Simon Cowell thinks One Direction is doing better than ever after recovering from Zayn Malikleaving the group! In an interview on The Late Late Show, their mentor says that they’ve been dealing with the news as well as can be expected — but their next album is definitely going to turn heads.

“For the boys, it was interesting because [when they heard the news] they were in the middle of these live shows. And I watched the shows back and they were, I got to hand it to them, incredible to kind of work it out so quickly. They were amazing,” he said.


As for their fifth album? He thinks it’s going to be better than anything else they’ve ever worked on.

“I have a feeling they’re going to deliver this year the best record they’ve ever made. I’ve heard some of the early stuff, so I’m feeling good.”

Louis Tomlinson and Liam Payne are hard at work in the studio, so it sounds like they are already making hits. Even though it must be so rough to deal with such a major group upheaval, it’s great that they’re focusing on their music.

Do you think that 1D’s next album will be better than ever? Tell us in the comments!