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All Five One Direction X-Factor Audition Videos 2010

Let’s Just Go Back to 2010 and Enjoy One Direction’s X-Factor Auditions

It's been 10 years (yes, 10 whole years!) since One Direction was born so it's only natural that we find ourselves reflecting on the decade. But even we forgot it was right at the beginning of the '10s that One Direction first came into our lives via X-Factor, and promptly became one of the biggest boy bands to emerge this decade. All five boys descended on the auditions from all corners of the UK as solo singers hoping to make it big — but even they could never have predicted that they'd be chosen to form One Direction and have their lives changed forever.

Niall Horan was described as the "Irish Justin Bieber", which is a nod to the times, and also to his haircut. Meanwhile, Liam Payne returned at the age of 16 to try his luck for the second time, and Louis Tomlinson looked adorable with his swishy hair, black tie and grey cardigan. Zayn Malik showed up at the Manchester auditions to belt out Mario's "Let Me Love You," and Harry Styles's charming story about working in a bakery in Cheshire every Saturday was enough to win us over before he even started singing.

There's a reason this YouTube video's had over 19 million views — hell, at least 7,000 of them are from us — and you can view the full video above.

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