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They faced disappointment after failing to make it on the X-Factor individually but then Simon Cowell threw them a lifeline. Simon admitted that they were too good to leave out of the competition and invited Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, Harry Styles, Zayn Malik and Niall Horan to form a group.

One Direction relaxing on the X-Factor


One Direction (or is it 1direction?) was born and they immediately made a huge impact on the whole competition. They managed to get all the way to the final, final show of the 2010 series but unfortunately just missed out on winning as they came in 3rd place. Not bad for a band that had been put together less than 3 months before!

The future, however, for One Direction is bright as they have a huge following and with Simon Cowell's backing are sure to be one of the biggest boybands around.

"What Makes You Beautiful"- Debut single from One Direction:

Latest One Direction News:

One Direction "break" America!

21/03/12 - They may not have won the X-Factor but they sure are the biggest thing to ever leave it! The boys can now say they have broken America (something that even the biggest UK stars fail to do) as they have topped the US album chart having sold 176,000 copies of Up All Night.

Get this- they have now become the first (yes- first ever!) British group to top the US album charts with a debut album.

"What Makes You Beautiful" gets it's first airplay on Radio 1

10/08/11 - Well we've all been waiting, there's been a few false dates on the way but today we finally heard the debut single by One Direction and was it worth the wait? Hell YEAH!!!

"What Makes You Beautiful" is a fantastic debut single and has number 1 written ALL over it, the official release date is on 11 September 2011.

Debut single to be released in JuneDate finally set for the debut single from One Direction!

05/04/11 - It's coming, it's COMING! The boys confirmed on the Alan Titchmarsh Show that their debut single will be released in June.

But if you can't wait that long to see them then you might just spot them on the new Nintendo advert due to start showing on the 11th April for the new Pokemon game.

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Forever Young: Our Official X Factor StoryOne Direction release an autobiography

17/02/11 - Released today the book covers their rise to fame on The X Factor 2010. The book (One Direction: Forever Young: Our Official X Factor Story) is expected to be followed by their debut single due for release in March (hopefully!).

The autobiography gives the inside story on the childhood of Harry, Liam, Niall, Zayn and Louis and of their X Factor experience.

Order your copy online now from Amazon by clicking One Direction: Forever Young


The police have to rescue Liam, Zayn, Louis, Harry and Niall!

31/01/11 - The boys have been in LA working on their debut album but word got out that they were returning yesterday to the UK. They were mobbed at Heathrow Airport by nearly a 100 screaming fans and had to be rescued by the police and airport security!

Matt Cardle wins the 2010 X-Factor as One Direction come in third place

12/12/10 - Well, it wasn't the ending that we had all dreamed about but the boys have still done fantastically well. They lost out on the runner-up spot to Rebecca Ferguson as MAtt Cardle won and loads of congratulations to both of them as they have been brilliant contestants throughout.

So then, is this the end of One Direction? NO! Absolutely not! All the boys agree that they are going to carry on and with the support of their mentor, Simon Cowell, and the backing of their huge fanbase we are sure that One Direction are going to be a massive, successful boyband in the future.

One Direction have made it through to the final night of the X-Factor 2010! Can they win?

11/12/10 - Liam, Louis, Harry, Zayn and Niall have done it and are through to the final, final show tomorrow night. It was down to public votes only and Cher Lloyd was the unlucky act to be eliminated so close to the finishing line. One Direction will be joined for one final time tomorrow night by Matt Cardle and Rebecca Ferguson. Can they win the whole competition? Better get dialing!

Confirmed: One act to leave at the end of tonight's X-Factor show!

11/12/10 - It has been confirmed that there will only be 3 acts appearing in tomorrows show which means there WILL be an elimination tonight. Make sure that One Direction make it all the way and win by watching from 7pm tonight and voting for the best boy band in the world!


Robbie Williams to appear with One DirectionRobbie Williams to duet with One Direction on Saturday

09/12/10 - It's been confirmed that the one and only Robbie Williams will be joining One Direction live on stage on the final show of the X-Factor. The boys, quite understandably, are thrilled to be appearing on stage with the Take That superstar.

Also confimed for Saturday night's show is Rihanna (with Matt Cardle), (Cher Lloyd) and Christina Aguilera (Rebecca Ferguson).

One Direction are through to the final show of the X-Factor 2010!

05/12/10 - They've done it! Tonight we saw the boys going through to the very last show of the series and a real chance of winning it. Mary Byrne was eliminated after she lost the sin-off against Cher Lloyd which means the final 4 acts are: Matt Cardle, Rebecca Ferguson, Cher Lloyd and of course... One Direction!

