Liam Payne Reminisces About Life-Changing 'X Factor' Audition On Sixth Anniversary

Liam Payne of One Direction performs at Staples Center
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Liam Payne of One Direction performs at Staples Center on Dec. 4, 2015 in Los Angeles. 

Liam Payne celebrated the sixth anniversary of the X Factor audition that made him one-fifth (later one-fourth) of One Direction on Twitter yesterday. 

A 14-year-old Liam auditioned for X Factor (U.K.) back in 2008 and made it to Simon Cowell's house, but he was unfortunately cut. Two years later, 16-year-old Liam returned to the X Factor stage in baggy jeans and a plain white tee and put a Sinatra-esque spin on Arthur Hamilton's "Cry Me a River" -- and the rest is boy band history.





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