One Direction
One Direction

ACA's Tracy Grimshaw compares 1D hysteria to Monkees

A CURRENT Affair host Tracy Grimshaw says she gets the hysteria surrounding One Direction, likening it to herself meeting the Monkees when she was 15.

On Thursday night, the world's biggest pop band will take over A Current Affair.

Harry, Zayn, Liam, Niall and Louis will sit down with host Grimshaw for an exclusive interview followed by an intimate performance for the live studio audience.

The guys will talk about their new album, FOUR, as well as their upcoming Australian Stadium tour, their Where We Are: Live from San Siro Stadium DVD - out Friday, November 28 -, having hordes of fans, and their ever increasing popularity.

Following the interview they will perform two of their newest singles: Steal My Girl and Night Changes.

"This is going to be a great show. We are so pleased to be welcoming One Direction to the Current Affair studio," Grimshaw said.

"I've gone full 1D immersion for this interview. I have the album playing on a loop in my car, I've seen the movie, I've read the book.

"I keep telling myself that for the fans in the studio it would be like me meeting The Monkees when I was 15. I totally get the hysteria."

One Direction will return early next year for the first leg of their Telstra Thanks On The Road Again 2015 Australian tour.

More tickets for the tour have recently been released, giving local fans the chance to be the first to see the new show.

The band's latest release, FOUR, becomes their fourth consecutive No.1 album in Australia, a first for an overseas act and making them third on a very exclusive list of 'Consecutive No.1 Albums'.

The album was a pre-order chart-topper, reaching the No.1 position in 65 countries, including Australia, before its release last week.

In just four years One Direction have amassed 99 number one hits and sold over 46 million records worldwide, cementing them as international superstars.

Contributing to their phenomenal success is their enormous online following - they have over 3 billion YouTube views, 109 million combined Twitter followers and 36 million Facebook fans.