Five young boys, one dream. As they stand on the bare stage of the auditorium, in front if the tough critics and judges, the bright lights of the stage and cameras flashing in their eyes were the least of their worries. All were desperate, nervous wrecks, striving to mask their worried expressions. But little did they know, behind the scenes there were huge plans in store to create a bright future for them. Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, Louis Tomlinson, and Niall Horan are the five members of the one, but not only, boy band, One Direction.
They have come a long way through many experiences, continuing to inspire many fans all over the country. In 2010, five boys beat hundreds of thousands of others to get the coveted spots in the seventh series of “The X Factor”. They did not know each other before the audition of the British talent show, but with the suggestion of Nicole Scherzinger, an X Factor judge, they were grouped together and later achieved fame.
Liam, one of the members, states “So it was strange when we were put together and my first thought was, ‘How are we going to make this work when we don’t know each other? It was such a leap of faith”. After their winning song, “Forever Young” of the “X Factor” final, was leaked online, One Direction was the quickest to break through the charts in United Kingdom and United States. The group signed a recording deal with their mentor, Simon Cowell’s record label Syco Records, and continued on their journey, known for “sparking a resurgence” in the boy band concept, and forming part of a new “British Invasion” in the United States. There was no question that the group would never disband or give up their dreams. Every member has their early life history.
Their back story. Niall James Horan, 16, was born on September 13, 1993 in Mullingar, County Westmeath, Republic of Ireland. He is the only Irish member of in the band, and has been playing guitar since childhood. He has been performing around his homeland prior to joining X Factor. Zayn Javaad Malik, 17, was born on January 12, 1993, and is from Bradford, West Yorkshire, England. He has a tattoo of his passed-away grandfather’s Arabic name on his chest. He auditioned for X Factor to pursue his desire to gain musical experience and have that musical influence.
Harold Edward Styles, 16, was born on February 1, 1994 in Evesham, Worcestershire. As a child, Elvis Presley was one of his main influences. He was also the lead singer of White Eskimo band, in which they also won a Battle of the Bands competition. Louis William Tomlinson, 18, was born on December 24, 1991, and is from Doncaster, South Yorkshire, England. He has appeared in several shows and dramas before auditioning for X Factor. Liam James Payne, 18, was born on August 29, 1993, three weeks earlier from the expected date, and is from Wolverhampton, West Midlands, England.
He took boxing lessons at age 12 because of his bullies, and it gave him confidence over the years. Liam is known as the “father” of the group, who brings them together when things get out of hand. The boys work together very well, and consider each other family. The bonding towards each other benefited their career and greatly helped with their successes. “They just had it. They had this confidence. They were fun. They worked out the arrangements themselves,” Simon Cowell shares after they were teamed up together.
“They were like a gang of friends, and kind of fearless as well. To make sure the group doesn’t burn out after a few years, Simon plans to genuinely be sensible and treat them as human beings. “That’s the most important thing,” he states. Up All Night is the boys’ first album; it has received rave reviews from critics, reaching the top of the album charts in countries all across the world. The impact that 1D is having on the public is truly amazing, and thousands if not millions of fans across the globe have now got the “One Direction Infection”. These fans help make the band who they are, and together are known as “Directioners”.
One Direction have already achieved so much in such a short amount of time, and if their meteoric rise to stardom continues at the pace it began, it won’t be long before One Direction are global icons. Overall, One Direction has had major achievements, working together to reach goals in their music career, even resulting in changing the lives of many fans. Louis, one of the 1D’s five members, states “It’s incredible to have people show their support when you’re doing something you love. ” Hopefully, they can stay strong with the Directioners’ support and continue to move forward composing and performing their music.