One Direction will always look back to The X Factor as their starting point on the road to stardom and each and every member have their own unique story to tell. Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Zayn Malik and Louis Tomlinson all auditioned as solo artists for the 2010 X Factor.
They will all be thankful to The X Factor executives and Simon Cowell for putting them together and making them the force that they are today. However, Niall Horan owes a special thank you to a fellow music chart topper, as Katy Perry was responsible for him getting through his first audition.
In his first audition, Niall Horan compared himself to Justin Bieber and claimed that many people say he reminds them of Bieber. Yet when he took to the stage and sang Ne-Yo's So Sick it did not all go to plan and Niall found himself on the verge of being rejected.
Simon Cowell was the first judge to say yes to Niall Horan and then Cheryl Cole said no before Louis Walsh then said yes. That meant that Niall Horan's whole future relied on Katy Perry. Katy said that she felt that Niall chose the wrong song, but the encouragement of the crowd made Katy Perry put Niall through.
Things again took an unexpected turn and poor Niall Horan was rejected at boot camp but only as a solo singer. Niall was put with four other boys to create the boyband One Direction and the rest, as they say, is history.