5. Pussycat Doll
Anne was the one who wound up sending out Harry’s X Factor application in when he got cold feet.
“People tell me I’m a good singer. It’s normally my mum,” the 16- year-old stated, currently the charmer, when he auditioned for The X Factor in the spring of 2010, carrying out Stevie Wonders‘ “Isn’t She Lovely” a cappella. “Singing is what I want to do and if people who can make that happen for me think I shouldn’t be doing that, then it’s a major setback in my plans.”
Well, they did and they didn’t. Harry didn’t make it through to the last Boys group, and even to the penultimate Boys group, however the program didn’t wish to let him go.
Fatefully, Simon Cowell and Nicole Scherzinger, who was a visitor judge substituting Cheryl Cole, believed to group Harry together with fellow hopeful solo artists Liam Payne, Niall Horan, Zayn Malik and Louis Tomlinson
“Come on, I’m not going to take credit, but I’m going to take credit,” Scherzinger states in the 2013 documentary One Direction: Going Our Way about her normally uncredited function in recording lightning in a bottle. (Louis Walsh, on the other hand, was the other judge, the one who infamously didn’t get Harry at all.)
It was Harry, nevertheless, who developed the group’s name.
“I thought it sounded good,” he remembered on CBS Sunday Morning in2017 “We threw around names for a little bit, and I honestly don’t know. I suggested it and everyone was like, ‘Yeah, we like that,’ and then it kind of stuck, and that was what it was.”
“Basically we just came up with the idea to make loads of names up,” Zayn stated on Phoenix’s Hot 97.5 FM in 2012, “and it was one of the first names Harry came up with. He just texted it to us and we were like, ‘Yeah, I like that, it’s cool.’ There were some really embarrassing ones that Liam came up with…What was the other one? USP—Unique Selling Point.”