The X Factor UK has released an extended cut of a 16-year-old Styles audition for the talent show, which includes new footage and a never-before-seen performance that didnt go as well as what viewers saw back in 2010.
Styles meets with judges Simon Cowell, Louis Walsh, and Nicole Scherzinger and immediately charms the audience by mentioning his job at his local bakery. He added, Oooh, donuts are good. Cowell replied by pointing out that mothers are biased. I believe I may, nevertheless, be a better person with your help.
Cowell evidently agreed that he needed their help after hearing Styles perform his first song, Trains Hey, Soul Sister, where his nerves clearly got the better of him. I don't know where the tracks are going, but can I hear something just you, without any music? he asked. That second opportunity led to Styles' acapella rendition of Stevie Wonders Isnt She Lovely, which was the actual audition that viewers saw.
Styles was paired with Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, and Louis Tomlinson to form the group famously known as One Direction, according to fans. More recently, The X Factor UK shared unseen footage of the judges deliberating over auditions, where it was revealed that guest judge Scherzinger actually played a major role in forming what would eventually become One Direction, a feat that is usually credited to Cowell.
Scherzinger suggested that one of the top solo male vocalists be relegated to the next round, followed by Styles and Tomlinson, who quickly stepped up as a contender. They're the prettiest boy bands ever, she said. They're just too talented to eliminate, and they've got the right appearance and charisma on stage. I think they'll be great if you put them all together.
Payne was the next member of the group, with Cowell calling him a standout audition and arguing whether or not he should be a soloist, before Scherzinger standing firm on him becoming a part of the band that season. Cowell stated that he wanted to mentor the groups that season, which he did. One Direction didnt end up winning the competition, but they did go on to win the hearts of millions around the world.