The final two contestants became the side attraction in the guest heavy finale of the UK's X Factor.
Between Coldplay, One Direction's swan song and Adele's pre-taped performance, December 13's X Factor finale wasn't a show to miss.
Star of the show was Adele and her performance of the record breaking "Hello." The performance amassed a small amount of controversy as it was filmed two hours before the main show and edited in as a live display.
Regardless of when it was recorded, Adele's performance of "Hello" is further proof of why she's still dominating the charts. Between her commanding vocal, the song's timeless appeal and her signature laugh at the end, it was a first class performance.
One Direction also took to the stage for their much-publicized final live performance before their forthcoming hiatus. The break is currently slated to last anywhere between 12 and 24 months, amid persistent rumors that the time off will be an opportunity for the four piece to change record labels and management, before continuing with their collective career, unburdened by the poor decision making of Simon Cowell and management company Modest.
Performing current single "Infinity" and 'Made in the A.M.' track "History", the boys cut an emotional tone and gave a predictably vocally competent performance. Say what you like about the British/Irish boy band, but they've got heaps of stage presence and, five years after first appearing on the show, they proved why they've been the X Factor's most successful export.
The guys posted a video message afterwards thanking their fans for all the support.
A message from One Direction to all of you!
Posted by One Direction on Sunday, December 13, 2015
2016 Super Bowl headliners Coldplay also took to the stage to promote their new record, 'A Head Full of Dreams' with another colorful, spirited performance of "A Head Full of Dreams".
Rita Ora also appeared on stage alongside the show's winner, Louisa Johnson: