Footage from the formation of One Direction proves Simon Cowell lied about being the brains behind the band

One Direction has been a global phenomenon for their 5 years of performing together. The chart-topping boy band got their start on the reality show, The X-Factor.

Before One Direction went on an indefinite hiatus in 2016, the boys in the band were propelled to international stardom as a result of their appearance on the show in 2010.

It’s well known in 1D canon that Simon Cowell is credited with creating the group – the music mogul even said so himself.

He acted as the man behind the curtain, organizing Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, and Zayn Malik into a squad.

However, the 1D origin story doesn’t seem to have been Cowell’s original idea at all.

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It was Nicole Scherzinger who actually formed One Direction – not Simon Cowell.

According to behind-the-scenes footage of the casting process, Nicole Scherzinger’s original idea was to put the one-dimensional boys in a band together.

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In July 2022, X-Factor UK released a never-before-seen video to celebrate One Direction’s 12th anniversary.

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