06/25/2014 at 07:30 PM EDT
may have a new member – Bert from Sesame Street
Ernie's roommate is normally known for being a neurotic curmudgeon. But when he had a moment of downtime with One Direction's Liam Payne
and Harry Styles
, he couldn't resist getting them to sing along in an impromptu rendition of the ABCs.
Things start off great for the puppet and his pals but the song gets a little off-track as the trio ramps up for a big finish.
Payne and Styles – along with their fellow British boy band members Zayn Malik, Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan – will appear on the 45th season of the PBS children's program this fall, when they will sing a parody of their hit song "What Makes You Beautiful."
A sample lyric from their parody: "This letter's U/You know it's true/It starts some words/There are more than a few-ew-ew..."