White House invite for Louis and One Direction

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SOUTH Yorkshire pop sensation Louis Tomlinson and the rest of One Direction received the ultimate US endorsement - when they were invited by First Lady Michelle Obama to play at the White House.

She has invited the boyband to the White House annual Easter egg hunt after they scooped two awards at the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards 2012.

The group are taking America by storm, last week becoming the first British group to have their debut album reach number one in the US Billboard chart.

The boys - Louis, who grew up in Bessacarr, Doncaster, Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, and Liam Payne - won awards for Best UK Band and Best UK Newcomer.

They performed their hit single ‘What Makes You Beautiful’ at the awards ceremony in Los Angeles, which was hosted by Hollywood superstar Will Smith and attended by Mrs Obama, who presented one of the awards.

Louis - whose mum Johannah was at the awards - said after the show on Twitter: “Wow that was so much fun!!”

Michelle Obama was accompanied by her daughters Malia, 13, and Sasha, 10.

But it has been reported the boys were unable to accept the invitation due to commitments in Australia.

The band joined other award winners including Katy Perry, Taylor Lautner, Big Time Rush, Selena Gomez, Kristen Stewart, LMFAO, Justin Bieber, Olly Murs and Adele.

Louis’ bandmate Harry Styles said: “It means a lot that the Kids’ Choice Awards are decided by the Nickelodeon audience.

“The support we’ve got from our fans both at home and in America has been amazing.”