One Direction's Journey: From X Factor, Their Break-Up, To Reunion Plans
As we approach One Direction's 10-year anniversary, we take a look back at the X Factor journey of Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne and Zayn Malik.
1. When did One Direction form?
Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne and Zayn Malik all became One Direction on the X Factor on July 23, 2010, meaning we are soon-approaching their iconic 10-year anniversary!
2. What place did One Direction come in X Factor?
Although they went on to become undeniably the biggest boyband of our time after they appeared on the ITV show, One Direction actually came in third place on X Factor.
3. Who won X Factor in 2010?
Matt Cardle won the X Factor in 2010 and Zayn’s ex Rebecca Ferguson went on to come in second place. One Direction were the only band who placed in the finals that year.
4. When did Zayn leave One Direction?
Zayn announced on March 25, 2015, that he would be leaving the band. At the time they were on their ‘On the Road Again Tour’, which the ‘Flames’ star had pulled out of two months in, due to stress and anxiety.
5. When was the last One Direction performance as a five?
One Direction’s last-ever five-man performance was in Hong Kong on March 18, 2015 - six days before Zayn announced he was leaving the band.
6. When did One Direction break up?
Harry, Niall, Louis and Liam continued 1D as a four for just under a year, before eventually announcing they would be taking a hiatus in January 2016.
7. Will there be a One Direction reunion?
Fans have been speculative of a One Direction reunion for months now, and it was finally confirmed after the band’s PR, Simon Jones, announced there are plans underway, with a special anniversary website. Just to make things even more exciting, One Direction tweeted for the first time in two years, hinting that they have something special coming for the anniversary and we want to join all 1D fans in screaming!