Did One Direction Win The X Factor?
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Where Are One Direction From And Other Most Asked Questions
9. Did One Direction Win The X Factor?
Harry, Niall, Liam, Louis and Zayn each auditioned for The X Factor in 2010 as solo artists, but failed to make it through bootcamp. They were then handpicked as members of One Direction by band mentor Simon Cowell. They eventually came third in the competition behind winner Matt Cardle and runner-up Rebecca Ferguson. As of November 2011 they are the only 2010 The X Factor contestant to score a Vodafone Big Top 40 No.1 hit with debut single 'What Makes You Beautiful'.