One Direction famously entered the X-Factor competition as five soloists but later formed a
group, at the suggestion of Simon Cowell, who believed the singers had more potential as a
band, than as solo performers.

All five singers, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, Harry Styles, Niall Horan and Zayn Malik were
eliminated from the competition at the boot camp stage. However the judges decided the
teens were all too talented to lose, and so offered them a life line to re-join the show, but
this time competing in the Groups category as a 5-piece band.

The gamble certainly paid off, as the newly-formed boy band beat off competition from
established groups at the judges houses stage where Simon Cowell was so impressed by the
boys, he put them through to the live finals.

Week after week the boys continued to impress, winning an army of fans as each Saturday
night went by with their renditions of Kids in America, Summer of 69, Something About the
Way You Look Tonight, and Chasing Cars amongst others.

Making it all the way to the grand final of the X-Factor, One Direction eventually finished
third, just behind Rebecca Ferguson and the 2010 winner, Matt Cardle.

However One Direction’s mentor on the show, Simon Cowell, quickly signed the boys up to
his own music label, Syco, shortly after they finished as runners-up in the ITV1 talent show.

The band jetted out to Los Angeles in the New Year to work with a number of top name
producers and writers on material for their debut album which is due out later in 2011.
Rumour has it that One Direction will release their debut single on March 13th so watch this
space for more information on their first ever record.