Those of you who followed X Factor UK with me last year may remember One Direction, the boyband that eventually placed 3rd in the competition.
Zayn Malik, Niall Horan, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson and Liam Payne had all auditioned for the competition separately. It looked like none of the lads would make the cut, until Simon Cowell put them together to compete as One Direction.
The lads could barely sing in unison during their live performances, but what did that matter when hoards of tweenaged girls were screaming for them in the audience?
Simon immediately signed them to a deal after the show, and through the magic of autotune, here is the boys’ first single, “What Makes You Beautiful”.
The tune has a Hot Chelle Rae vibe and is quite infectious. I could imagine this song crossing the pond. Listen below.