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One Direction Are 4-Years-Old: A Look At How Far They’ve Come Since The X Factor

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One Direction Are 4-Years-Old: A Look At How Far They’ve Come Since The X Factor
By MazSight

Today One Direction turn the grand old age of four.

How time flies, eh?

After successfully taking over the world, nay, universe, it would be easy to forget that they started out as five solo artists, auditioning for the X Factor.

And what auditions they were too.

Liam was momentarily distracted by a ghost mid-song. But he pulled it together.

One Direction Are 4-Years-Old: A Look At How Far They’ve Come Since The X Factor
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As ever, Zayn was overwhelmed with emotion.

One Direction Are 4-Years-Old: A Look At How Far They’ve Come Since The X Factor
By MazSight

Louis wore a darling tie/shirt/cardigan combo

One Direction Are 4-Years-Old: A Look At How Far They’ve Come Since The X Factor
By MazSight

Niall got through despite Cheryl saying no.

One Direction Are 4-Years-Old: A Look At How Far They’ve Come Since The X Factor
By MazSight

And Harry was so overwhelmed by the response to his audition he ended up taking a bow. What a pro.

One Direction Are 4-Years-Old: A Look At How Far They’ve Come Since The X Factor
By MazSight

The first stage of boot camp went well for the lads. Although Zayn needed a pep talk from Simon about the importance of bumping and grinding in this industry called showbiz.

One Direction Are 4-Years-Old: A Look At How Far They’ve Come Since The X Factor
By MazSight

Unfortunately for the boys, it didn’t work out as solo performers. SO MANY TEARS.

One Direction Are 4-Years-Old: A Look At How Far They’ve Come Since The X Factor
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Luckily for them, a certain Pussycat Doll had a cunning plan.

One Direction Are 4-Years-Old: A Look At How Far They’ve Come Since The X Factor
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AND THE world CHANGED FOREVER.

But it was all smooth sailing for the boys after Louis nearly lost his entire foot when frolicking in the sea at Judges’ Houses.

One Direction Are 4-Years-Old: A Look At How Far They’ve Come Since The X Factor
By MazSight

Luckily one doesn’t need a foot to sing, so he performed with the group regardless.

One Direction Are 4-Years-Old: A Look At How Far They’ve Come Since The X Factor
By MazSight

Simon Cowell then decided that a boy band with nine feet between them is exactly what the X Factor needed.

One Direction Are 4-Years-Old: A Look At How Far They’ve Come Since The X Factor
By MazSight

The boys sailed through week-after-week, never ending up in the bottom two.

Unfortunately 1D fell at the penultimate hurdle, finishing third. Simon wasn’t best pleased.

One Direction Are 4-Years-Old: A Look At How Far They’ve Come Since The X Factor
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The crushing blow led to Harry suffering a minor breakdown, momentarily becoming obsessed with cats.

One Direction Are 4-Years-Old: A Look At How Far They’ve Come Since The X Factor
By MazSight

But as we all know, this story has a happy ending.

One Direction Are 4-Years-Old: A Look At How Far They’ve Come Since The X Factor
By MazSight

[Harry Styles: I'm not flipping leaving One Direction, OK?]
[Harry Styles parties alone (but don't worry because he's not leaving 1D, OK?!]

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