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Simon Cowell Says Niall Horan Couldn’t Have Made It Through His ‘X Factor’ Audition If Not for Him

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The world of music is filled with stories of extraordinary talent rising from humble beginnings, and Irish singer Niall Horan’s journey is no exception. Recently, music mogul Simon Cowell shared his perspective on Horan’s path to stardom, tracing it back to their fateful encounter on The X Factor UK.


According to the America’s Got Talent judge, Horan couldn’t have made it past the audition round of his X Factor run, if not for him. Cowell’s insights also offer a glimpse into the shaping of Horan’s career, his ascent to fame as part of One Direction, and his latest venture as a coach on NBC’s The Voice.

Simon Cowell Revealed He Persuaded Other Judges For Horan

Cowell recently opened up about Horan’s journey, highlighting the pivotal role he played in helping the young Irish singer achieve global stardom. Cowell recalled the moment when Horan’s fate hung in the balance, revealing how he had to persuade his fellow judges to give Horan a chance.

The audition itself showcased Horan’s talent and charisma. Performing a captivating rendition of Ne-Yo’s “So Sick,” the young Irish singer left a lasting impression on the judges and the audience. However, it wasn’t without some deliberation and differing opinions among the judges.


Katy Perry found Horan “adorable” but believed he needed further development, while Cheryl Cole argued against his progression. Ultimately, it was Perry who made the decision to give Horan a chance, a decision that would shape his future in the music industry.

“I had to persuade that person to put Niall through, talk about how your life can change.” Cowell said.

This crucial decision Cowell made marked the beginning of a life-changing journey for Horan, one that would lead to the formation of the iconic boy band One Direction. As Horan embarks on a new chapter as a coach on The Voice, Cowell shared his thoughts on the intriguing and somewhat serendipitous nature of this progression.


Cowell’s Decision Led Horan to The Path of Stardom

Following his time on The X Factor UK, Horan joined forces with Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Zayn Malik, and Liam Payne to form the immensely popular boy band One Direction. Despite finishing in third place on the show, the group went on to achieve phenomenal success worldwide.

Horan then continued his musical journey after the group’s hiatus, releasing his debut solo album, “Flicker,” in 2017, which garnered critical acclaim and further solidified his position as a talented artist in his own right.

Fast forward to the present, and Horan has taken on a new role as a coach on NBC’s The Voice. Joining the beloved lineup of Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson, Chance the Rapper, and host Carson Daly, Horan brings a wealth of experience and insight to the aspiring singers competing on the show.

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Oldporkbutt
Oldporkbutt
11 months ago

I thank Katy Perry for voting the young Naill through. Today he is a very humble and kind person in my opinion.

Anonymous
Anonymous
1 year ago

Simon is a dink he do t know talent of hit him in the butt

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