Zayn sings Only Girl in the WorldDon't you wish you were the "Only Girl in the World"?

04/12/10 - It's semi-final night on the X-Factor and for their second performance of the night One Direction sang the smash hit by Rihanna "Only Girl in the World".

Zayn had missed much of the preparation for tonight's show after receiving some bad family news and they had been without their mentor Simon due to illness but despite all of this they still pulled off a great performance- will it be enough to get them into the finals? Only if you get voting! Click here to watch the video again.

Rock Week confirmed for X-factor

25/11/10 - So after last years successful "Rock Week" that say the likes of Guns N' Roses and Queen being performed, the X-Factor have decided to do it again this week. Everybody loves a bit of ROCK!!!! Any glues as to what One Direction will be rocking out to? We'll keep you updated if any secrets slip!

It's a close shave for Cher Lloyd but Paije Richardson is the unlucky act eliminated

21/11/10 - So first things first, One Direction are safely through to next week but it was more who wasn't in the bottom two that will catch the headlines tonight- neither Katie or Wagner found themselves in danger. Instead it was Cher Lloyd and Paije Richardson that found themselves singing for survival, both of whom had never been in this position before. In the end it was Cher who was saved as she received three of the judges votes to Paijes one.

We found it amazing that Cher was in the bottom two as many (ourselves included) thought that she was one of the favourites to win the show, but just like last week when we lost Aiden- if you don't vote for your act...

Niall sings All You Need is Love"All You Need Is Love" sung on the Beatles tribute night

20/11/10 - Hey we got the song choice right! (ok so the Sun did but hey-ho there you go). To be honest tonights show had quite a few poor performances compared to the usual high standards, Cher wasn't so hot, Rebecca Ferguson seemed to struggle and even Matt Cardle didn't get the usual warm praise from all the judges but... One Direction still did well! Watch the video of All You Need is Love here.

One Direction to sing the BeatlesOne Direction to sing the Beatles "All You Need Is Love"?

18/11/10 - Unconfirmed reports (okay so it was the Sun newspaper that said it!) suggest that the boys are going to sing "All You Need is Love" on Beatles night on Saturday. Katie is reportedly going to sing "Help"- hmmm... surely she can't survive a fifth week in the bottom two!

Aiden Grimshaw eliminatedShock result as Aiden Grimshaw is eliminated from X-Factor

14/11/10 - The One Direction boys are safe for another week (were we ever worried?) but there was a shock tonight as one of the early favourites, Aiden Grimshaw, left the competition. Aiden found himself in the bottom two with Katie Waissel, the judges couldn't come to an agreement and so Aiden left as he had received the fewest public votes. Katie has now survived being in the bottom two an amazing four times!

The Way You Look TonightOne Direction sing "The Way You Look Tonight"

13/11/10 - It's Elton John night tonight and the boys performed one of the acts of the night with their rendition of the classic "The Way You Look Tonight"

Watch the boys sing some Elton John by clicking here

Kids in AmericaAmerican Anthems night and One Direction are loving it!

06/11/10 - Singing Kim Wilde's "Kids in America" the boys were clearly having a lot of fun tonight (probably helped by the abundance of cheerleaders!)

Is there no stopping Louis, Niall, Liam, Zayn and Harry? Watch the video here

Zayn Malik GossipIs Zayn dating Belle Amie's Geneva Lane?

05/11/10 - Well at the start of the week it was all rumours about Zayn dating Cher but the Mirror reports today that he has been in actual fact "getting cosy with Belle Amie's Geneva Lane". Apparently "they even had matching love bites!" Wonder who he'll be "dating" by the weekend!

Total Eclipse of the HeartIt's Halloween and One Direction sing Bonnie Tyler?!

30/10/10 - With blood dripping from their faces (okay okay.. i know it was make-up!) the boys of One Direction took on Halloween by singing Bonnie Tyler's "Total Eclipse of the Heart".

Liam led the vocals for this one and the judges yet again were impressed- watch the video of Total Eclipse of the Heart here.

John Adeleye becomes the fifth contestant to be voted out of the X Factor

24/10/10 - One Direction are safely through to next weeks show but Louis Walsh, as with Simon, is now down to just two acts to mentor in this years X Factor. John Adeleye found himself in the bottom two along side Treyc Cohen and so faced a sing-off, unfortunately for John when it came to the judges votes he only won his mentors and so left the show with Treyc winning 3 votes to 1.

