Subscriber Account active since. Although they didn't win the competition, the band went on to have an illustrious career, releasing five albums in five years, touring the world from to , and winning countless musical awards. On March 25, , Malik officially left One Direction and the four remaining members continued to release music until when One Direction took an indefinite hiatus.
Zayn Malik initially had a rough time on "The X Factor."
Auditions for the seventh season took place throughout June and July Simon Cowell , Louis Walsh and Cheryl Cole returned as judges, along with special guest judges that were brought in to replace Dannii Minogue, who was on maternity leave. Cheryl missed the auditions in Manchester and bootcamp because she had malaria. Before his audition. He made it to the judges' house, but Simon felt he was not ready for the competition, and asked him to come back in two years. He returned for the seventh season in and performed " Cry Me a River ". He received a standing ovation from guest judge Natalie Imbruglia, Simon, and the audience; he was unanimously put through.
They may not have won The X Factor they only placed third next to Rebecca Ferguson and Matt Cardle but they certainly won our hearts, selling millions of records worldwide and becoming international superstars. At 18, Tomlinson was one of the older boys in the band when they first started out. Winning three yesses from Louis Walsh, Nicole Scherzinger and Simon Cowell, Tomlinson was straight through to bootcamp — and the rest was history. With his thick Irish accent and cheeky chappy charm, year-old Horan had the brash confidence only a teenage boy can have.
The group signed with Simon Cowell 's record label Syco Records after forming and finishing third in the seventh series of the British televised singing competition The X Factor in They have embarked on four world tours, two of which were all-stadium. After the release of Four , One Direction became the first band in the U.