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Who Are One Direction?
One Direction are Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan, and are commonly known as 1D.
One Direction was originally a five-piece band until 25th March 2015, when Zayn Malik made the decision to leave the band. After a great five-year run with the boys, his heart just wasn’t in it anymore and he decided to depart from the band to have a shot of living like a “normal 22-year-old”.
Thankfully, this wasn’t the end for One Direction, as Harry, Niall, Liam and Louis are continuing as a four-piece band.
They met on the 2010 series of The X Factor after being chosen by Simon Cowell and Nicole Scherzinger to form a new boyband to compete on the show. The new boyband eventually went to finish 3rd in the series, just behind Rebecca Ferguson and Matt Cardle.
They’ve broken countless records worldwide, toured the globe on huge stadium tours, released hit single after single, and captured the hearts of millions of fans, all in the space of five years.
X Factor Auditions
Niall Horan was born in September 1993 in Mullingar, Ireland and auditioned for the X Factor with a cover of Ne-Yo’s “So Sick”.
Harry Styles is the youngest member of the group, born in February 1994 in Cheshire village Holmes Chapel. He auditioned for the X Factor with “Isn’t She Lovely”, originally by Stevie Wonder.
Zayn Malik comes from Bradford and was born in January 1993. He wowed X Factor judges with a rendition of Mario’s “Let Me Love You”.
Liam Payne was born in August 1993 in Wolverhampton, UK. He made a return to the X Factor after being dropped before the live shows in 2008. He auditioned again in 2010 with “Cry Me A River” by Michael Buble.
The oldest member of the group is Louis Tomlinson who was born in December 1991. His audition song was “Hey There Delilah” originally by the Plain White T’s.
To date, the band have released four, ‘Up All Night’, ‘Take Me Home’, ‘Midnight Memories’ and ‘Four’, all of which went straight to the top of the Billboard 200 album chart, something that no other British group has ever done.
1D have had huge chart success with a number of their singles, including debut song ‘What Makes You Beautiful’ which catapulted them into the spotlight, and other smashes including ‘One Way or Another’,’Live While We’re Young’, ‘Best Song Ever’ and ‘Story of My Life’.
Many believe the success of One Direction is down to their huge social following on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and many other popular sites. Since forming on X Factor, their fans – commonly known as ‘Directioners’ have been nothing but phenomenal, and rarely a day goes by without a worldwide Twitter trends related to the band.
As of May 26th, 2015, their social follower statistics are:
2013 saw One Direction release their first ever movie. “This Is Us”, directed by Morgan Spurlock, followed Liam, Zayn, Louis, Niall and Harry as they toured Europe. It featured 3D performances taken from one of their London shows, and allowed fans to see the real One Direction.
To promote the new film, One Direction released new single “Best Song Ever”. The song was written by Wayne Hector, John Ryan, Haille Walker, Julian Bunetta and Ed Drewett. It was a worldwide hit for One Direction, and entered the top ten in 15 different countries.
The film currently has a 3.9 rating on IMDB from over 19,000 users, and it is a “Top 5000” movie on the site. It was nominated for a PFCS Awards for “Best Live Action Family Film”, and the running length is 92 minutes.
The plot summary from Sony Pictures Entertainment is:
“An intimate all-access look at life on the road for the global music phenomenon. Weaved with stunning live concert footage, this inspiring feature film tells the remarkable story of Niall, Zayn, Liam, Harry and Louis’ meteoric rise to fame, from their humble hometown beginnings and competing on the X-Factor, to conquering the world and performing at London’s famed O2 Arena. Hear it from the boys themselves and see through their own eyes what it’s really like to be One Direction.”
Harry was born in Evesham, Worcestershire, England to father Des Styles and mother Anne Cox. He has an older sister, Gemma. Harry was seven years old when his parents divorced, and his mother later remarried to Robin Twist. As a child Harry loved singing. He’s listed Elvis Presley as one of his influences.
Growing up Harry lived in Holmes Chapel, Cheshire, England and attended Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School, a state comprehensive school.
Did you know Harry had a problem with stage-fright early on in his career? It’s true! He would often be overcome with nerves before a big performance, and often forgot words to songs whilst performing with the rest of the band. Sometimes he even vomited!
Liam James Payne was born in Wolverhampton, England to Geoff and Karen payne. He’s got two older sisters called Nicola and Ruth. He was born 3 weeks early and as a result had a few health issues. The first four years of his life were spent in and out of hospitals, getting regular tests done.
Doctors noticed that one of Liam’s kidneys was scarred and not functioning properly, however in 2012 Liam found out that his kidney had actually started functioning properly again.
Two years later, Liam re-auditioned in Birmingham when he was 16 years old. His audition song was ‘Cry Me a River’ by Justin Timberlake and the audience gave him a standing ovation after his performance. At boot camp, Liam sang ‘Stop Crying Your Heart Out’ by Oasis but didn’t make it through as a solo artist. He was then however chosen by the judges to become part of One Direction.
Louis William Tomlinson was born in Doncaster, England to Troy and Johanna, however his parents split up when Louis was young. His mother remarried but Louis took on his stepdad Mark Tomlinsons name. He has four sisters, all of which are younger than him: Charlotte, Felicite and twins Daisy & Phoebe.
Louis was a sixth form student at Hall Cross School, and previously was a pupil at The Hayfield School. Whilst at school he starred in several musical theatre productions.
Louis is the oldest member of 1D and auditioned in Manchester when he was 18 years old. His audition song was ‘Hey There Delilah’ by the Plain White T’s and all three judges gave him a ‘yes’ after his performance. At boot camp, Louis sang ‘Make You Feel My Love’ by Bob Dylan but didn’t make it through as a solo artist. He was then however chosen by the judges to become part of One Direction.
Niall James Horan was born in Mullingar, County Westmeath in the Republic of Ireland. His father is Bobby Horan and his mother is Maura Gallagher. Niall has an older brother named Greg, and their parents divorced in 1998 when Niall was just 5 years old.
Niall lived at both parents homes before he decided to stay long-term with his dad, and he felt that living in Mullingar was the easiest thing to do back then because all of his friends were there.
Niall is the second youngest member of One Direction and auditioned for The X Factor in Dublin when he was 16 years old. His audition song was ‘So Sick?’ by Ne-Yo and three out of four judges gave him a ‘yes’ after his performance. At boot camp, Niall sang ‘Champagne Supernova’ by Oasis but didn’t make it through as a solo artist. He was then however chosen by the judges to become part of One Direction.
Zayn Javadd Malik was born in West Lane, Baildon, Bradford, England to father Yaser Malik and English mother Patricia. He has one older sister, Doniya, and two younger sisters, Waliyha and Safaa.
Zayn grew up in East Bowling, located south of the Bradford city centre, and he was a student at Lower Fields Primary School in East Bowling. He later went to Tong High School, a state comprehensive school.
He was the second oldest member of One Direction and auditioned for The X Factor in Manchester when he was 17 years old. Zayn’s audition song was ‘Let Me Love You’ by Mario and all three judges gave him a ‘yes’ after his performance. At boot camp, Zayn’s nerves started to show, especially when it came to dancing. He still made it through and was chosen by the judges to become part of One Direction.
Zayn Malik quit One Direction on 25th March, 2015 in order to live a “normal” life.