One Direction – British boy band
One Direction was formed in 2010 in London. Its members are Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, and Louis Tomlinson. The fifth original band member Zayn Malik left in 2015 to start a solo career.
The creation of the band was unusual and unexpected. In 2010, all the above-mentioned artists came to the show The X-Factor without knowing each other. They wanted to try to win the seventh season of the show as solo singers. However, the judges decided to make them all part of one group. The young men immediately climbed to a new level. For two weeks, the artists have been working together and learning how to perform as a band. Styles came up with the name One Direction, which later became the official title of the group. The band debuted with the song “Torn”. Later in the show, they performed the songs by such famous artists as Kim Wilde, Pink, Snow Patrol, The Beatles, Coldplay, Kelly Clarkson, Elton John, Rihanna, and others.
Simon Cowell was the band’s mentor throughout the show and gave them numerous useful advice. His guidance helped the group to come in third. After the finals, the band signed a contract with their mentor’s label Syco Records.