Nobody Knows"Nobody Knows" for the third live X-Factor show.

23/10/10 - Well apparently there was a last minute change of plan as this wasn't the song that the boys had been practicing all week. They put this together in just 24 hours and it still sounded great. Liam led from the start and all four judges agreed that it was a great performance. Watch the video of One Direction singing Pink's Nobody Knows here.

My Life Would Suck Without You"My Life Would Suck" without One Direction in it!

16/10/10 - It was all bit touch'n'go as to whether or not Harry would be able to perform tonight as he had come down with a virus but thankfully he did. The boys performed the Kelly Clarkson hit "My Life Would Suck Without You", apparently Cheryl Cole "can't cope" with cute they are! It took quite a while after the song for the judges to speak as the screaming from the crowd was so loud. Watch the video here.

Viva la vidaOne Direction sing "Viva la Vida" on first of X-Factor live shows

09/10/10 - So it was just a week ago that we saw them for the first time performing as group in front of Simon and tonight we saw how far they've come already. Louis told them "You guys could be the next big band boy" and their mentor described them as "just brilliant". Watch One Direction perform Viva la vida here and don't forget to tell us what you though by leaving a comment!

One Direction learn they are throughGuess what? They're through to the live shows!

03/10/10 - Well done boys, One Direction have been chosen by Simon as one of his 3 groups to perform on the X-Factor live shows!

Also through for the groups are Belle Amie and F.Y.D. Cher, Rebecca Ferguson and Katie Waissel are through for the girls, Matt Cardle, Aiden Grimshaw and Nicolo Festa for the boys and finally Mary Byrne, Storm Lee and John Adeleye for the over 28s. To watch the boys reaction as they are told they are through click here (Harry is so happy he gives Simon a big hug awww!)

judges house singing torn1Direction perform together for first time at the judges house

02/10/10 - Our favourite 5 boys chose to sing Natalie Imbruglia's 1997 hit "Torn". This was the first time that we have been able to see Liam, Louis, Harry, Zayn and Niall all performing together as a band and we weren't disappointed. Have they done enough to convince Simon that they deserve a place in his final 3 groups? We'll find out tomorrow, until then watch the video of Torn sung by One Direction


2012 X-Factor finalists are: Jahmene Douglas , Ella Henderson | 2011 X-factor singer to look out for is Amelia Lily,

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July 9, 2011 @ 10:38pm

"is the album coming out on 29th?"

July 7, 2011 @ 9:54pm

"love you guys and wish you all the best"

Francesca petty Girlfriend of Liam James Payne:
June 3, 2011 @ 8:45am

"hi Liam James Payne this is Francesca petty i Love you so much have you to you tube one-Direction i think of you are talented and gorgeous handsome young man i did iam kiss you and i higgs of you i think so Amazing and has you one Direction are together now then we are in engage now i think of you so much thank you"

May 12, 2011 @ 4:20pm

"i love one direction they are the best and i most love zayn he is the cutest boy in the band"

April 11, 2011 @ 2:14pm

"hi, i think you are fantastic. you all have amazing voices and that makes you one direction, apart from your good looks. i went to see the live tour and you blew me away, i wish i got to meet you. well done for working hard and getting were you want to go. your living your dreams and you really deserve it. x.x.x.x"

OMG Liam Waved At Me:
April 11, 2011 @ 10:09am

"Umm... I just wanted to say I love you all(especially Harry)I went to the live tour in Cardiff on the 10th and you guys were amazing.Liam waved at me(best day ever!!!)When you were on the balcony if you heard anyone screaming from the car park that was me.Lol"

April 10, 2011 @ 11:25pm

"Is it true that One Direction will be coming to Bishop Auckland or Durham?"

April 4, 2011 @ 12:12pm

"hey - can i get you guys to do a shout out for my lil sis in cardiff tomorrow night? Her name is Danielle Hill, and she has a broken wrist. Its her 14th b' day!! please!"

Fiona King :
April 3, 2011 @ 12:11am

"Hey, saw you in Glasgow today! Remember the crazy screaming girl in the front row? I was standing next to her ! you probably won't read this, but it was amazing seeing you !! love you !"

