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Liam Payne Competes to Guess Random Songs on 'The Tonight Show'

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By Joe Allen

During a recent appearance on "The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon," Liam Payne went up against the host on the show's "Name that song Challenge." During the challenge, the two competed to see who could name a variety of songs first as they were being played by Fallon's house band The Roots.

Before the pair begin, the singer admits that he's scared. "I don’t think I’m going to be very good," Payne tells the host as they commence with the first round.

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Fallon ultimately bests Payne in that first round, naming "Sweet Dreams" by the Eurythmics. "I didn't even know the name of that song," Payne sweetly admitted after Fallon named it. Payne bounced back, though, after he was able to name Post Malone's "Circles" before Fallon could.

Fallon named "Mambo #5" incredibly quickly, but Payne sealed the entire competition after he named "What Makes You Beautiful" by One Direction before Fallon. Seems like the deck was stacked a bit in his favor there.

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Payne was on "The Tonight Show" to promote his recently released debut solo album "LP1." The release is his first full-length album on his own, and it follows the 2018 release of his EP "Live Forever," which was a collaboration with Cheat Codes.

The album features appearances by Rita Ora, Quavo, J Balvin, and A Boogie Wit da Hoodie. Payne is just the latest member of One Direction to release a solo album, following in the footsteps of Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, and others.

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Before playing the game, Payne also sat for an interview with Fallon where he got a chance to discuss the album and his love of Post Malone. That love is apparently one that Fallon shares.

As he promotes the album, Payne has been frank about the struggles he faced with his mental health, and about how former bandmate Louis Tomlinson helped him get through them. "I love spending time with him and it’s nice to reach out to someone who has been through that same experience," Payne said.


"I think for anybody out there who’s having a problem with mental health or something and that struggle, the best thing is to just go and speak to someone," he added. "If you go through it by yourself, you’re your own soundboard. And we’re all just as crazy as the next person. You need someone to validate your experience almost."

Thankfully, Payne had friends and former bandmates that he could lean on during his own struggles, and they can lean on him as well.

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