The only member of 1D not from England, Niall hails from Mullingar, Ireland. His aunt noticed his singing skills in the car one day, and Niall was delighted to discover that that is exactly how his idol, Michael Buble, was also discovered.
When he took to the stage at the “X Factor” auditions to sing Ne Yo’s “So Sick” the judges compared him to Justin Bieber, but Simon wasn’t impressed, saying he was too young and unprepared. However, his Irish charm shone through, and he made it to Bootcamp and eventually went on to become one fifth of One Direction. He loves playing guitar and was touring his native Ireland, playing small gigs, when he decided to try out for “X Factor”.