April 1, 2011 @ 8:48pm

"saw the boys last week in newcastle - they were fantastic!! nicest, most down to earth lads ever and i hope you stick around and go really far! love you boys! x"

March 28, 2011 @ 11:08pm

"I Love all you guys so so so much. Especially you Louis!! Your all just gorgeous and i think i would pay millions just to spend an hour with you! I read your whole book in 1 hour i loved it! I have about 7 posters of u all in my room and i cant wait till you guys go on tour!!!Much Love and Kisses xx"

Sophie :
March 28, 2011 @ 1:42am

"I think you 's are amazing... You probably here this all the time but I could just be your biggest fan. I love you 5 and I voted for you 's during the competition not just because you can sing but also because you are all so individual and your not trying to be something your not...your all just yourself and tonight in aberdeen .... you were the stars of the show XD"

Francesca petty:
March 26, 2011 @ 7:37pm

"i Love you so much Liam Payne he is so talented and all the other guys and Louis and Harry Styles and Nail Zyan and thank you signing my book you one day come to my house that be nice do i love all guys and all i am your performance on my computer now i Love it so much all of you Amazing "

Ibz Tayub:
March 25, 2011 @ 4:55pm

"You guys are absolutely AWESOME!!!!!! i love your voices and so envy your styles :P you guys definitely have to come to leicester sometime!! :D i am probably your biggest male fan, and that is being dead honest :P hope to catch you guys soon at a concert or something :) "

juan gibson :
March 21, 2011 @ 10:49am

"umm hey guys just wanted to say im such a HUGE fan of your tremendous work, I JUST LOVE YOU OMGOMG, please come to California and do a tour with the whole of the gang, the USA just adores you ! especially MOI and JACQUES, hugs and kisses xxxx "

March 20, 2011 @ 2:46pm

"Hi Guys, I am sure you will not remember me but I met you on Saturday night the 19th of March in the VIP room just before the live show on the Xfactor tour at the O2. I really just wanted to say how amazing you all were and I wish you luck in the future. "

March 20, 2011 @ 10:09am

"omg guys you were absolutely AMAZING at the 02 last night. even my mum loves you now, you were by far the best and im so proud :) love you boys so much, marry me harry! xxx"

Gemma loves Liam Payne 4 eva:
February 24, 2011 @ 8:18am

"You guys are so amazing. Liam you are so cute. Love you boys.GO LIAM!!"

summer loves 1D xx:
February 23, 2011 @ 6:28pm

"hiya i think i have left loads of messages now, but I'm not at all bothered! because I'm your biggest fan and i love u! i just need to say when I'm upset or really annoyed all i have to do is look at a picture of u and I'm fine! i hope u have your own tour soon because i am going! i love harry styles a lot u have the best voice ever and u are really fit! i love your hair i have a 1D scarf and i wear it every day with out fail! love u loads x"

February 23, 2011 @ 2:41am

"I just saw ye in Dublin tonight... You were AMAZING!! My voice is gone now cause of all the singing and screaming i did!! I Love ye all x"

February 21, 2011 @ 9:42pm

"You guys are my idols!! The best band in the whole universe!! Please please please make an album!! I'm sure it will be number 1 for years and years!!"

i love 1D:
February 21, 2011 @ 8:49pm

"you guys were amazing last night... i was shaking after i was touched by harry styles and louis. i seriously love you all especially niall! much love, hope you come to leicester sometime, xxxx"

Jade Tomlinson:
February 21, 2011 @ 8:07pm

"I was so proud to see Louis sing on The X Factor Tour yesterday...his voice is amazing, he deserves more credit. They have raw talent and they are very good looking. Can't wait to get the Forever Young book, the day they release their single and to meeting Louis"

February 21, 2011 @ 12:15pm

"You guys were totally amazing last night at x factor live! I really wanna see you guys again! I love you Louis!"

Niamh C:
February 19, 2011 @ 9:28pm

"I Love One Direction so much i voted every week for you i have your book and everything. Watch u on youtube every nite xxx Love all of you millions xx !"

sophie :
January 31, 2011 @ 10:42am

"i am your biggest fan i voted for ever week watch you on you tube ever night in till 9.00 i am going to see the tour "

January 30, 2011 @ 5:47pm

"oh my god niall? ... what do i say? cant wait for their single in march! xxx"

January 27, 2011 @ 9:59pm

"Me and my best friends are very big fans of yours! My best friend would love you to play for her birthday, we know it's impossible but it would be her best ever birthday present ever!! xxx"

January 24, 2011 @ 7:16pm

"hello i love one direction so much and i love you so much louis i don't want to sound like a cheesy person but i think you so hot hope you all the best love katiexx
p.s i love you louis xxxxx"

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