Niall Horan Celebrates 7th Anniversary Of ‘X Factor’ Audition

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Niall Horan X Factor Anniversary

By Andrew Shuster |

Niall Horan X Factor Anniversary

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Niall Horan is celebrating on Twitter the seventh anniversary of his “X Factor” audition, which would lead to the formation of One Direction and propel the singer to superstardom.

“7 years ago I applied for the Xfactor.. That is very hard to believe. All I can say is thank you so much, you changed my life,” Horan tweeted on Monday. On January 16, 2010, a 16-year-old Horan auditioned for the seventh season of “The X Factor” in Dublin. He sang Ne-Yo’s “So Sick” for judges Simon Cowell, Cheryl Cole, Louis Walsh and guest Katy Perry. All of the judges except Cole approved of Horan’s performance, which was enough for him to enter the next round.

During the “bootcamp” stage of the competition, Horan failed to qualify for the “Boys” category, but was instead paired with other solo contestants for the “groups” competition. Those four other contestants were, of course, Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson and Zayn Malik. Together they formed One Direction, and wound up placing third in the “X Factor” finals,” despite going on to achieve massive success outside of the reality competition show. As fans are well-aware, Malik has since left the band, which is currently on hiatus.

In September 2016, it was announced that Horan had signed a solo deal with Capitol Records. The musician’s first single, “This Town,” debuted last year, and he’s currently in the midst of working on his highly-anticipated first solo album.

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