING DOWN AND HAVING A FAMILY OF HIS OWN. LOUIS TOMLINSON IS THE OLDEST MEMBER IN ONE DIRECTION BUT HE IS STILL HOT AND THIS IS ALL PROOF THAT ONE DIRECTION IS BETTER THAN THE WANTED

melissa January 03, 2014 | 11:43 PM

IT'S TOTALLY THE WANTED BECAUSE UNLIKE THE WANTED, ONE DIRECTION WEARS SKINNY JEANS IN THIER LATE TEENS I CALL THAT WANNABES. I THINK ONE DIRECTION HAS A HABBIT NOT TO MENTION THAT THEY ARE SOOOOOOOOOO I WILL BE THE WANTED'S NUMBER ONE FAN FOR LIFE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

the_wanted December 28, 2013 | 1:03 PM

THE WANTED FOR EVAAAAAA

SHAYNE December 26, 2013 | 11:17 PM

WE ARE ONLY YOUNG IF WE SEIZE THE NIGHT!!!.....WHOOOAHH...THNE WANTED!!!...

hubert john adriano December 26, 2013 | 11:02 PM

BOTH THE WANTED AND ONE DIRECTION!!!!!....

Marliny December 13, 2013 | 6:39 PM

the wanted are sooooooooo lame. One Direction is hotter the wanted.

Reiley December 11, 2013 | 9:07 AM

One Direction all the way. Leaving looks out of this, One Direction is superior to the wanted in many ways vocal ability being the main key. I'm not saying I hate the wanted because I would lying. I don't think they are bad in any way and they seem very talented. Its just in my own personal opinion that The Wanted is inferior to One Direction.

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