On April 4, One Direction was rehearsing for SNL at Center Staging, a Burbank rehearsal studio when security for the band became aware that The Wanted was about to show up to rehearse for their “American Idol” performance the next day. One Direction — all of them except Liam — was scared because the British tabloids have been writing about tension and smack talk between the 2 bands.
The One Direction lads talked about the guys from The Wanted being tough guys and they were worried about getting taunted and manhandled. One Direction decided to abruptly end the session and leave, but before that happened The Wanted showed up. Security for The Wanted then told band members about One Direction‘s fears, and Max bolted into the studio where One Direction was wrapping up, laughed and gave Liam a hug.