For 17-year-old Liam Payne from Wolverhampton, it was second time lucky when he applied
for the X-Factor last year as he previously made it through to the judges’ houses two years
The teen missed out on a place in the final on his first X-Factor appearance as Simon Cowell
believed that at just 14-years of age, he was too young, and advised him to come back in
two years time for another shot at X-Factor glory.
It seemed as though history was about to repeat itself when the music technology student
left the competition at the boot camp stage, but was thrown a lifeline by music mogul
Relinquishing his ambitions for a solo career, Liam was offered the chance to make it
through to the judges’ houses stage, but only if he teamed up with 4 other soloists to form a
new boy band which later became One Direction.