18-year-old Zayn comes from East Bolwing, Bradford and is a former student of Tong High
The teen first came to the attention of X-Factor viewers when he refused to join the rest of
the auditionees on stage for a dance task during the boot camp stage. Zain’s absence didn’t
go unnoticed by Simon Cowell who stopped the audition, and went backstage to convince
the youngsters to join in with the task, or risk losing his place in the competition.
Zayn also found himself making the front page when a tabloid news story broke last year
which suggested the 18-year-old was romancing fellow X-Factor contestant, Cher Lloyd.
However the female singer strongly denied any romantic link with Zayn, saying she was too
focused on her role in the show.