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The X Factor Highlights One Direction Formation: Look + Listen

Never-before-seen footage of how One Direction was put together in 2010 has been released confirming that former Pussycat Dolls-member Nicole Scherzinger had a big say in their formation.

Before being assembled into the legendary boy band, the five singers – Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson – had auditioned as solo artists on the X Factor talent show.

On Saturday (7.23) the official X Factor account tweeted “When you’ve waited TWELVE YEARS to find out exactly how @onedirection was formed.” “FINALLY, here’s how.”

Sharing a YouTube video that showed an assortment of photos of The X Factor candidates being looked over on a table, Niall Horan was the first member selected for the group. And when a snap shot of Harry Styles came up in the pile, Scherzinger immediately decided, “Oh, yes. Put him with him. “They’re the cutest boy band ever,” she stated as Louis Tomlinson was added to the group. “I love it,” adding “The little girls are gonna love them.”

Nicole pointed out, “They’re just too talented to get rid of. They’ve got just the right look and the right charisma onstage. I think they’ll be really great in a boy band together. They’re like little stars. You can’t get rid of little stars, you know? So you put ’em all together.”

After adding Payne’s photo to the group, despite Cowell’s uncertainty, Nicole stated “I think that he would definitely shine. He could actually maybe be the leader,” as Simon commented, “He thinks he’s better than anyone else.” Cowell showed more excitement about adding Malik to the five-piece: “Zayn. Now that is a good idea.”

With four #1albums on the Billboard 200 and six top ten hits on the Billboard Hot 100, One Direction went on to find great success together before going on a hiatus and launching several solo careers.

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Author: Saul Goode

Photo: Fiona McKinlay