Cada geração tem a sua boy band. De Take That aos Backstreet Boys passando por 'N Sync & Co., chegamos a estes cinco rapazes que, quando se apresentaram individualmente no X Factor, foram todos descartados. Foi-lhes sugerido se agruparem. Não ganharam o primeiro prêmio do programa, mas decolaram para o sucesso mundial!
by Martin Simmonds


The Anglo-Irish boy band One Direction are a worldwide success story. Their first CD is at the top of the hit parades in Britain, Europe, the USA and Australia. Band members Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson are on the {tip text=" primeiras páginas" title=" front pages "} front pages {/tip} of newspapers all over the world.


One Direction are the creation of Simon Cowell. During the 2010 edition of The X Factor the boys {tip text=" se apresentaram como solistas" title=" auditioned as individual singers "} auditioned as individual singers {/tip}. The X Factor judges rejected them, but Nicole Scherzinger thought the five boys were very talented. She saw their potential as a boy band. The boys {tip text=" concordaram" title=" agreed "} agreed {/tip} and formed One Direction. They spent a week practising in a bungalow in Harry Styles’ garden. Zayn Malik remembers: “It was difficult. We didn’t even know what harmony was!” Styles suggested the name of the group, “One Direction.” He explained that they all wanted one thing: success.


One Direction didn’t win X Factor. They came third, but Simon Cowell saw the number of fans outside the television studios. He knew they were stars. He gave them a £2 million {tip text=" contrato de gravação" title=" recording contract "} recording contract {/tip} in January 2011.


The band appeared around the UK on The X Factor tour. One Direction’s popularity {tip text=" cresceu" title=" grew "} grew {/tip} and grew, especially through social networks like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Their management have a social media team. And all the boys are on Twitter. They have over 6 million Twitter followers. Their debut single “What Makes You Beautiful” entered the UK singles chart at number one on 18th September, 2011. One Direction’s first album Up All Night was also a worldwide success. It entered the US Billboard charts at number one. One Direction were the first UK group in history to do this.


So what is the secret of One Direction’s success? It’s the brilliant mix of characters in the group. Horan is {tip text=" o bonitinho" title=" the pretty one "} the pretty one {/tip}. Malik is quiet and mysterious. Payne is {tip text=" sensato, prático" title=" sensible "} sensible {/tip}. Styles is {tip text=" simples e charmoso" title=" natural and charming "} natural and charming {/tip}. And Tomlinson is funny. Altogether they have a unique chemistry. It is a formula that equals success!


Niall Horan was born in 1993. He’s from Mullingar, Ireland. He auditioned for The X Factor at 16. He is inspired by the singers Frank Sinatra and Michael Bublé.
Zayn Malik (1993) is from Bradford, England. He entered The X Factor for the experience. He has seven tattoos, including {tip text="uma folha de samambaia prateada em seu pescoço" title=" a silver fern on his neck "} a silver fern on his neck {/tip}. He loves Bruno Mars.
Liam Payne (1993) is from Wolverhampton, England. {tip text=" ele sofreu bullying quando criança, e aprendeu a lutar boxe" title=" He was bullied as a child and learnt to box "} He was bullied as a child and learnt to box {/tip}. He appeared on The X Factor in 2008, but they rejected him in the {tip text=" quarta rodada" title=" fourth round "} fourth round {/tip}, the Judges’ Houses. Cowell said he was too young. His influences are Justin Timberlake and Gary Barlow.
Harry Styles (1994) is from Evesham, England. Styles was the {tip text=" vocalista " title=" lead singer "} lead singer {/tip} of the band White Eskimo. His greatest influences are Elvis Presley and Coldplay.
Louis Tomlinson (1991) is from Doncaster, England. He went to acting school and appeared in {tip text=" muitas novelas/seriados televisivas" title=" several television dramas "} several television dramas {/tip}, including the BBC’s Waterloo Road. He is a fan of Take That star Robbie Williams.