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Simon Cowell makes a dig at Liam Payne in unseen X Factor footage


Simon Cowell made a cheeky dig at Liam Payne in never-before-seen footage showing how One Direction were formed by The X Factor judges. 

Last month, Liam, 28, ruffled feathers when he claimed the group had been formed around him, stating that the judges had started with his face before choosing to add  Niall Horan, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson and Zayn Malik. 

Yet just weeks after he made the comments, an unaired clip from the ITV show revealed that Liam was actually the fourth boy added to the line-up.  

Ouch: Simon Cowell made a cheeky dig at Liam Payne in never-before-seen footage showing how One Direction were formed by The X Factor judges (pictured with Nicole Scherzinger and Louis Walsh)

Ouch: Simon Cowell made a cheeky dig at Liam Payne in never-before-seen footage showing how One Direction were formed by The X Factor judges (pictured with Nicole Scherzinger and Louis Walsh)

The clip also featured a sly dig from Simon, who remarked that Liam thought he was ‘better’ than anyone else in the group. 

The band were put together on the ITV talent show 12 years ago, with Simon, Nicole Scherzinger and Louis Walsh choosing which boys should be grouped together after they had all auditioned as solo artists. 

Liam was known to the judges having auditioned for the show unsuccessfully two years prior at the age of 14 – being rejected at the judges’ houses stage when mentor Simon told him to re-audition later down the line.

Throwback: Last month, Liam, 28, ruffled feathers when he claimed the group had been formed around him, stating that the judges had started with his face before choosing to add Niall Horan, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson and Zayn Malik (pictured on the show in 2010)

Throwback: Last month, Liam, 28, ruffled feathers when he claimed the group had been formed around him, stating that the judges had started with his face before choosing to add Niall Horan, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson and Zayn Malik (pictured on the show in 2010) 

Speaking about his later success on the show, Liam said on Logan Paul’s podcast last month: ‘From what I’ve heard, part of the reason One Direction was made was because of Simon’s promise to me that, “In two years, I’ll make this work for you.”

‘So he started with my face, and then worked around the rest… I was the honorary member of One Direction. He told me that story himself at his house.’

Liam’s comments went viral at the time, even prompting a dig from Lizzo who remarked in a TikTok clip last month: ‘I don’t know who lied to that poor boy, but he was not the frontman.’

Oops: The new X Factor clip proved that Liam had indeed been mistaken with his comments and also featured a sly dig from his former mentor Simon who accused him of being arrogant

Oops: The new X Factor clip proved that Liam had indeed been mistaken with his comments and also featured a sly dig from his former mentor Simon who accused him of being arrogant

The new X Factor clip proved that Liam had indeed been mistaken with his comments and also featured a sly dig from his former mentor Simon who accused him of being arrogant. 

In the footage, it’s revealed that Niall was actually the first boy pulled out of the stack to form the band, followed by Harry, then Louis, then Liam with Zayn completing the line-up. 

Nicole remarked of the group: ‘They’re just too talented to get rid of. And they’ve got just the right look and the right charisma on stage. 

‘They’re like little stars, so you can’t get rid of little stars – you put them all together.’

Line-up: In the footage, it's revealed that Niall was actually the first boy pulled out of the stack to form the band, followed by Harry, then Louis, then Liam with Zayn completing the line-up

Line-up: In the footage, it’s revealed that Niall was actually the first boy pulled out of the stack to form the band, followed by Harry, then Louis, then Liam with Zayn completing the line-up

While Liam was not chosen as the first person to form the band, the judges did praise his vocal ability, with Simon remarking: ‘He was the standout audition, you don’t think he should be over there?’ while pointing to the solo boys section. 

Disagreeing, Nicole responded: ‘I don’t think so. If he’s the standout, then he could be the leader.’

Making a sly dig, Simon then stated: ‘He thinks he’s better than anyone else in that list.’

Louis responded: ‘No, he does, Simon. He has the confidence. But he’s good, he’s consistent.’ 

One Direction appeared on the seventh season of The X Factor, which aired on ITV at the end of 2010.

While Matt Cardle went on to win the singing competition, One Direction became one of the most successful acts ever to come out of the former ITV programme.

The boyband went on to become one of the best-selling boybands of all time, topping the charts worldwide.

In early 2015, Zayn quit the band and by the end of the year Harry, Niall, Louis and Liam decided to take a hiatus which is still going on today as they pursue solo careers.

Victorious: One Direction appeared on the seventh season of The X Factor, which aired on ITV at the end of 2010

Victorious: One Direction appeared on the seventh season of The X Factor, which aired on ITV at the end of 2010

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