5. Pussycat Doll
Anne sent Harry The X Factor application when he has cold feet.
“People tell me I’m a good singer. It’s normally my mum,” said the 16-year-old charmer, when she auditioned for The X Factor in the spring of 2010, performed Stevie Wonders‘ “Isn’t She Lovely” a cappella. “Singing is what I want to do and if the people who can make that happen for me think that I won’t do that, then it’s a big setback in my plans.”
Well, they did and they didn’t. Harry didn’t make it to the final Boys group, or even the penultimate Boys group, but the show didn’t want to let him go.
Actually, Simon Cowell and Nicole Scherzingerwho is a guest judge who fills in the Cheryl Colethought to group Harry with fellow aspiring solo artists Liam Payne, Niall Horan, Zayn Malik and Louis Tomlinson.
“Come on, I’m not going to take the credit, but I’m going to take the credit,” Scherzinger said in a 2013 documentary One Direction: Going Our Way about his mostly uncredited role in catching lightning in a bottle. (Louis Walshmeanwhile, is OTHERS judge, the one who didn’t know Harry very well.)
Harry, however, gave the group its name.
“I thought it was great,” he recalls CBS Sunday morning in 2017. “We threw around names for a while, 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 it.”
“Basically we just came up with the idea to make loads of names up,” Zayn told Phoenix’s Hot 97.5 FM in 2012, “and it was one of the first names that Harry came up with. He just texted it to us and we already. like, ‘Yeah, I like that, it’s cool.’ There are some embarrassing ones that Liam knows…What else? USP—Unique Selling Point.”