I remember the first time I saw them. It was the first time all of them auditioned. Although, I did not know what they would become, something about them made me love music even more. I remember when Simon Cowell put them together as a band and I remember waiting every Wednesday for the next showing of the X factor just to see them perform. I guess it was amazing how 5 boys who never crossed paths could make such wonderful music together. I remember it was 2 in the morning on a Saturday, sitting at my desk with my laptop in front of me. I remember going on YouTube and having to type out the full band name instead of just an ‘O’ because now they are the most searched subject. I remember not seeing any music videos but just X factor performances. I remember so clearly, like if it was yesterday, saying to myself “they’re going to make it.”
One Direction now known as the biggest boy band in the entire world has not always been known as that. November 23, 2010 was the day X factor judge Simon Cowell put together 5 random boys, from 5 different parts of England into one group. Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan, and past member Zayn Malik (we’ll talk about him later on). After finishing off in 3rd place not making it into the next step known as the “judges’ house”, Cowell gave the group another chance to perform because he really believed in their music and them. Months later, the boy band came out with a debut single “What Makes You Beautiful” which went platinum and is now a hit on all radio stations. This band has definitely taken the spotlight with the title “the biggest known boy band ever.” Selling out tours in minutes, breaking album records, winning many awards, topping charts in most major markets, and being named Billboard’s top artist of the year in 2014, One Direction has accomplished what they thought would never be possible. Five boys from five different cities in England meeting on one TV show, now being the biggest band in the entire world can be a coincidence, or maybe just fate?
Till next week,