Okay, so I have watched this gif about 100 times now and there is just absolutely no way that Louis and Harry weren’t kissing. It looks like whispering at first, partly because you just assume that they can’t kiss on stage, but once you look at the little details you realize that they are (although I’m assuming they were somewhere covered, and didn’t realize that their shadows were being clear as day for everyone in the audience.)
First of all just look at Harry’s right arm. He reached out for Louis when he is walking towards him, and then pulls him closer to his body. I’m sorry but there is absolutely no way he would pull him in like that if they were just going to whisper. You can also see Harry’s hand about halfway into the gif, it is wrapped around Louis’ waist and resting on the curve on his spine, just above Louis’ butt. Again: not something you do when you are being whispered to. Now look at Louis’ left hand. Just before it goes behind Harry his hand is cupped like a C, so he can hold the back of Harry’s neck to support him while they snog. Lastly, please pay attention to the angle at which they are standing at. Part of the reason that this looks like whispering at first is that Harry is angled slightly towards the audience so it doesn’t seem possible that his lips are connecting with Louis’. What isn’t so obvious at first, however, is that Louis’ back is angled towards the audience as well, so their faces are right in front of each other.
This is an honest to God kiss that we have on footage and I don’t know why more people aren’t talking about this.