Snoop Dogg thinks One Direction should get back together ''while they are still young''.

The chart-topping boyband - which features Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson and Harry Styles - are currently in the midst of a hiatus while they pursue their own personal ambitions, but Snoop has advised the group to reunite before their appeal wanes.

The rap star explained: ''I do think the One Direction guys will get back together.

''And that's the smart thing to do. They got to do it while they are still young, nobody wants to see a boy band have a comeback in their forties.

''If they do it in the next year or two, they are still at a level where they can make another 20 or 30 million dollars each.''

The 'History' hitmakers - who originally also included Zayn Malik - were signed to Simon Cowell's Syco record label after they starred on 'The X Factor' in the UK in 2010.

And Snoop has revealed he would love to be added to show's judging panel in order to discover the programme's first-ever hip-hop star.

Speaking to the Metro newspaper, Snoop explained: ''Simon knows I want to find him a hip-hop star on 'X Factor'. There is so much hip-hop talent on the streets of the UK - but they ain't got nobody to develop it.

''I have spoken with Simon. I told him I would clear my schedule to come and help out at the audition stages and find him a global hip-hop star and he seems interested - he knows the value of finding one. The 'X Factor' has done great at finding pop stars, but it still hasn't found a hip hop star.

''They are among the highest-earning artists in the world. Simon knows it makes sense to try and find one.''